This Bride Is All Smiles, Because That’s Really the Only Appropriate Reaction to Discovering Your Wedding is Sharing Space with a Fetish Ball

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The wedding-industrial complex is devoted to spinning the idea of a wedding as being the bride’s “big day.” If you’re in that fluffy dress and tiara, it is your day. It is all about you. The whole world is just about you. The only problem is that it is not really a whole day about you, it’s just an event that’s mostly about you, and if you leave the bubble of your wedding for even a moment, you will discover that there are a whole lot of other people in the world blissfully going about their business without knowing you’re there. If your wedding is in a hotel, for example, you might leave your ballroom to face the cold reality that your wedding is just one more event for a hotel that hosts several just like it every day. You might not even be the only bride having “her day” at the venue. You could step outside and find another wedding with another bride going on right across the hall. Or maybe there’s a high school prom. Or maybe there’s a travel agent convention, or a fetish ball.

That happened recently to one Washington bride, whose grinning face was posted to Reddit this week after she discovered that her wedding reception was at the same hotel as a fetish ball.

OK, she doesn’t exactly look thrilled about this discovery. Her grin appears to be more “shocked/stunned” than “blissfully happy,” but this is basically how you have to roll with life’s little moments. Some brides might throw a fit, or scream to the hotel management. But a single bride does not own her entire event venue, and there’s not much one can do about this situation but smile, take a picture, and hold on to the story to share with your grandkids.

This sort of thing happens more than one might expect, so if this sort of thing would bother a bridal couple, it would be a good idea to ask the hotel about other events booked for one’s wedding day.

Several years ago I witnessed a bride throwing an absolute tantrum in a hotel lobby because she was sharing her wedding venue with one of the biggest anime conventions in the country. Technically the convention was being held at the adjacent convention center, but that didn’t do anything to mollify the bride who found herself surrounded by 10,000 teenagers dressed as Bikini Pokemon.

The wedding guests at that party looked a bit embarrassed, but more by the bride’s anger than by anything the anime fans were doing. Life is going to throw some weirdness your way, and the best thing you can do is roll with it. If you’re sharing your wedding venue with a fetish ball, just smile, enjoy your day, and take some pictures you can share with the grandkids, when they’re old enough to understand the phrase “fetish ball,’ that is.