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Sending my regrets to William and Kate
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First, let me start off by saying that there is no chance that I will ever wake up at the crack of dawn to watch Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding next April.

That’s the first thing that popped into my mind as I watched the YouTube video of their formal engagement announcement/interview on my computer several weeks ago.

As I understand it, that was the case 30 years ago, when some 750 million people worldwide tuned in to watch the wedding between Lady Diana Spencer, her 25-foot-long wedding dress train, and Prince Charles.

But in today’s 24-hour news cycle, I can tell you that I’ve already learned much more than I ever cared to know about Kate, William and their impending wedding of the century.

Theirs is the typical story of young couples nowadays -- they met in college, dated, graduated, started making steps towards their careers (well, at least he did anyway) and then finally made the decision to get married.

Sounds normal enough, right?

Apparently not.

Because in recent years, Kate has earned the catty tabloid name of “Waity Katie,” no doubt in reference to her eight-year courtship with the future king of England.

Seriously?

I’ve always been taught that making the decision to marry your mate is a very serious commitment, one that certainly cannot be determined by the length of time that you have spent dating one another.

I know couples who have gotten married after dating for only two years, and couples who have gotten married after dating off and on for as many as 20 years.

You make the decision to get married when the time is right for both you and your significant other.

Besides, I can’t think of one thing that is more frightening than forcing your mate into marriage simply because you’ve been dating for two or three years.

Granted, I’m sure that some people may feel that I married my husband, just a month shy of my 25th birthday, at a very young age.

And then there were many more people who felt that waiting to get married after four years of dating was simply too long.

Either way, years ago we made the decision to marry when we felt the time was right. And for us, we knew that would be after we both received our college degrees.

Perhaps William and Kate wanted to wait to marry until they reached a particular milestone in their lives. If so, that is completely fine.

Sure, they may not have run to the altar as quickly as the public would have liked, and nowhere nearly as fast as 19-year-old Diana and 31-year-old Prince Charles.

But it’s time we realized that we’ve come a long way from the days when women were considered to be damaged goods if they aren’t married to someone in their early 20’s.

Making the decision to get married is one that should be agreed upon by both significant others.

So congrats, Prince William and Kate. I wish the two of you many years of wedded bliss.

But there’s no chance that I’ll wake up at 4 a.m. to watch your wedding.