Samuel Johnson called second marriages "the triumph of hope over experience", and I think were he to join me for a week of weddings, he'd double down on that. This past week saw several return Marriage Factory customers, including one couple who'd had 5 previous swings and misses between them. If there's one thing marriage teaches, it's that everyone makes mistakes. Sometimes the marriage is that mistake.
It would seem that being married before affects the chances of success, but luckily, my personal experience belies that. My mother stayed married to my stepfather from 1981 until she passed away. I have relatives and friends in very happy second or even third marriages. I am married to someone who has been married once before. We have been married almost 15 years, so it seems to have taken. Since America is the land of reinvention, why shouldn't that apply to weddings?
It was all about tiger print this week, with one bride in tiger-print heels and another in a tiger-print blouse. The winner was my final couple, with guests dressed in flowing multicolored saris and the bride in a black gown with gold detailing and beads.
By the numbers
Formal wear: 8
Couple who had a large crowd at their confidential wedding: 1