The Birdcage

September 1st, 2009

The Birdcage - Wedding

A curious metaphor for marriage.

(submitted by Keyaanta)

150 Responses to “The Birdcage”

  1. mjdg says:

    seems to me that the bride was crafty. the hats & birdcages seem like craft store wedding ideas.

  2. Debra says:

    His snarky grin says it all.

  3. Braden says:

    You should have seen the damage after they threw the bouquet…

  4. Leslie says:

    Loving everyone’s comments here! And yeah all the bridemaids look annoyed and uncomfy, but it’s probably like the 50th picture they had to stand for! Looks like it was truly a lovely wedding :)

  5. Sue says:

    Ok, that is the best photograph in recent history. What the HELL are those things on their heads?

    These people need to be congratulated.

  6. kim says:

    The one with the tiny veil and necklace is the maid/matron of honor. Usually there is something distinct to make her stand out from the other bridesmaids.

  7. kelcut says:

    Maybe somewhere there’s a picture of the bride, surrounded by groomsmen carrying doves?

  8. glamtam says:

    I’m not sure they have enough baby’s breath in the little girls’ hair…..

  9. Karen says:

    I sort of remember this trend…bridesmaids carried something other than bouquets…parasols, fans…but I don’t remember ever seeing birdcages! They are rather…..large.

  10. sus says:

    I’m dying to know what was served at the reception.

  11. beth says:

    Is there a bride anywhere? They all look like bridesmaid’s, which makes me wonder IF there is a bride?

  12. Laura says:

    DUH to all the people asking about the bride – she obviously is not in this photo! She is in the photo (not shown) with all the groomsmen! But I don’t think the men were holding birdcages…. :o)

  13. Ken says:

    Said the wedding planner “I know, let’s do something really crazy… let’s have the bridesmaids carry birdcages full of fake flowers.”

    Said the bride “Yeah, and how about wearing hats that look clam shells.”

    Said the bridesmaids collectively “All…. Righty… Then…!!???”

  14. Meh Mehndelsohn says:

    I’m thinking the girl with the pearl necklace to our left of the groom is the bride. She’s the only one with a necklace and a veil on that precious little hat. I feel their pain. I was forced to wear a pale pink cowboy hat with a veil, and carry a lighted candle inside a glass hurricane globe that was the size of a centerpiece. Those birdcages are just all about ugly. Girls in the back are smug because we can’t see their cages. :)

    • Yummy says:

      Oy vey! That’s worse than the stupid parasol wedding I was in! (see above)

      Didn’t the hurricane glass get hot w/the lit candles???? That’s just messed up……..my deepest condolences to you. :)

  15. Julia says:

    Funny picture made even funnier by the caption!!

    As for the questions of “Where is the bride,” it is not unusual to have the groom take a picture with just bridesmaids and the bride with just groomsmen. Most weddings do that, actually. We did it at my wedding a month ago.

    Definitely toooo many ‘maids and too many cages!

  16. Curious says:

    Behind all this, there’s one heck of a Bridezilla!

  17. Lori says:

    i wonder if the cages are a metaphor stating that the groom is soon to be ‘trapped’ with no hope of escape, from any of his numerous wives hahahha

  18. Ann says:

    Are the girls’ hands on the groom’s shoulder there to hold him from running away?

  19. caskey says:

    well now the bride gave her girls a lovely parting gift…a cage with fake flowers and a huge bow on it to sit on the kitchen table!!

  20. Cara says:

    I swear I went to high school with the bridesmaid in the back row on the left.

  21. Kaegwyn says:

    Which one is the bride? Is the bride even in this photo. Everyone is wearing white…except the flower girls.

  22. Jen says:

    I don’t understand why they’re all wearing white…which one’s the bride?

  23. Griff says:

    What on earth could the bride have possibly worn to stand out in that crowd? Perhaps she was dressed as a giant cat. Or the little old lady from Looney Tunes.

  24. teresa says:

    the bridesmaid in the front left is saying it all!!

  25. Yummy says:

    I was in a wedding once were we had to carry stupid crap like this, too (parasols)……..and I had the exact same look on my face as that lady on the far left…..the look that says, “I can’t believe I have to carry this stupid crap.”

  26. Applecore says:

    …is that Denzel Washington??

  27. LT says:

    Did he marry all of them? Which one is the bride? Also, the bird cages are no dumber than the hats!

  28. Jessica says:

    The birdcages are just the begining of the awkwardness of this photo….

  29. tee says:

    which one is the bride? the one w/ the teeny tiny veil?

  30. Mez says:

    Which one is the bride?

  31. Rebelle says:

    First he looks like a mere baby, since he’s in dress blues I’ll assume he’s at least 17. Bouquets of bird cages aside I don’t think I’ve ever seen a groom’s picture alone with all the brides maids. Well they are a handsome lot!

    • Laura says:

      I have seen several photos of the groom with the bridesmaids; also the bride with the groomsmen. It is not uncommon!

    • sus says:

      I’ve been going through all the old family photos, and most of the older wedding photos (pre-1980) have a shot of the groom with all the brides maids. I agree that it’s not a really popular pose these days, but at least in my family in the past it was. Of course, my family is all insane.

    • Jennifer says:

      We did it for our wedding

    • Elle says:

      I used to work as a photographer’s assistant and every wedding we did would have a photo of all the female attendants with the groom and all of the male attendants with a bride. They are generally pretty awkward.

  32. just me says:

    Which one is the bride??? Or does he get to pick?

  33. Jenany says:

    Don’t tell me … they stuff the birds INTO the cages for the ceremony, symbolizing the true nature of marriage. ;-)

  34. arobertson says:

    which one is the bride

  35. mel says:

    I love the look on the girl at the end on the right. It’s like she’s telling us “Yes, you’re seeing it correctly. She made us carry birdcages.”

  36. Chrissi says:

    All I have to say is WOW and if I were a bridesmaid I would totally put my foot down. Seriously, did you notice that they ALL (including) the groom look really uncomfortable!?

  37. jnmcnally says:

    Yes, the birdcage is a curious metaphor, but I have nothing critical to say about this blessed event and hope this young Marine and his new wives enjoy every moment of their new life together.

  38. wowjustwow says:

    i think i just laughed myself clean off the chair…

  39. jean says:

    8 bridesmaids and 2 flowergirls? OMG. That is a huge wedding.

  40. Chazlette says:

    Here comes the bride, the bride, the bride, err…the bride; which one IS the bride?

  41. maskedavenger says:

    Bridesmaids but no bride…

  42. Brian says:

    I’m trying to figure out which one is the bride.

  43. calicious says:

    what was the bride thinking when she picked out those arrangements? I wonder….

  44. project mayhem says:

    Dude has 8 wives!

  45. Cindy says:

    Not awkward. Dated perhaps, but not awkward.

  46. Malibu Niki says:

    I’m confused – which one is the bride?

  47. shrocket says:

    Wait–which one is the bride?

  48. Hexipooh says:

    With all those lovely ladies, I am sure he has a reason to sing. But where is the Bride and can she keep his attention???

  49. Jen says:

    I don’t know what’s more ridiculous- the bird cages or those silly hats. The hats look like bra cups!

    Maybe the bird cages were going to do double duty and become the table centerpieces?

    • hcw80 says:

      Actually I kind of like the hats. I also like the little girls look like little girls, not mini-me’s of the bride.

      Having been in several Southern weddings in the 70′s, big hair, big ruffle dresses, big hats, big bows, and dry receptions. Give me a bird cage over a parasol with streamers any day. Don’t forget the groomsmen were in pastel tuxes with ruffled shirts. Ah, good times.

    • Doc says:

      Great call!

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