The joys of wedding season returning

Living, as we do, in the centre of where folks go for their hen and stag parties we tend to view the return of wedding season with a slightly jaundiced eye. Then again, given the lack of ability to travel at present it might be that people are getting on with the hitching part without the alcoholic blowout that usually precedes it.

Still, as Americans are noting, wedding season is starting again:

Wedding season is slowly ramping up again. Of course, the pandemic’s made it a difficult year for the industry, and now many vendors are working hard to tackle another issue: inclusivity.

Inclusivity isn’t one of those things I’d expect a wedding to be about really, given that rather the point is exclusionary. That sexual relationship is now to be markedly less inclusionary than it might have been when looking around for who to marry perhaps. True, there’s the Krankies to tell us how this might be different but still.

There’s also a slight puzzle about why this is the season:

In general, wedding season extends from late spring and continues through early fall, with weddings peaking in June and September.

That spring time is when fancies turn to thoughts of love is true, rising sap and all that. And if every bird in the country is twittering that they’re the one then of course some fancies will turn that way. That, given the way that humans work over time, explains the September peak at least. But it does still leave the spring one as something of a mystery.

All of which makes this an apposite time to talk of AW Bridal Brand. A one stop shop for the clothing necessary to meet that peak wedding season.

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17 thoughts on “The joys of wedding season returning”

  1. On the matter of weddings I’m a curmudgeon. Marriage – yes, I’m all for it. Weddings – with their absurd stag do’s, their ruinous expenditure, their hyped-up excitement, their bad blood and jealousies – nah.

    I always told my daughter just to elope.

  2. Totally OT, from the Telegraph obits

    John Richards, who has died aged 97, was once described as the “Don Quixote of the grammar world”, as founder proprietor of the Apostrophe Protection Society (APS), which he established in 2001 in an attempt to save an endangered species.

    The usefulness of the apostrophe was memorably made clear when Kingsley Amis, challenged to produce a sentence whose meaning depended on a possessive apostrophe, came up with three versions of the same sentence: “Those things over there are my husband’s; Those things over there are my husbands’, and Those things over there are my husbands.”

    Fed up with signs advertising “ladies fashions” or claiming that “Diamond’s are forever”, Richards, a former local-newspaper subeditor and self-confessed pedant, established his society and set up a website providing advice on the proper use of the much abused punctuation mark.

    Visitors were supplied with a pro forma letter that could be customised and sent to offenders: “Dear Sir or Madam,” it began. “Because there seems to be some doubt about the use of the apostrophe, we are taking the liberty of drawing your attention to an incorrect use.”

  3. @dearieme
    You cheapskate. The fun of weddings is the sweepstake to guess which divorcee gets pissed and makes a scene.

  4. Used to be that you got a full year of Married Man’s(!) income tax allowance whatever the date of the wedding. Hence the Spring rush to get hitched before April 6th.

  5. @BraveFart: I had an Aussie chum who referred to “feral apostrophes”. Full marks to her, I reckon.

  6. Bloke in Montgomeryshire

    @decnine. When I married back in 1969 the tax arrangement was that I had a full year of single person’s tax allowance up to the date of marriage and a full year of married man’s allowance from marriage until the end of the tax year. It therefore, assuming unchanging income, meant getting married halfway through the year was the most beneficial. I got married on the 6th September.

  7. dearieme. There is the old joke that the length of the marriage is inversely proportional to the cost of the wedding.

    We got married in January. Seemed a reasonable way to start the year.

  8. Dennis, Clear-Eyed As Always

    Of course, the pandemic’s made it a difficult year for the industry, and now many vendors are working hard to tackle another issue: inclusivity.

    But only to the extent that they think it will (a) increase profits and/or (b) win them virtue points with their fellow members of the petit bourgeois.

    In other words, it’s narcissistic self-promotion.

  9. the two best days to get married, grand national day or derby day, that way you get a few hints that the anniversary is coming up. My dad did the former, asked his best man to put a tenner on the nose for him. Yup, the man forgot, and yup it won, possibly contributing to a certain ambivalence towards the yearly celebrations.

  10. I’ve always preferred funerals to weddings. With a funeral you know the pain & suffering is over. With a wedding it’s just beginning.

  11. @BiS… You remind me of Peter Tinniswood’s “Uncle Mort”… “Ye know Carter, I prefer funerals to weddins. There’s something so ‘orribly final about a weddin’.” 🙂

    @philip – my late (and notoriously absent-minded) uncle did precisely that – on the basis that it was the only way he was ever likely to remember their anniversary.

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