Tearful Brides: A Quickie Poll

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Here’s something you might not know about me: I cry at the drop of a hat. I am like the queen of waterworks. I could probably maintain a salt water fish tank without ever having to buy those jugs of salt water. I cry when I’m sad. I cry when I’m angry. I cry when someone on TV is sad. I cry when I’m happy. I cry when I think about future happy events. All I have to do is imagine a situation where strong emotions would be appropriate, and I tear up. I think the connection between my tear ducts and my brain was sloppily installed, because I am a crying machine.

And yet, I did not cry at my wedding (until my SIL accused my family of intentionally keeping her in the dark about a post-wedding brunch, but that’s another matter). Everyone who knows me was UTTERLY CONVINCED that my crying instinct would kick on about five minutes after I woke up and continue operating until bedtime. But they were wrong. I smiled and laughed my way through the ceremony with perfectly dry eyes. I was too busy coordinating things that morning to shed any tears. And then later, too tired? The main thing those who predicted I would bawl forgot to take into account is that I love being the center of attention. I was too busy being “on” to cry that day.

Attending scads of weddings has shown me, however, that it’s not at all uncommon for brides to cry before, during, and after their wedding vows. Hence all the wedding hankies and admonishments to include Kleenex in the wedding day emergency kit.

So I created a little poll for the brides-to-be:

And for the former brides:

Because I’d love to know whether YOU think you’ll cry (or did cry) at your wedding!


11 Responses to “Tearful Brides: A Quickie Poll”

  1. sara miller says:

    Im not a cry-er but i think seeing my fiance teary eyed is going to make me a bit weepy!

  2. Linda says:

    I did not cry at my wedding but my husband did. I kept asking him what was wrong then I laughed at him since he was crying and I wasn’t.

  3. casablanca says:

    I only teared up once, just for a second when I said my vows to my husband. He just looked so damn adorable and I was so excited I just couldn’t help it. That said, I am a TOTAL crier. I cry watching Glee weekly because I cannot watch a person cry, even on TV, without following suit. It’s so ridiculous. I cried buckets at the last wedding I went to. I like to think it was a particularly touching ceremony but I think I probably cried more than either of the brides and either of their mothers. You are in good company.

  4. Katie says:

    I’m not a crier, so I don’t expect to. It’s only two weeks away so I guess I’ll find out soon. We are fully expecting my fiancé’s mother and several of his sisters (5) to cry though!

  5. Amber says:

    I won’t but my fiancé totally will. Add to the poll!

  6. SarahDances says:

    At my cousin’s wedding, her big macho man Navy pilot husband got totally choked up during the vows, which then made my cousin start giggling uncontrollably. It was a really sweet, moment, actually! Honestly, my tendency to cry at weddings/movies/anything is more a result of what time of the month it is for me, heh. Ah, hormones.

  7. a meg says:

    I am exactly like you, Christa. Never a moment of emotion without crying(including rage, ugh, so annoying to try to yell at someone while crying). I was sure I’d be blubbering all day at our wedding, to the point that I instructed our photographers not to do any close-ups during the ceremony (I am also not a pretty crier. I get all swollen and blotchy very fast). I laid in my stock of hankies and prepared for the worst. And then, nothing! I was so nervous I was shaking, yet for once in my life, no tears! One of my little wedding miracles.

  8. Twistie says:

    I’m a sentimental cryer. I’ve been known to curse under my breath as I tear up at freaking Hallmark commercials!

    And yet, on my wedding day, cool as a cucumber with entirely dry eyes.

    Go figure.

    As for Mr. Twistie, well, he did seem on the verge of tears for a couple minutes when his mother died… but that’s as close to crying as I’ve ever seen him come.

    Does anyone else find it kind of amusing how the numbers are coming out so far? 65% think they probably will cry, and 68% of us old married ladies didn’t!

  9. Jelly says:

    I must edit that, I don’t want to cry… but I’ll probably think about how I never ever expected this to happen, and somehow the sheer impossible-become-factual will make my eyes tear up, my voice crack, and my nose get stuffy. I don’t want to cry!

    Hopefully I can stay that thought until after everything is over.

  10. I bet there are plenty who cry a few years after!

  11. Kate says:

    I giggled uncontrollably during my 1st wedding – everyone assumed I was crying. Hah.

    Second time around both of us got teary-eyed. We got a head start during the pre-wedding ketubah ceremony, and it kind of never stopped all the way. My husband rarely cries, and I don’t think I’ll ever forget him tearing up during our vows. 🙂