Dearly Beloved We Are Gathered Here Today To Celebrate …
Dearly Beloved We Are Gathered Here Today To Celebrate …. Do these words strike terror in your heart? You know when the ceremony is over you’re going to be giving your wedding speech, right? Standing up in front of all those people and sharing your feeling about your best friend? It would frighten toughest of men…but you can beat those terrors by focusing on the other great aspects of the wedding.
You know, there’s more to weddings than the wedding speeches. If you’re the best man, you get to kiss the bride and maid of honor. That’s a plus, sometimes…as the best man you get to play the hero when the cater leaves town with the deposit money and grab your trusty sword…err…I mean, your phone and call for 30 pizza for instant delivery, while doing your best to entertain the guests until they arrive.
There’s the dancing after the reception and wedding speeches with that fair lady you’ve had your eye on since you meet her at the rehearsal dinner. And of course, all the duty dances with grandma and aunties that like to tell you “how you’ve grown”. Don’t forget that!
Then there’s the “keeping an eye” on your best friend (the groom) until the bride takes over after all the wedding speeches. This is the time you can finally sit back, relax, and just enjoy the rest of the night without any more duties. And no wedding speech to worry about either. Finally, it’s over, your best friend is married, and you wish him (or the bride) the best of luck with him.
You’ve done your part; you came through the wedding, the wedding speeches and the reception without a scratch. Now, as long as you don’t catch the wedding bouquet when the bride throws it you should be in the clear.
That is until the next time you’re asked to be another best man.
[ "Dearly Beloved We Are Gathered Here Today" is an excerpt from an work of fiction by Karen Weilert ]