Contrivance #3: Stop the Wedding!

If I had a nickle for every time I waited until the last minute to tell a woman I love her while she stood in front of hundreds of people at her wedding…

This happens in movies all the time. The most recent example I can think of (although I’m sure there are others) is in Wedding Crashers. Why did Owen Wilson wait until Rachel McAdams’ wedding day to tell her he loved her?

Now, I understand that we inherently work best with the pressure of deadlines. But if the guy has found it so difficult to profess his love in ample one-on-one opportunities with the woman, why can he suddenly do it in front of hundreds of strangers? Wouldn’t it make much more sense to talk to the bride in private close to the wedding day?

The wedding profession of love has become one of those scenes that only exists in movies. And yes, it has probably happened once or twice in real life too…out of billions of weddings. And yet out of mere thousands of movie weddings, it probably happens 15-20% of the time.

Somewhat related, I watched the episodes of The Office tonight where (spoiler alert from 2009!) Jim and Pam get married. It still makes me teary-smile when Jim says, “The boat was actually plan C. The church was plan B. And plan A was marrying her a long, long time ago.”

Perhaps it’s cheesy and somewhat manufactured, but watching Jim and Pam on The Office makes me believe that I can find love like that too, that I’ll know it when I’ll see it, and I’ll be strong enough to do something about it.

Kudos to Katie for sending today’s contrivance idea to me. If you have one, e-mail me at

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