I never had a wedding, thank God. Never even dreamed about The Big Day when I was a little girl. Perhaps that’s because my dad wasn’t around and, having spent most of my childhood on food stamps, I knew nobody would be footing the bill for anything fancy.
Then, as I got older and friends started to plan weddings that took over their entire lives for months and months and months and months and months, and I saw them turn into shells of their former selves, collapsing under the pressure of limited seating in chapels, seating charts at receptions, steak or chicken and bridesmaid drama – well, let’s just say I stood firm in my decision to never have a wedding. Whole lotta trouble for not much return, I figured. Why drop a crapload of cash on just one day, I reasoned? A day when two out of my three brothers would likely get drunk and start a fight and some family member would leave the party vowing to never speak to another family member… Might as well save my sanity and my money for a down payment on a house.
I got married secretly at a retired judge’s home. His wife stood in as witness. We went to the Red Lobster for our honeymoon because we had a coupon. I’d do it all over again. No muss, no fuss – HOWEVER. A couple years ago I watched this viral video and if anything could ever convince me to have a wedding it was this. How fun! But then I thought of all the hours of rehearsing and stress that routine probably added to the usual wedding madness and, once again, felt good about my decision to never have a wedding.
Now, again, a new video is storming the internet. One that tugs at my heart strings and makes me sort of regret my weddingless life. It’s okay, though. I’ve got a 2-year-old daughter I can live through, right? So maybe I should get her and her pops working on their daddy-daughter dance early, because, dammit, someone in this family should have a proper wedding!
The new viral video is from Bountiful, Utah. What started out as a traditional slow dance between Laura Benyon Hughes, and her father suddenly turned into Utah’s version of “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Hughes and her father, Chris Beynon broke out into a synchronized medley of dance moves ranging from the “Chicken Dance” to the “Macarena” to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
At one point it looks like Beynon incurs a groin-related injury, but, no fear! He finished in stellar form. Had Mary Murphy herself been in attendance she would have been screaming like the banshee and sent him through to the next round.
What do you think? Worth the hassle or oh-my-God-weddings-are-already-stressful-enough?!
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