Quickie Question: What’s the Most Bizarre Piece of Wedding Advice You’ve Gotten?


It’s a fact. Weddings bring out the weird in people.

Sometimes it’s charming and quirky… and sometimes it’s just one huge wth? moment from beginning to end.

But one aspect where it’s virtually guaranteed to come crawling out of the woodwork is in the area of advice. Nearly everyone has an opinion, and many of them feel that the announcement of an impending wedding is carte blanche to express them at will at the happy couple.

I got a couple of doozies. Probably the most heartfelt was from a befuddled gentleman of my acquaintance who informed me that I needed to make Mr. Twistie get me a new engagement ring because engagement rings are diamonds, and without a diamond my marriage was simply doomed. No, really, my marriage is doing just fine entirely sans diamonds. And I’m the one who chose the silver frog prince. Mr. Twistie was kind of confused with the choice at first, too, but he’s used to my meandering to a very different drummer. I don’t even march to it!

One lady I know was fervently urged to only do her ironing while her husband was away at work, lest his seeing her do housework destroy the mystery. Yeah, that one might have been more helpful if he wasn’t the one doing the laundry.

So what about you? Has anyone given you a piece of wedding/marriage advice that made you really scratch your head? What was it?

3 Responses to “Quickie Question: What’s the Most Bizarre Piece of Wedding Advice You’ve Gotten?”

  1. Jenn October 10, 2011 at 9:56 am #

    Ah, yes, the inevitable advice.

    Since our engagement is pretty new we haven’t gotten too much (yet) but we did have one friend call us up to congratulate us and then started in on the bizarre suggestions (like training a monkey to be the ring bearer–yes, I think she was serious and, yes, I have a thing for monkeys but not that much of a thing!) only to end the call (20 minutes later) with the advice she wished she was given before her wedding: don’t let anyone tell you what you should do on YOUR day.

    Bless her heart, she meant well. I think.

  2. Twistie October 10, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    I’m sure she did mean well, Jenn. All the same, I’m having some serious giggles over the idea that someone would think it’s a good idea to tell someone else to have a monkey ring bearer! If she ever wants to do that, I say more power to her… but to suggest it to someone else… yeah, I can’ t top that one. Her final piece of advice, though, is spot on. Follow that one. Oh, and congratulations on your engagement!

  3. Sarah October 16, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    I got two very specific (I’m assuming to their situations) pieces of advice from divorced acquaintances of mine that were just strange…

    1. Always do the dishes, because if you don’t, you’ll fight about it an get divorced.

    2. Don’t marry someone smarter than you, because you’ll get divorced (so far so good with my genius husband!)