Not really. Younger than me, all of them.
Hard to be young and a witness of something from the 19th century.
The mother said that her daughter wanted her to be there. I guess she wanted to be married in her church even more.
I can’t speak for what the daughter wanted, but I’m glad you’re talking about this in terms of complex family relationships and putting the power in the bride/grooms’ hands.
People all over the world have dreams of what they want their wedding to be. Some choose to fly to exotic places knowing that only a select handful will be able to join them. Some choose to elope and have no one there at all. Some choose to have multiple weddings to make things easy on dispersed family/friends. In all cases I hope those around the newlyweds are able to support them in what makes them happy. (I can testify from first-hand experience that this does happen. My wife is the only church member in her family.) It is, after all, not their wedding.
Harder still to eradicate all the vestiges of silliness from the 19 Century so much that traces of them cant be seen today. You only have to look at your undies to see some of those traces.
I broadly agree with the rest. I had a problem mainly because I am more familiar with churches that go out of ther way to admit people, and to foster familial love, rather than those that have polices to keep people out and separate kin (unless they all want to be happy in the church.
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