Just came back from an absolutely beautiful wedding -- beautiful, that is, in all aspects but one. It started with the rabbi, who under the Chuppah talked about 'good things being worth the wait,' and rehashed this point for a good three minutes. Cringe. It continued with the mother of the bride, who thanked the groom for finally taking the bride off her hands, and went on about just how long she'd had to wait for this moment. Cringe, cringe. It ended with the best man talking about the groom's long bachelorhood and going on about how no one thought they'd ever seen him under the Chuppah. By this point, although this was typical best man fare -- Cringe, cringe, cringe.
The groom was 39, the bride was 36. I, and many people in the room could not help but feel aghast that at the moment of their simcha, when they were celebrating one of the happiest moments in their life, the time it took them to get there was still being rubbed in their faces. Not to mention, just how insensitive this was towards the many singles in the room, who were also in their late 30s and perhaps even older.
If this is what this couple was subjected to after they'd actually tied the knot, I dread to think what they must have gone through as singles. Is this kind of pressure really helpful???