Patricia Gannon: Weaseling out of traditional weddings

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, and the wedding industry’s finally getting what it deserves. After decades of soaking engaged couples everywhere — the average cost of the American wedding in 2013 was $30,000 — they’re taking the hosing for a change.

Pop-up weddings are the latest romantic rage and are just what they seem. With very little arranging, a couple ambushes their family and acquaintances by getting married. The bare minimum is allowed: an officiant, a couple of witnesses, a bouquet for the bride, but no venue. That last one’s important, because true ambush weddings are impromptu in the location sense, also, so you want to try to choose one with minimal security guards. Banks are a bad choice. Airports would also like you to refrain from holding such events there.

Such weddings fall definitely in the do-it-yourself realm and can have very similar results. They are not true elopements since you have to give some notice (couples do have to observe the lawful waiting period plus try to get friends to meet), and there’s no climbing down a ladder out the bedroom window. Of course, your mother will be mad just the same. This is the main attraction other than flouting society’s rules.

Think of it as flash mob for the affianced. One minute your friends think they’re meeting for pizza and the next minute, they now pronounce you man and wife, but with complimentary dessert (only your parents do not have to pick up the tab.)

There’s also the risk of others wearing white not realizing it was your wedding and no gift registry.

That is unless you get married in a department store.

Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at pgannon@cmaildrop.com or at pgannon@theadvocate.com.

Andrus-Garland nuptial party

’Twas the night before marriage, and all through the house — guests celebrated the soon-to-be wedding of Ben Andrus and Whitney Garland. Cars lined up for blocks outside 100 Parkgate Blvd. at the home of proud parents Jimmy and Sherry Andrus for a chance to toast the happy couple, and paying their respects were younger brother Ross Andrus, mother of the bride Terry Barrilleaux, matriarch Lita Andrus, Ray Andrus, Nancy Kinchen, Audrey Huval, and Will and Charleen Salsman. The bride beamed, the groom’s mother was brilliant and we still swear she was wearing a pair of Valentinos. The couple was married the following day.

Pageant winners receive titles

It’s no surprise that Louisiana has beautiful women, and six Miss Louisiana Triple Crown competitors proved just that on a recent Sunday. Sixteen young women walked their walk and a half-dozen left with titles, including Shelby Lynn Perry, Miss Louisiana Teen Southeast USA; Emilie Hebert, Miss Louisiana Teen Sportsman Paradise USA; Alyx Shell, Miss Louisiana Teen Gulf Coast USA; Hilary Tuttle, Miss Louisiana Gulf Coast USA; Lauren Fogle, Miss Louisiana Sportsman Paradise USA, and Anna Kirksey, Miss Louisiana Southeast USA. The Triple Crown pageant is a prelim to Miss USA, and all of the winners will be given the opportunity to compete in Miss Louisiana USA and Miss Louisiana Teen USA.

Xanadu honors Carnival Court

The Krewe of Xanadu gave an “ever-after” royalty tea at the home of Dr. Leslie Jacobs. The occasion? To bestow upon the new court their Greek names. “We’re based on the Muses of Zeus,” explained President Brenda Dudley. “We invite the board, the past queen, the royalty advisors and court.” Enjoying some lemonade laced with champagne were Queen Donna Olivier and husband Neal, hostess and Royalty Chair Phyllis Boudreaux, ball Captain Maxine Hollier, queen passé Lori Landry and cohorts Stephanie Fakier and Barbara Richard, plus court members Tammy Sonnier, Heidi McDonald, Rebecca Donahue, Beth Hebert, Sarah Black and Danielle Keyser. The king will remain a secret until September.