I hear there’s about to be another Royal Wedding. Have you heard anything about that? Of course, you have. We will be inundated with all things Royal in a matter of moments. As one who celebrates wedding ceremonies with regularity, I suppose I should be thrilled, but alas, I am not. I, in fact, am far less than thrilled.
Come to think of it, maybe that’s why I find it so boring and over the top. I’ve done so many weddings in my life, I guess I’m not overly exhilarated to watch another one on TV (particularly one that will not only last for hours, but one that will get days of commentary and replays following the actual event).
Self-Important and Pompous
Every wedding is important. I believe that to be true. That’s why I wrote “The Last Wedding.” But no wedding is THAT important (except the final one). There’s not a wedding around that merits the hours of spectatorship that the Royal Weddings garner. For my money, Royal Weddings are no more important than any other. In fact, I find them to be overly self-important, pompous, and presumptuous. I seem to be in the minority, however.
The Brits are in love with them, of course, but it’s their tradition. As far as I can tell, people all over the world go gaga for them as well. Frankly, it’s beyond me, but my lovely Bride is one of them (a viewer, not a Royal), so I can’t totally avoid the spectacle.
I’m not sure, but I’m guessing there are a lot of fathers out there who spend thousands of extra dollars on weddings because their daughters were infatuated with one Royal Wedding or another. Since all of our daughters and granddaughters are wannabe princesses, how can we say, “No.” We can only pray that they’ll be somewhat sensible as they seek to fulfill their need to be a Royal bride.
Love, Honor, and Cherish
Weddings are important rites of passage. They mark and publicize a covenant many single people make to pass into the ranks of the united—as in “one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). It’s a critical moment in someone’s life when they answer, “I will” to the attending celebrant. That celebrant (officiant, pastor, justice of the peace, etc.) has just asked one of the most significant questions to which anyone will ever agree. “Will you take” this person to be your spouse? In so doing, do you agree to “love, honor, and cherish” that person “so long as you both shall live?” It’s a daunting question—one which many of us answer in the affirmative and yet fail to live up to its meaning. Even the Royals have problems living out those vows to the fullest.
Now that I think about it, maybe the well-publicized Royal Weddings are a good thing. If anyone actually listens to what goes on, it could be a good reminder of the gravity of the marriage vows. It could serve as a nudge toward rethinking our own. It surely couldn’t hurt.
[Dave Zuchelli is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and currently resides in Aldie, VA.]