Because nothing says "decadent Western wedding!" like a ceremony held under the Golden Arches.
Of course, talented writer writer Matthew Archbold is a guy, which is probably why he missed this potential tie-in from two weeks ago--brides can now choose their very own Disney Princess wedding gown:
If you're looking for a fairy tale ending, you'll need a proposal from your very own Prince Charming and a dress fit for a princess. But how would you feel dressing like a Disney princess? Wedding outfitter Alfred Angelo has teamed up Disney on a collection of gowns inspired by those worn by princesses Ariel, Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Snow White and Tiana.Well, thank goodness for that! Of course, if the bride really wants to dress like a Disney princess on her wedding day, I have a feeling she'll find a way to make sure that everybody who's invited to the wedding will know all about it--probably when they receive the Disney Princess Wedding Invitations (TM) in the mail.
No, we're not joking. You can actually dress like the Little Mermaid on your wedding day. Granted there is no aqua mermaid tail, but sea-inspired dress does have a mermaid-style cut, pearl beading, and sequin sparkles. Each of the other gowns takes on a similar liberal interpretation on the style of the princesses. The Sleeping Beauty gown is romantic with a willowy skirt. Belle's dress has a draped waistline and is inspired by the ballroom dance scene from the movie. The Cinderella-inspired dress is heavy on sparkle as a reference to her glass slipper. Snow White's dress is traditional and inspired by nature with a floral bodice. For those looking for a more modern approach, Jasmine's dress is draped satin with a bejeweled neckline, and the Tiana gown features an asymmetrical top and ruched skirt. Thankfully none of these interpretations were so literally that wedding guests would immediately identify the designs as inspired by a Disney character.
The sad thing is that as more and more women plan on having dream, theme, supreme weddings, fewer and fewer people actually get married at all. For Catholics in America, this is becoming a serious problem. There are probably more nominally Catholic young women (by which I mean those taken to Mass at Christmas, Easter, and for their First Communions and Confirmations by their parents, and then not at all anymore) who spend hours planning their Big Special Wedding Day without ever considering getting married in the Church--and there are others who might go as far as to call a Catholic church nearby, but then slam down the phone in disgust when they find out they have to register at the parish, take classes with their fiances, and agree to certain things (like being open to children and raising them Catholic) that they just don't want to promise.
If we don't want young Catholic men and women to grow up and get married in a McDonald's/Disney wedding, but a Catholic one, we'd better start educating young Catholics now on the importance of the marriage, and the relative unimportance of the material trappings of the party on the wedding day.