Wedding Roots

We had been to the lovely wedding of the daughter of John’s first cousin. The church was Katie’s home church, where the minister who performed the ceremony had been her Sunday School teacher when she was young. Her roots were very much there.

I hadn’t thought about wedding roots until our son talked about his friend’s wedding. It was far from the homes of the bride and groom, in another area of the country. He couldn’t go, but he talked to an old friend who did go. That jogged my memory that our daughter had been to a wedding outside the country on a tropical beach. I enjoyed hearing about these glamorous events, but they were out of my league.

I said to son John $, “I haven’t thought about destination weddings in quite a while. Are they still an ‘in’ thing?”

I didn’t stop to think that $ has lived in North Carolina for a number of years. He is so at home hiking and camping in the woods, that you’d never guess he grew up on Long Island. He is a transplant, one whose roots in sandy soil don’t show.

$ had an immediate answer to my question. He shrugged and said, “How would I know? The weddings I go to are usually in barns!”

13 thoughts on “Wedding Roots

  1. Ha, I recently attended a big wedding (first one in years) and it too, was in a barn. Barn weddings have become quite popular here in New England. It was done up real nice with white tablecloths and sparkly twinkle lights everywhere. Several of my friends have been invited to destination weddings, but they don’t usually go, way too expensive!

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    1. I’m not sure how elegant barn weddings are in NC. Actually, I look at an event barn all the time. It’s just over the hill from my deck, and all I see is a bit of the roof. Once in a while we hear thumpy music, denoting an event in progress. Thankfully, the noise never goes far into the night.

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  2. Anne,
    I have never attended or been invited to a destination wedding but they are a trend among the richer folks in my country. It is sometimes a shame to see the extravagance.
    As to a barn wedding, I have seen pictures of them, I think they would be cool and pretty practical too, I think.
    Weddings are good places to connect with people and so are funerals.

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  3. Weddings are becoming sort of ridiculous, I think. 😦 I love the simple and family friendly. The cost alone often prohibits the groom/bride from including everyone, we’ve had many extended family weddings where our children are not invited because it costs too much. Kind of sad in a way.

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    1. Simple and family friendly were what most weddings were in the South when we got married. The reception was usually a stand-up affair in the church kitchen area. Everyone went straight from the ceremony to the reception. Our observation today is that the higher the cost of the wedding, the quicker the divorce.

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  4. I’ve never been to a destination wedding or to a wedding in a barn. Both sound lovely to me, but we seem to go to weddings in churches– or occasionally an event venue when the couple isn’t religious. Churches I like, but the event venue places seem impersonal to me. But hey, whatever floats your wedding boat, you know?


    1. From the comments here, barn weddings are now “in”. The ones our son has gone to are not the “in” kind, more “the animals are outside today” kind. I can’t remember ever going to a wedding that wasn’t in a church, but then our family and friends are faithful attenders.

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