How would this help divorce rates? Well after watching the woman of their dreams in action at the bridal store, I think many of these men would yank that engagement ring off their gal's finger and head for the hills leaving no forwarding address.
The spoiled, whining, demanding, diva-ish behavior is almost frightening to watch. What are most likely normally nice women turn into prima donnas of the first order while shopping for a bridal gown.
It also appears that the bad behavior is directly related to the number of other women (mother, aunts, grandmothers, bridesmaids) accompanying the bride-to-be. In the search for a perfect dress to be showcased at a fairy-tale wedding, some women lose control, forget they ever learned good manners and think they're queen of the world.
My comments sound harsh, but while accompanying my daughter, and my niece two years ago, I've observed a number of brides so I'm not making this up. If you don't believe me, stroll around a bridal salon one Saturday afternoon and see for yourself.
So, I think the custom of surprising the groom at the altar with a vision of bridal loveliness should be abolished. The groom might be in a better position to really determine if he wants to marry his woman if he sees her in action as she seeks the perfect gown.
And perhaps, in order for the bride to make a final determination about the integrity of her groom, she should attend his bachelor party.
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