Wed­ding sea­son never seems to end

Ten years of at­tend­ing mar­riage cer­e­monies hasn’t got­ten old for Shan­non Newley, she hopes for more

QT Magazine - - THE LAST WORD - THE LAST WORD WITH SHAN­NON NEWLEY

IWAS lucky enough to wel­come this spring with a wed­ding.

My older brother, Matthew, mar­ried his long time love, Cristina, in what was the most special wed­ding I have at­tended. And that’s a big call.

I’ve been to what feels like a mil­lion wed­dings in the past 10 years.

First I worked my way through the unions of my slightly older then-boyfriend’s friends be­fore my con­tin­gent of mates started to tie the knot.

More re­cently the friends of my younger now ex-boyfriend started down the path of a life to­gether.

And yes, based on the num­ber of exes I have al­ready men­tioned, you would be right in as­sum­ing none of these wed­dings have been my own.

For­tu­nately I love a good party and wed­dings gen­er­ally in­clude all of the things that make for a good party - food, booze and danc­ing. Un­for­tu­nately I have found my­self un­able to en­joy these par­ties as much as one would like as I have some­how found my­self with tasks.

As some­one who breezes in and out of peo­ple’s lives based on ge­og­ra­phy, working com­mit­ments and gen­eral lazi­ness, I too am sur­prised that peo­ple would want to place me in charge of any­thing to do with their big day.

But I seem to have proven my­self as that brides­maid who man­ages to do the bare min­i­mum fairly well. I turn up on time to get ready, wear the dress and shed the ap­pro­pri­ate amount of happy tears. Be­yond that I’m not much good.

Re­cently one of my dear­est friends launched a sneak at­tack on me. Be­ing one of the most or­gan­ised peo­ple I know, I cer­tainly wasn’t ex­pect­ing her to in­clude me in any­thing too special for her May 2018 wed­ding.

I thought per­haps I might be tasked a read­ing or be asked to turn on the mu­sic as she walked down the aisle - both seemed daunt­ing to me.

She did how­ever ask me to help her with some wed­ding dress shop­ping, but I thought that was per­haps be­cause she knew I would tell her frankly if the dress wasn’t working.

The day be­fore, how­ever, she sent me a text telling me to bring the ap­pro­pri­ate un­der­wear to try on brides­maid dresses.

At first I thought she may have asked me (and I agreed) af­ter a few drinks and I’d for­got­ten, but af­ter look­ing through re­cent com­mu­ni­ca­tions, I re­alised it was sur­prise brides-maid­ing. I’m of course happy and hon­oured to oblige, even if brides­maid tasks mean chip­ping in to my party time.

But hope­fully I’ll be able to make up for that very soon with plenty more wed­dings.

With the mar­riage equal­ity postal sur­vey un­der way, I hope the re­sult will mean there’s plenty more wed­dings to at­tend in the com­ing years.

And that’s my last word on that.

PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN PHOTOGRAPHY

Wed­ding du­ties can still in­clude a few bub­bles here and there. From left, Emily Knox, Hazel Pef­fers, Jenna Cair­ney, Gil­lian Cair­ney, Shan­non Newley and Alexan­dra Thomp­son.

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