Tony Peters | August 4, 2008

Scott Hardie | August 4, 2008
Presumably, Kid Rock sent his regrets.

Lori Lancaster | August 5, 2008
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Steve West | September 5, 2008
Second honeymoon site.

Amy Austin | September 5, 2008
Special lay-dah, waitin' for me at the Waffle House...

Scott Hardie | November 18, 2008
Some trailer park weddings are more opulent: (link) That's $150k American.

Samir Mehta | November 18, 2008
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Amy Austin | November 18, 2008

But as his princess, who hasn't been in a classroom since she was nine and wants to be a glamour model, posed for photographs, her father Simon, 35, declared it was worth every penny. 'I'm very proud of her today,' he said.

Well, what's not to be proud of.

Her dress, studded with Swarovski crystals, and with a 10ft wide train, was so heavy that it took ten guests to help her struggle out of the Rolls-Royce Phantom that brought her to the church.

'It was huge. I wanted to outdo everyone else's wedding dress,' she said.

'It was extremely heavy and just standing in the church was really difficult. But despite all that, I felt just like Cinderella.'

I wonder what was heavier... the jewels covering the dress... or the pair that she clearly inherited from mom.

Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below?

Who are you to judge someone for getting married at 16, I got married at 16, I'm 21 now and we're still happy, thank you very much, it's not always disasterous/stupid/immature. Why do people have to be so narrow minded!! There's nothing wrong with living in a caravan either.

(The dress code was slightly vomit inducing though )

- fasta, Liverpool, 29/10/2008 12:34

Glad this commenter has her priorities straight.

Amy Austin | November 18, 2008
Did they all live in the caravan in order to save up for the wedding???

Where did you see Dad's line of work, Samir? (Never mind -- I found it on the third pass-out,I mean,-through...

Amy Austin | November 18, 2008
Priceless commenter #2:

Words cannot describe the horror i'm in...
I feel guilty enough spending $15-$20,000 on my wedding, let alone that amount!
and can that "dress" honestly be called a dress?!

- Lexi, NC, 29/10/2008 2:23

Samir Mehta | November 18, 2008
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Amy Austin | November 18, 2008
Oh, I didn't miss it... still just soaking it all in. Didn't have to read it to know there were bra tops and hot pants, either (although a bit surprised at 9-year-olds in them...) -- the "dress" has obviously set the standard... and did you catch mom's, too? Well, of course, you did... how could you possibly miss it.

Samir Mehta | November 18, 2008
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Amy Austin | November 18, 2008
Well, like many of the commenters pointed out... Dad & groom looked pretty smart themselves (iin appearance), and another handful mentioned how much groom looked like Dad (so true!) -- so what was up with the Mariah Carey look going on???

And, of course, after reading many of the comments in defense of the "travellers culture"... I feel a tiny bit guilty and softer on them... and yes, perhaps even the slightest bit jealous -- not because I would want to have that kind of wedding (*HUGE* waste of money) and/or wear such a hideous "dress" (I believe "fugly" was coined for moments like these)... but because it must be kind of nice to have that sort of "it's only money" attitude that would allow you to save up that kind of dough only to blow it on something so ridiculous. And presumably -- considering the age of the parents and that they were together in it -- much of what the commenters said about travellers is true. At first I was pretty horrified to think that the girl hadn't been "in a classroom since she was nine"... but once I read the following comment and realized that "in a classroom" doesn't necessarily mean "uneducated" (I have a brother and a sister who've never been in a classroom, either!), it basically took the shock out of it all. Except, of course, for the crazy price tag and heinous "dress".

Congratulations Thomas, I knew him when he was younger.

Travellers work hard they work all day till night. There wives are basically house wives. There husbands treat them like diamonds. They love there children! Children attend primary school! Once they attend High school however, travellers are taunted (bullied) because they are different and drop out of school. In Wolverhampton however the authorities send teachers to there Community! This may not happen in every district! They are beautiful people inside and out, kind people.

Shame on those who put this young girl down. 9.5/10 Travellers get married and stay married. Let’s compare that to the rest of the UK statistics or the USA for that matter. Missy will be a house wife and Thomas a grafter for his family. She will still be allowed to go out with friends.

By the way, I am British (Afro Caribbean) I work as an Accountant!!! I grew up next to a Traveller Community and have a few friends that are travellers!

- Alexandria, Wolverhampton, England, 29/10/2008 4:48

And as many others pointed out, Dad earned and saved the money himself -- not a welfare handout -- so where's the shame? Of course, we tend to think it's in wasting those dollars in such a frivolous fashion (might as well go to Vegas!), rather than something "sensible" -- like a home or just plain savings! -- but obviously, they have a different set of values and priorities. Different (and weird), but not illegal or immoral. Except for maybe... nine-year-olds in bra tops and hot pants (shudder) -- but that's a subject with a lot of room for comment in and of itself.

So perhaps we ourselves might do well to take comments such as the following to heart:

I think a lot of these people are extremely ignorant to the tradition of traveller weddings and the lifestyle of travellers in general.

This is nothing out of the ordinary. Tacky yes, but the divorce rates in traveller families are lower than the national average and many remain devout catholics and extremely committed to the family unit.

Money can't buy you class, but education evidently doesn't teach some of these commenters to look upon their fellow human beings with compassion and humanity... instead of scorn and judgment.

- Charlie, Sheffield, 29/10/2008 7:05

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