Yes, it’s true – twenty years ago I made a speech at our wedding while Mark sat and smiled blushingly – or perhaps blushed smilingly – and nowadays apparently it is becoming much more the norm for the bride to make a speech as well as the groom.
The wedding, that most traditional of forms, is changing: Jolene on the Archers is having a Best Woman, too.
women are increasingly not taking their husband’s name or being ‘given away’ by their father – and does anyone actually agree to ‘obey’ their husband nowadays? The last person I knew who did that, claimed that it didn’t really mean ‘obey’ but just ‘respect’ – in which case, I wanted to say, why not have both partners saying it? Not good enough. Of course, it’s up to them and none of my business, but I don’t understand it all the same. There was a modern BBC version of The Taming of the Shrew’ which had an interesting take on the whole business, too:
Blimey! That was 2005. How time flies… soon we’ll have been married for 25 years and it’ll be time to make another speech.
Must go now as I have to write the prayers for this morning’s service. They’re all about thankfulness today.
Oh, and here’s a good pic from yesterday’s ramble on Watermead. We saw a heron or grebe, lots of coots and a whole herd of dragonflies.