Wednesday, November 05, 2008


First, apologies for the pictures. Secondly this will make me sound a horrible snob, but blimey! What's going on here?

In the end, making Missy's wedding dreams come true cost her father - who lives in a caravan and surfaces driveways for a living - a whopping £100,000.
But as his princess, who hasn't been in a classroom since she was nine and wants to be a glamour model, posed for photographs, her father Simon, 35, declared it was worth every penny. 'I'm very proud of her today,' he said.
Missy was just happy to be the undisputed centre of attention.
Her dress, studded with Swarovski crystals, and with a 10ft wide train, was so heavy that it took ten guests to help her struggle out of the Rolls-Royce Phantom that brought her to the church.

That's right - a church

The couple married six days after Missy turned 16 at St Mary's Catholic Church in Congleton-Cheshire. After the ceremony-guests in feathers and crystals enjoyed champagne and an all-day buffet at the reception. Girls as young as nine showed off bikini tops, high heels and make-up.
Guest Victoria Docherty, 23, who wore a £700 hotpants and bra outfit, said: 'This isn't unusual - it's just what we do at weddings. It's all very extravagant. Everything is paid for by the bride's daddy.'

'a £700 hotpants and bra outfit'?In church? A Catholic Church?

Here is a question for the clergy, and it's a tricky one. What would you do in this situation? Bear in mind one of the families is from the, ahem, Not-Conventionally-Housed Community, who might be a bit upset, but would you stop the wedding?

Do ya like dags?

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Blogger Jackie Parkes said...


8:13 AM  
Blogger Fr. Erik Richtsteig said...

The bridesmaid's dress is a marvel of engineering.

5:09 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

I believe it is known as a cantilever.

6:36 PM  
Blogger Mac McLernon said...

To be fair, I believe that travellers have very strong views on sex before marriage, and while I think the clothing totally inappropriate, at least the girl was getting married in a church...

9:43 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Oh, quite, Mac. This is not an anti-Traveller post. More a reflection on the fact that people feel they can wear whatever they like in a church (as witnessed at Eldest Boy's First Holy Communion this year)

Good for the Travelling folk if they have such a respect for marriage.

11:08 PM  
Blogger Ponte Sisto said...

Reminds me of a similar type wedding at Portsmouth Cathedral just over ten years ago. The groom spent the night before in the cells for brawling in the city centre and come the recessional, he left the bride at the altar to walk down the aisle alone, so he could have a cigarette.

11:11 PM  
Blogger Agellius said...

What are "Travellers"?

11:00 PM  
Blogger Agellius said...

"Here is a question for the clergy, and it's a tricky one. What would you do in this situation?"

The pastors of two of the churches I have attended -- one of which offers the mass in the OF in Latin, the other of which offers the EF -- put signs near the entrance to the church that say "NO IMMODEST CLOTHING". One of them specifies, no halter tops, no shorts, no mini-skirts, etc.

I'm sure either of them would have made it clear to the couple well before the wedding what kinds of attire would be unacceptable. Why can't all pastors do this?

11:16 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Travellers is a euphemism for what in a previous age would have been called gypsies or Romany folk. Travellers in the UK are often from Ireland or of Irish stock.

If I had to generalise, the perceived anti-social tendencies which can make them unpopular with the population at large are tempered by a generally fierce sense of loyalty to their community, a sense of honour and propriety within the community and peculiar but firece devotion amongst those (many) travellers who are Catholics.

Travellers ('show people') in Scotland are slightly different in their mores and lineage (most have Scots surnames). I've treated many of them in semi-permanent caravan parks in the east end of Glasgow and found them universally wonderful people: honest, self-reliant, generous.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Ottaviani said...

There is really no excuse on the part of the parish priest for allowing such a travesty to take place.

Yes, it is good that they got married in a church and not a registry office but it can never excuse the fact that the priest must have made it clear, that no immodest dressing is permitted where the true presence of the Blessed Sacrament is kept. Most priests are familiar that while "travellers" have an immense devotion to Catholic spirituality, a lot of the women are scantily dressed.

Think of the occasion of sin, that such an outfit practically guarantees for the men, not to mention, the priest himself!

12:08 PM  

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