Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Will You Watch the Royal Wedding?

I’m not sure if you’ve heard or not, but the royal wedding is tomorrow morning. The ceremony starts at 6 am EST, but televised coverage will begin at 4 am on the major networks. As this pre-scheduled post goes live, I will probably be napping in my hotel room in London, having taken an overnight flight last night and arriving in the wee hours of the morning today. I’m still not sure where I’ll be watch the wedding. There will be big screens up in several large parks here broadcasting the nuptials, and I’m sure TVs in every pub and restaurant will be tuned to the ceremony, and, of course, I could always try to brave the crowds close to Westminster Abbey, for a peek of the carriage procession. Or, I could just watch from the comfort of my hotel bed and quickly run out into the streets afterward and celebrate with the throngs of natives in fancy hats.

But, what about you? Will you be getting up at the crack of dawn to watch the wedding?

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    Beckaleigh April 28, 2011, 12:21 pm

    I wake up every morning at 4 a.m. anyway to get my husband out the door for work, so I’ll be tuning in. I wouldn’t plan to get up that early just for the wedding though. I want to wake my daughter up right before Kate’s dress is revealed so she can say when she’s older that she saw it on TV.

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    LennyBee April 28, 2011, 12:27 pm

    I would love to host a big potluck breakfast with all my friends and dress up in wedding attire! What a fabulous idea! Sadly (and not-so-sadly), tomorrow’s the last day of classes, and I can’t quit yet. But, I’m sure I’ll find time next week to check out some of the coverage.

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    Anne (I Go To 11) April 28, 2011, 12:33 pm

    I don’t get up at 4 AM unless it’s an emergency. Nuptials of a royal family that have no bearing on me, an American, do not constitute an emergency in my eyes.

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    sobriquet April 28, 2011, 12:48 pm

    I’m probably going to DVR it and watch parts of it later (as in, a week from now when I actually have the time).

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    Quakergirl April 28, 2011, 12:55 pm

    The beauty of my profession (food industry) is that everyone has weird schedules. Most of my friends in the industry are freelancers or on non 9-5 schedules, so we’re getting together at one of our friends’ apartment at 5am to watch the wedding and make traditional British food. We’ll pretty much pounce on any excuse to eat, plus some of my friends are from countries with actual royalty, so it’s bound to turn into a whose-sovereign-has-the-best-hat contest, but with booze and scones. Should be fun!

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      Rachelgrace53 April 28, 2011, 10:06 pm

      Booze at 5 am? That makes me tired just thinking about it. But the scones could probably get me out of bed!

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        Quakergirl April 28, 2011, 11:20 pm

        Haha, we’ve decided not to booze until it’s noon London time, which is 7am in NYC, because clearly that would draw the line between “respectable professional” and “borderline alcoholic.”

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    MissDre April 28, 2011, 12:59 pm

    I’ll probably look at pictures online afterward. Couldn’t be bothered to sit down and watch it though.

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    sarolabelle April 28, 2011, 1:20 pm

    I have to work. I really don’t care though.

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    MAC2011 April 28, 2011, 2:22 pm

    I just want to see the fancy hats!! I doubt I’ll be tuning in early but probably while I get ready for work :o)

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    Elle April 28, 2011, 1:23 pm

    I will in fact be up at 4 am tomorrow. Only because I need time to get ready to go to Boston at 5am. So no, I will not watch the royal wedding. Maybe I’ll see pictures online later.

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    silver_dragon_girl April 28, 2011, 2:27 pm

    I enjoy any excuse to watch rich people parade around in expensive outfits, as long as I get to freely critique said outfits, so I will be watching. Not at 3am (central) though. Probably via the internet after I get to work at 7:30.

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    bitter gay mark April 28, 2011, 2:46 pm

    Everybody wants to be a PRINCESS! Funny, how nobody ever seems to remember what happened to Princess Diana and her fantastic marriage, oh, not to mention her tragic yet utterly stupid and utterly avoidable death.

    The fact that we even have royalty in this day in age shows just how utterly vapid and shallow a society we have become… Hell, here in the States, there is no royalty! One would think that in a modern forward thinking society that this would be a good thing. But no. No, instead “we” created some for ourselves… Paris Hilton. The Kardashians. Why is this? Why do some many women seemingly WANT to be rich and entitled bitches? Why do so many of you all tune in in droves to watch them parade around like the absolute idiots reality TV clearly reveals them to be? Is it out of quiet desperation to avoid the perceived bleakness of your own lives or what? Does watching somebody who has everything and deserves NONE of it somehow truly make you feel better via escapism? Sorry, but I don’t get it. I simply don’t.

    So, to answer the question. No. No, I won’t be watching. But I will undoubtedly be unable to escape the coverage because it won’t only make the glittering covers of THEM! magazine, instead it’ll be the lead story of every newscast of every news station on the planet because that is how utterly vacuous and utterly stupid we have become as a society. And frankly, that’s not only f-ing sad, it utterly beyond pathetic. At this point, I truly don’t think we could even possibly become more materialistic or care more about the wrong things…

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      MsMisery April 28, 2011, 3:09 pm

      I don’t think you could sound more bitter if your name were bitterest gay mark. While I agree that society in general focuses on all the wrong things, and that we’ve turned all the wrong people into icons, I don’t agree that foreign monarchies are a reflection of modern society’s shallowness. They’ve existed for-ev-er. The wedding of a British royal has always been a spectacle and practically a national holiday across the pond. Maybe it doesn’t need commemorative condoms, but this isn’t the first one that’s been televised either. Ms. Middleton has never really struck me as an “entitled bitch” either, though admittedly I don’t know her personally, anymore than you know a Kardashian, I’m guessing.

      Also, by going apesh*t on the women who you think need a tv fairy tale wedding to “feel better about themselves,” do you feel better about yourself?

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      LennyBee April 28, 2011, 3:45 pm

      Really? You’re comparing the monarchy to reality TV ‘stars’? Remaining a monarchy doesn’t imply that a country is vapid – it implies that they’re traditional. The monarchy’s function is largely ceremonial, but that doesn’t mean they prance around all day like reality TV stars. They work hard, and spend a lot of time on charity work. ‘Becoming a princess’ means Ms. Middleton will be giving up her career dreams and her privacy, and learning a heck of a lot about politics around the world. The queen of England is the official head of state of 16 countries. Is she running them? No. But she does need to be up-to-date on every federal political matter in each of those countries.

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      Quakergirl April 28, 2011, 6:45 pm

      I have ZERO desire to be a princess– never have, never will. I wouldn’t trade places with Kate Middleton for anything in the world. I have a hard enough time with the idea that dozens of people will be watching my future wedding, let alone billions of people watching my every move forever (although I think she’ll be afforded far more privacy and protection than Diana ever was).

      Personally and professionally, though, I’m sort of a history/culture geek and I’m psyched to use it as an opportunity to learn more about another country’s history traditions– political, religious, matrimonial, and gastronomical. I had no idea that fruitcake was a traditional wedding dessert in England, or what Eton Mess was and why it might appear at the wedding dinner until I started watching the coverage. That’s kind of cool for me to learn given that I make dessert for a living. Plus, all the little historical traditions are cool. I assure you that I’m equally interested in how WWII rationing and the need to feed overseas troops affected the way desserts were made in the US and how Stonewall Jackson liked his tea. But if Paris Hilton or the Kardashians ever get married, I won’t be tuning in.

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        TheGirl April 29, 2011, 3:36 pm

        God help the man that marries Paris Hilton.

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    Maracuya April 28, 2011, 3:11 pm

    Hmm. I like sleep. Plus, I guarantee the internet will save any glorious pictures of fancy hats. I don’t really care that much.

    I do have to say that if I were in Kate’s position, I would REALLY have to love William. Giving up her privacy, career ambitions and being scrutinized 24/7… Bleh.

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    brendapie April 28, 2011, 3:39 pm

    I’m watching only to see Catherine’s wedding dress. If it doesn’t have long sleeves (or 3/4 sleeves) I’ll be so disappointed! I’m tired of the strapless wedding dress trend and look forward to the influence her dress will have in the bridal world.

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      silver_dragon_girl April 28, 2011, 10:52 pm

      OMG agree 101%. I hope to get married in the next 3-5 years, and I am really hoping there are more sleeved options out by then. Come on sleeves!!!

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      brendapie April 29, 2011, 3:03 pm

      Ahh… she looked gorgeous but I wish she didn’t have lace sleeves! That was my only (minor) complaint. It is difficult to find a long sleeved dress that looks modern and elegant, and one that doesn’t have lace sleeves so I had high hopes for her dress. Still, she looked amazing and wore that dress well.

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      TheGirl April 29, 2011, 3:35 pm

      That was my one problem when I was looking! There are literally no good sleeved options out there – all they have are these silly little lace jacket-things which are just not the same.

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      Maracuya April 29, 2011, 4:14 pm

      I’m thinking… maybe she wanted a strapless dress but the palace said no? So the see-through sleeves were the compromise? I liked the dress, actually. Although I’ll be honest I haven’t seen any sleeved options lately that I couldn’t see through.

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    LTC039 April 28, 2011, 4:05 pm

    I’m DVRing it. It’s history…But if I didn’t have a DVR, I sure as hell would NOT wake up at 4am for that…

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    lindsayrae April 28, 2011, 5:21 pm

    I abhor people who are cynical about this. William and Kate are in love, she’ll wear a pretty dress, and everyone in England will get pissed and have a good time. Watch the news (non-wedding coverage) lately? If I can take an hour to not be depressed about all the bad stuff that’s going on in the world, I’ll take it. The wedding is escapism like anything else is, and I’ll enjoy it before tuning into my regularly scheduled programming of war, governmental infighting, and rising gas prices.

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    Emsz April 28, 2011, 5:42 pm

    No. I have a meeting with my supervisor about my bachelor thesis, and I consider this much more important.

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    SpyGlassez April 28, 2011, 7:53 pm

    In college I would have stayed up for it – but I didn’t go to bed till five am in college anyway. I will probably see pictures, because I don’t know how I could avoid it (short of crying off the internet for the next month, and that would mean no Dear Wendy). Overall? Meh. I love England, and I wish any couple in love the best of blessings for a happy life together. But I won’t watch. It isn’t worth it to me.

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    Red_Lady April 28, 2011, 9:31 pm

    None of the above – I’m recording it so I can watch it during normal hours. I’m excited to watch it, but not enough to stay up that late.

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    fallonthecity April 28, 2011, 9:58 pm

    Probably not. I kind of need my sleep since I’ll probably be cutting up trees all day tomorrow… tornadoes, you know.

    Besides, you know what else is happening tomorrow? Shuttle launch. Which is, I don’t know, about four hundred thousand times more awesome than a wedding — even a royal one. šŸ˜‰

    Edited: But! Here’s a video message from ISS flight engineers to the royal couple, congratulating them and wishing them well: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?media_id=84534921

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    Leyahn April 29, 2011, 8:19 am

    Did not set my alarm early – but getting up at my regular time allowed me to catch William and Kate leaving the church after their vows and the carriage processional.

    First sight was an overhead view of the couple – and for a moment I thought it was Charles escorting Kate down the aisle! Damn shame that William inherited his Daddy’s male pattern baldness.

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