Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Honeymoon('s Over) in Vegas

My wife was out in Las Vegas this weekend. She saw a lot of newly married couples, as one would expect. One of couples that she saw was actually two couples, twin sisters who got married at the same time. She didn't find this incredibly shocking, but I can't stop thinking about it. How do you think that they managed to pull it off? I guess it's possible that it was a big coincidence; twin sisters happened to get engaged at about the same time and decided to get married together. I guess that is possible, but it doesn't seem too likely. I wonder how their husbands (who did not appear to be twins) felt about the whole thing. When the first guy proposed, did his girlfriend accept his proposal but tell him that they were going to have to wait for her sister to fall in love and get engaged before they could start planning their wedding? I guess I will never know, but I wish all four of them the best.

The other newlywed story that she told me involved a couple who, while still in their wedding attire, got into a profanity-laced argument in front of a hotel/casino on the strip. Arguments are part of any healthy relationship, of course, but you would hope that a newly married couple could manage to make it at least a couple of days before dropping f-bombs on each other in public.

I would love to see a study of couples who tie the knot in Vegas and see how their divorce rates compare to couples who get married in more traditional venues. My guess is that it would probably be about the same, but who knows.


MDS said...

Dear Abby and Ann Landers had a double wedding, so it's certainly not unprecedented for identical twin sisters to get married together. I agree with you, though, that it's a bit weird. My guess is these sisters are the type of people who want to get married more than they want to be married.

I would tend to concur that the divorce rate of weddings in Vegas is similar to that of the country as a whole. Although Vegas has more than its share of people who get married on a whim when they're clearly not married, the rest of the country has more than its share of people who just want a lavish wedding and have given no thought to what a marriage is about. Overall it's probably a wash.

dhodge said...

I had no idea that Abagail Van Buren and Ann Landers got married together. Until you reminded me, I had forgotten that they were twins. I've always been more of an Ann Landers man myself.

I have yet to come across a study that has found a marriage demographic that experiences lower or higher than average divorce rates. I don't seek out these studies, but the few times I've heard about studies that looked into the divorce rates for a certain demographic, they have resulted in the usual 50% figure.

dusty said...

Wow, two Detroit sports fans posting and no mention of this:

"[Kirk Gibson] married JoAnn Sklarski on December 22, 1985 in a double ceremony where Tiger pitcher Dave Rozema married JoAnn's sister Sandy. They were married at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan." -- Wikipedia, Kirk Gibson

"Dave Rozema, pitcher: My favorite player of all time, he has it all -- a funny name, interesting career notes (he and Kirk Gibson married twin sisters) and a totally forgettable 10-year run in the majors." -- (Mass.) Standard-Times, 1999

dhodge said...

Perhaps women getting married alongside their twin sister is not as uncommon as first thought. Rozema is a great name, but the '84 Tigers real contender for the all-name team has to be Rusty Kuntz (or possibly Sid Monge). Rozema was never the same after injuring his knee attempting a karate kick during a bench-clearing brawl.

dusty said...

I hear he pronounced it "Roo-sty".

MDS said...

I heard that Kirk Gibson and Dave Rozema did a wife swap, but it failed to garner the media attention of the other famous baseball wife swap because no one could tell.

MDS said...

Is it too late to add a comment to this thread? I was at a wedding reception on Saturday and I overheard some people (maybe 60 years old) engaged in a discussion of all the marriages among young people these days that go horribly wrong. Typical comment:

"I have a friend who paid $20,000 for his daughter's wedding, and a month later the groom told my friend's daughter he was in love with someone else."

I thought about asking these people if they thought maybe they shouldn't be engaged in such a conversation at a wedding. (Maybe I should have said, "Do you know how loud your voice is? Half the wedding can hear you.") I also thought about asking them if it occurs to them that the $20,000 is irrelevant. Would it have been OK with the father of the bride to have his daughter's heart broken if the wedding hadn't cost so much?

dhodge said...

Come to think of it, I overheard almost the exact same comment at a wedding I attended earlier this year. At the time, I didn't think much of it, but it's really not something that you should really go around saying during someone's wedding reception. In defense of the guy who made this comment, his point was more along the lines that people spend too much money on weddings, even if their marriage lasts longer than a month.

dgrizz666 said...

JoAnn and Sandy Sklarski were sisters from the area of Fraser, Michigan. They were not twins. JoAnn was the oldest of the two and already had a child from someone other man when she married Kirk Gibson.