Tearful Brides? Not Hardly!

No tears here!

A while back I asked all of your lovely ladies and gents which of you cried at your weddings or anticipated crying at your weddings, and the results were pretty interesting. 61% of the unmarried set thought they’d cry, while 63% of people who were actually married DID NOT actually cry. So it seems that a lot of us think we’re going to cry while we say our vows, but not all that many of us actually do.

Me? I laughed. At my own inability to read the bit of paper that held my vows. Oops! And I’ve seen plenty of brides and grooms do the same. I like to hear a little laughter during the wedding vows – it certainly makes things more interesting for guests. And in the spirit of my love of laughter during wedding ceremonies, I’m putting up a new poll modeled after the crying at weddings survey.

For those not yet married:

For those already married:

Don’t see yourself laughing during wedding vows because it’s so solemn an occasion? Maybe you won’t laugh, but don’t discount the possibility! As solemn as you may think you’ll be feeling, a case of the giggles can come on without warning. So former brides and grooms, if you were a laugher, I’d love to know what made you laugh!

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5 Responses to “Tearful Brides? Not Hardly!”

  1. Linda says:

    I laughed through the whole ceremony (all 7 minutes of it). Hubby cried though.

  2. I laughed! At myself, for standing in front of so many people looking at clumsy-me like I was some sort of ethereal beauty; at my husband, for looking at me with his hotdog face (i.e. the happy-face he gets when presented with a hotdog); and at *us* because we felt like children pretending to be grown-ups.

  3. SarahDances says:

    My cousin laughed at her wedding. Her macho man Navy pilot husband got choked up when saying his vows, and she starting cracking up and couldn’t stop laughing! I’ve actually got some great pictures of it.

  4. When the priest said, “Member,” my almost-husband looked at me and smirked. I could see what was going through his head: “He said ‘member!'”

    I had to look away so I wouldn’t burst out laughing.

  5. Rita says:

    Well, as David Huron points out, laughter and crying may have the same evolutionary origins. They are very similar physiologically and sometimes laughter is what comes out when we’re a lit bit nervous, not crying. Most adults wouldn’t cry under this theory. Maybe we could ask around how many burst out into uncontrollable laughter!