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Runaway Bride

Posted Wednesday, November 3, 2010, at 1:10 PM

So most of us have heard or seen the movie "Runaway Bride" with Julia Roberts. How many of us have actually been in or invited to a wedding and the nuptials were called off at the last minute? Well, I have never been involved in such a predicament until last week.

My husband and I were invited to a close friends wedding. All the preparations had been made, invitations and save the dates had been mailed and received by the guests, the bridal party had been arranged and they all had their attire picked up from the stores. This wedding was happening, and not 4 hours before the start of the wedding, the bride to be called the entire thing off.

Here we were on that Saturday, rushing home to get "fancied up", when my spouse received a text message from the best man. The test read, "The wedding is off, she called it". My husband's first reaction was something to the effect of "No way"!!! He then, without even thinking about it, called his friend, the best man. He could not believe this new information. He then asked to speak to the would be groom, who was terribly upset. My husband still was in disbelief. He and his friends play way too many pranks on each other, and my husband was just not sure if this was a hoax or not. He then called the best man's mother to confirm, which she did.

We both just sat in our car, staring out the front window. No words, no actions, just dead silence. Neither one of us could wrap our brains around this. I then turned to my husband and said, "This only happens on T.V. and in movies." He simply responds, "I know!"

Sure call off the wedding a month or two before, but never 4 hours before.

This crazy day just gets better though. My husband receives a phone call from the best man informing us that there is still going to be a reception for the groom to be, seeing as though the reception dinner has already been paid in full with no returns. This simply blows our minds. I'm still shaking my head about this one. What in the world do you say or do at a reception that was for a wedding, but the bride has called the whole thing off? Will there still be a DJ? What happened to the cake? How does someone dress for this?

Well, let me tell ya. Most of the people that attended wore jeans and a nice shirt or top. Nothing fancy. In this case the DJ had been cancelled and yes there was cake. Everyone wanted to throw the cake out the window, but we were not allowed. Then there were the party favors, which were small glasses that had the names of the bride and groom with the date. Not too many people were taking those; however, I did. I just scratched off the girls name and added the words "and friends" behind the would be grooms name so it read, "Steve and friends" with the date.

At first this get together was quite somber. Not much talking going on, but as everyone started to eat and drink, everyone then became quite merry. Needless to say, the groom's sister was quite "comfortably numb" and we found her eating straight from the wedding cake, which was extremely comical. Everyone seemed to be having a somewhat good time, considering the circumstances. This evening was quite possibly the strangest event I have ever attended, and I hope I never have to experience this ever again.

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