My friend informed me tonight that she, unfortunately, did not make the "maid of honor - Survivor" cut. This did not surprise or disappoint her, but apparently the bride-to-be did not get a good reaction from the way she asked these women to be part of her wedding, so she recently made the "I'm sorry I asked you to be in my wedding by mass e-mail" tour around the city to personally ask each of them to take part. Apparently though, for the bridesmaid who was chosen to be the maid of honor, it was too late. She turned the "role" down, and honestly, I don't blame her. So now one of these remaining girls will be asked as a sloppy second.
It appears as though the wedding, which will be held next year, is going with a 50s Hollywood theme, including satin, pearls, French twists and Audrey Hepburn glamour. From the few times I've met this woman, I'm sure there will be a good amount of "50s Hollywood gawdy" that will be thrown in too.
My poor friend also received, with her verbal bridesmaid invite, a list of what she will be required to wear and get for the wedding, including the following:
- #2 MAC faux eyelashes
- Her hair in a Breakfast at Tiffany's twist, with bump on the crown of the head
- A "delicate" pale pink dress that is knee-length and with a huge bow in the back
- White satin shoes and matching purse
She had more to add but I couldn't write it all down fast enough because I was laughing too hard.
Another portion of this story consisted of the bride-to-be refusing to speak with her divorced parents because they informed her that they cannot pay for part of her "deal" wedding. When they told her that their financial situation didn't allow them to help pay for it, she became enraged with them because "they've had 30 years to save for this." While it doesn't surprise me that she reacted this way, it did irritate me that she was so selfish about this.
Trust me, when you grow up with not a lot of money, you learn not to expect anything and to be grateful for what you are offered. I think the issue really is that she expected them to pay for this and found out that wouldn't be the case. And we all know what happens when you ass-u-me things.
If I get married, I have no expectations that my parents will help pay for it. Of course, if they could offer some help, that would be great, but honestly I won't hold my breath.