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Diatribe: Why To Include Lizard Chemo In Your Wedding Budget.


Several years ago, I was asked to stand in a dear friend’s weeding as a “bridesman”.  I’d never done anything like it before but she’s somewhat irresistible and doesn’t take “no” for an answer so I agreed.  It was, after all, an honor to be invited to witness her marriage.

At the time, we were not only friends but colleagues as well, and spent entirely too much time on-the-clock researching wedding details.  I was honored to be a part of her big day and flattered that she valued my input regarding so many details.  We took lunch hours to visit potential venues and compared prices from various florists.  Her husband-to-be appeared to appreciate my involvement as it moved him from the center of the spotlight.  His major responsibility became agreeing to her budget.

This week, a London woman had to postpone her wedding because of a budget issue.  She found herself spending more than $4,700 on chemotherapy for her pet lizard.  The twenty-five-year-old Brit adopted a bearded dragon and, with her fiancé’s blessings, made the decision to let her marriage wait so that she could spend the couple’s wedding savings to rescue the beloved pet.  I’m a pet lover, but I can’t imagine postponing a wedding, with all the saving and planning in advance, to save a lizard.  What was she thinking?

Although it’s certainly true that being the only man at a bachelorette party makes for a few awkward moments and explaining to a priest that “No, I’m SUPPOSED to stand on this side” is not a conversation that many men get to have, I have many memories of my friend’s wedding that I will cherish forever.  And when I, someday soon, can have a marriage of my own I’m certain that she will be there to meet me afterward with a cocktail, a hug and the most genuine of smiles.  And we’ll have another adventure.

The lizard, the first bearded dragon to undergo chemotherapy in Great Britain, is now in remission.

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  1. Reblogged this on savannahweddingminister and commented:
    This is a humorous post on weddings, lizards, chemo, making new traditions and memories. Not to spoil the ending, but I’m so glad to hear that the lizard is in remission!


  2. Amazing…..(shaking head)


  3. Ah! What a nice post and such a happy event! 🙂 I’m glad the lizzard is in remission I guess. I think I would have opted to “give him his freedom” as a lovely parting gift.


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