Ever since the movie Wedding Crashers debuted people have been secretly longing to show up uninvited to someone’s nuptials. Elisabeth and I are classy ladies, so we would never crash a wedding, but we would crash a wedding expo.
As that old saying goes, “luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” And sometimes you just strike gold! Like many weekends, Elisabeth and I had just finished brunch and were cruising around San Francisco when we decided to wonder into the Ritz Carlton. The hotel was abuzz, when a woman walked up and asked if we were there for the wedding expo – naturally, we replied, “yes.” So, she whisked us off to the expo hall. Not knowing fully what we had gotten ourselves into we just walked right in (um apparently, you needed tickets).
Entering the hall, it was both the scariest and most interesting thing I had ever seen. Women went from photographer to cake maker to hairstylist – moving at a pace as if it were a sport. Soon vendors began approaching Elisabeth and I asking about our “big day.” Again, having not really thought this through we began making up elaborate tales of our impending nuptials.
Now if this had been all about flowers and china patterns for the reception we would have thrown in the towl and cut our losses, but we are women who love free stuff. So, imagine our delight when we realized there were caters and wedding cake makers who were just dying to have people try their goods. As we shucked raw oysters we talked of how perfect the seafood bar would be for a beach wedding. And we nearly made ourselves sick as we tried every flavor of cake imaginable, and of course washed it down with some champagne.
So, what lessons did we glean from our wedding expo crashing?