Engagement Side Effect: TV Wedding Phobia

One of the weird side effects of being engaged, I’m discovering, is that I cannot watch weddings on TV anymore. In movies it’s okay, because they are fictional (hence, I loved 21 Dresses), but last night, as I was thumbing through the channels, I stopped on some “Celebrity-Inspired Real Wedding Extravaganza”-type show on the Style Network and attempted to tune in. I was doing okay for awhile, but when the scene cut to the actual wedding day, I had an uncontrollable urge to change the channel. FAST. I seriously could not let myself watch the actual ceremony. It felt like skipping to the end of a book or something and reading the ending. I watched A Shot At Love II instead.

Then this morning, I was doing my usual, eat-a-yogurt-and-watch-The-Today-Show routine, when Matt, Meredith, Al, and Ann cut to the plaza where The Today Show wedding was about to be performed. And I had to turn it off AGAIN, even though I kind of wanted to see what the bride’s dress looked like. It’s hard to explain, but the idea of watching the actual ceremony in one of these reality weddings feels, like, not allowed. What’s the deal with that?