Saturday, October 22, 2011

"Wedding Crashers"

Raucous comedy “Wedding Crashers” is about two best friends, John (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy (Vince Vaughn), who crash weddings in order to party and hook up with female wedding guests. The pair finds themselves in an extended charade when they agree to spend the weekend with a senator’s dysfunctional family, stumbling over their aliases as things get weirder.


Bride: 8/10
Groom: 8/10


Although this film can be super inappropriate, it is well cast, well written, and truly sincere at times. Since Brandon and I watched this film on our first date (cute?), I can say that it is a great film for both guys and gals. Due to the film’s popularity, the term “wedding crasher” was lightened in western culture, as the movie characters attend the wedding ceremonies, act appropriately, and actually improve the festivities. Real-life wedding crashers are not as enjoyable, and can cause a great amount of trouble at weddings. So should brides be worried about their wedding being crashed? Read on…


Unlike in the film, a real-life wedding crasher is usually out for free food, free drinks, and to possibly steal from wedding guests or the bride and groom[1]. Here are some key features that would attract wedding crashers:
·      A large wedding: At a small wedding, it would be very easy for guests to notice if someone new slipped in, and there would be a greater chance of identifying an uninvited guest.
·      A venue with high foot traffic: Hotels will house hundreds of people that are not attending the wedding, and so people can get very close to the party without an invitation.
·      A venue with minimal security: Security cameras can catch unwanted guests, and can capture license plates and key information to help track down thieves.
·      Weddings set in a large city: In small towns, where everyone knows everyone, it would be very easy to spot a stranger.


If you expect that your wedding might be a target for potential wedding crashers, here are some steps to take to keep crashers out:
·      Request that guests bring their invitations to the reception with them to show that people entering were, in fact, invited.
·      Get extra security detail to monitor the event with security cameras and staff watching the gifts and guests’ personal belongings.
·      To protect wedding gifts, place them far away from any exits so people will notice if a guest is leaving with one.


I cannot speak from personal experience when it comes to wedding crashers, so I'll refer to a real-life example: a Boston newspaper reported that two young females dressed in wedding guest attire crashed a wedding this past May, and left the wedding with $2,800 worth of gift cards and a wedding gift[2].  Thankfully, video surveillance caught both women stealing the gifts, and police were able to locate their homes and retrieve the stolen property.


Bottom Line: “Wedding Crashers” is a hilarious film that the bride and groom can both enjoy. However, actual wedding crashers are not nearly as comical, and can cause a great deal of distress by stealing food, drinks, and presents. If you think that your wedding might be a target for wedding crashers, hide your gifts (and your single lady friends).


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