If you aren't already planning to go see "Bridesmaids" this weekend, you need to make a scheduling adjustment, stat. This film has so many wonderful things going for it: an all-star cast of hilarious comediennes, Jon Hamm having awkward sex, the R-rated funny movie pedigree from producer Judd Apatow. The main draw, however, is the universal and consistently humorous, often laborious experience of being in and attending weddings.
When I caught up with lovely and charming Wendy McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper, I brought up the topic of how labor-intensive the whole wedding industrial complex has gotten, i.e. engagement parties, wedding showers, etc., which started an excellent back-and-forth brainstorm about how to fix things.
"I think it's gotten completely [out of control]," Ellie said of all the events and parties that preempt actual weddings. "When my mom got married I think it was announced on a Thursday and they got married on a Saturday and she found a white dress and wore it, and now it is a year-long process of unending parties."
"How many times can you say congratulations to a person?" Wendy asked. "And showers are insufferable. They're in the middle of the day, when you should be at CostCo or doing laundry."
"Yeah!" Ellie agreed.
"Get out of here," Wendy continued. "Let's have a drop-off, okay? Come and drop off my gift, leave your car running," she proposed. "Give me my box, you can have a mini quiche, get outta here."
"Yeah! A shower drop-off! Don't even come in," Ellie added. "Leave the mini quiches on the stoop."
"I'll see you on the big day," Wendy said. "Or better yet, don't get me anything. Then you're not going to resent me. And when the whole thing goes south in a year and a half, like it does in my neck of the woods, you don't feel like you're gypping anybody," she proclaimed. "I would just like to say I'm happily married and have been for 15 years, but in my neck of the woods, close to Orange County, the average marriage lasts 18 months."
"Are you kidding?" Ellie asked.
"Yeah. 18 months."
We then got into an awesome discussion about the "Real Housewives of Orange County" and whether or not Wendy knows any of those crazies, but alas, we ran out of tape, so I'll have to get her to talk about that the next time I see her...
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