Off they gallop, keen to pander to the shamelessly prurient vicarious thrill that so many people get from following the royal soap opera. And what’s better for ratings and merchandise tie-ins than a big wedding episode? Journalists will be anticipating months ahead of letting the waffle freely flow while merchandisers offer wedding-related content up to them on a platter, and they get to dust off some of their old Diana content for the nostalgia quotient as well.
The British economy is already perking up. Bookmakers are offering odds on the date, the venue, the dress designer and goodness knows what else. The Wedding Industrial Complex is girding its collective loins for the onslaught, as designers take the opportunity for free publicity by rabbiting on about their latest wedding constructions and how they’d be just “perfect” for the royal bride. Jewellers must be grinding their teeth over the decision to recycle a family ring for the engagement trophy. Good on the Prince, although not having one at all (or having matching engagement bands) would have been truly iconoclastic.
P.S. my bah-humbugging on this is sadly incomplete due to failing to note that the current Western wedding fantasy is almost entirely based on royal wedding fever amongst the Industrial Age aspiring bourgeoisie – before 1840 when Queen Victoria was married in an immense white satin and lace confection that she never meant to wear again, brides mostly got married in a stylish outfit suitable for Sunday best afterwards. Her gown was widely photographed, and thus widely copied, and here we are.
Anyway, I am so not interested in any of the gossip about this wedding, that I know already will unavoidably filter through my mental periphery in the months to come (prime example – that I know about the engagement ring as above). So how about a thread where we share some fun pop culture moments about weddings (or non-weddings) that avoid the Consumerist Fantasy Wedding tropes? I’ll start off with Fred Astaire dancing on the ceiling (from the film titled Royal Wedding – yes, I am cognisant of the irony of using a film cashing in on a previous generation’s royal wedding fever to illustrate my point):
And here’s a rather nice deconstruction how the above scene was filmed:
What’s your favourite bling-ka-ching-free pop culture wedding/un-wedding moment?