Marriage As a Disposable Commodity

It strikes me that there are a lot of people out there who are missing the overall point of those two little words, “I do.” Sure, weddings are fun. We LOVE weddings here at Manolo for the Brides, obviously. We look at wedding dress after wedding dress. We watch the wedding shows. We debate the merits of wedding favors. In short, there can be no doubt that Twistie and I are gaga over weddings.


But as nutty as we are for nuptials, I think both of us (and all of you) realize that the wedding is just one day out of your life. It doesn’t matter if your wedding budget is $100 or $100,000… once the reception is over, you have a whole lifetime of marriage to attend to. Unfortunately, not everyone can be as smart as us! For example, a couple living in Germany recently decided to end their marriage on the same day they tied the knot. That’s right, the same day!

“He said he never wanted to see her again and wanted an immediate annulment, and she said the same thing,” a spokesman for police in the northern city of Hanover said Thursday.

And it’s not as if the newlyweds simply decided amicably to part ways. Of course not. Almost immediately after they said their “I dos,” the bride and groom began fighting, and the fight culminated in the groom trying to slice off the bride’s hair with a kitchen knife. To make a long story short, the police were called, a restraining order was filed, and only then did the couple say their goodbyes.

Yeesh! I tell you what — as much as I like weddings, I’d take a good, happy marriage over a perfect wedding any day of the week. I’d rather be like Philipose Thomas, 100, and Sosamma, 99, of Kerala, India. If both of them are still alive, they’ve been married for a cool 91 years. (I say “if” because the last report I could find said 87 years in 2005.)


That’s awesome, no? One interviewer asked the couple if they ever quarreled. “Never,” said Mr. Thomas. “A lot,” said Sosamma. The Beard and I would probably give the very same answers.

4 Responses to “Marriage As a Disposable Commodity”

  1. Chiken says:

    You want to be like people who were married to each other as young children?

  2. jstar says:

    That’s cool, and people think I’m young to be getting married at 23, they were 13 and 14 years old… I can’t imagine being married so young!

  3. Of course not, Chiken! I want to be like two people who’ve been married for quite a long time and seem to have enjoyed being married to one another!

  4. La BellaDonna says:

    The problem I see with this particular marriage, NtB, is that the parties involved had no choice. The marriage was arranged for them. And they were married at a time and in a culture when it was not possible, for the bride, at least, to get out of the marriage, regardless of how unhappy she might have been. Based on what each party had to say about fighting, it seems as if the husband got what HE wanted during the course of the marriage. The bride? Not so much.

    One interviewer asked the couple if they ever quarreled. “Never,” said Mr. Thomas. “A lot,” said Sosamma.

    I’m afraid that I see this marriage as being a lot less awesome than yours with The Beard, NtB.