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Bethenny Frankel's Shotgun Wedding

Watching Bethenny “own”  her shotgun wedding in last night’s episode of Bethenny Gets Married? made me wonder if this isn’t the way to go. I can actually imagine planning for a wedding and a new baby simultaneously: Just fold all those showers and registries and gifts and parties and thank-you notes and expenses and neurotic nesting and planning and smiling into one big swaddle of white chiffon and call it a day.

Everyone’s done it: Gwyneth, Reese, Damon, Peet, Turlington, Federer, Affleck… Is there a celebrity of this generation who didn’t get shoved down the aisle with a shotgun to his or her back?

According to a survey by Maternitybride.com one in six brides is pregnant.  Long gone is the stereotype of the Jack Daniels swilling, chain-smoking, knocked-up bride. Look at this lovely couple, here– wait, is that one of the Gore girls?

(Photo: Mahalie/Flickr)

From Bethenny’s drama last night, it seems like the same wedding headaches exist for pregnant and non-pregnant alike: A hostile, misogynist wedding planner who wants to revise your every thought with some hideous cliche; six million to-do lists and ensuing fights between the betrothed; dresses that seem more appropriate for Vaudeville than the alter. As Bethenny said, after plowing her way through a “cornfield” of gowns: “I saw sparkles, bathing suits, stripper costumes, vegas showgirls.”

But she found her perfect dress eventually because these days there are tons of great maternity bridal dresses to choose from. How about Amanda Peet’s?

Even Reem Acra does maternity.  And you can buy ECO-FRIENDLY, COUTURE, MATERNITY wedding dresses!! Here’s one from Jessica Iverson, not bad!

I suppose the one possible draw-back to a shotgun wedding would be the alcohol abstinence factor. Though if recent studies are to be believed a glass of champagne will be good for all the guests, even those who arrive in utero.

photo of Bethenny: Andrei Jackamets/Bravo

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