as a small child in the sixties, I used to believe that it was the law that women had to have their hair cut and permed when they got married.
I used to believe that everyone involved in a marriage was "the bride", and that as long as you were present, you could be called "the bride". Eventually I understood that men were called something else, and they were called "Brooms". I was dumb.
Sis and I used to dress up and play 'wedding ceremony' when we were little girls. My mother told us that one time, we came down the hall singing 'dun-dun-de-dun' and both (BOTH!) dressed up as the bride and each carrying a baby. When she asked us how in blurry heck we could already be carrying babies (let alone both of us being brides), I spoke up and told her I knew how to get a baby. Horrified, my mother asked, "How?" and I blurted right out that "You go to the hospital and lay down on the table and scream really good. If you scream good enough the doctor will go down the hall and bring you a baby."
When I was four or five my uncle and aunt got divorced. My mom said to court to
get "unmarried." Court to me was church, so I thought that they had a bad wedding
to get "unmarried." They wore ugly clothes and there were no flowers. After the
minister explained the vows instead of saying "I do" they would say "I don't."
when I was five I was the flower girl and my cousin was the ring bearer in my aunt's wedding, because we were dressed up and walked down the isle together we thought we were the ones getting married. It wasn't until we were about 8 years old that we realized we were not actually married
I used to believe that a man actually married beer once. I wasn't sure how it could happen but I imagined a church ceremony and a bottle of beer with a little veil on it.
I used to believe that when a doctor got married, the woman that he got married to automatically became a nurse.
I used to belive that when you got married the bride and groom told the pastor how many kids they wanted and he would give them a seed (like a plant seed)for each kid.
I once told my mother when I was 4 years old that I was going to marry my 4 year old 'boyfriend', Mikey and that our children would be named Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia. When she told me we were too young, I said "No, we're not! I already know all the cuss words!" We later held a secret ceremony in the woods behind our houses that involved peeing on a turtle and an ant hill. If only more weddings involed peeing on turtles...
As a child, I thought that when people got married after a while they had children.. but that it was pure luck! Some people had one, some had four or five and some none at all, and that they had no say in the matter at all! I remember when my mother and her friends talked of someone having yet another baby, and so soon after the first one, I would ask "but it's not her fault, what can she do about it" and my mother would give me a dirty look meaning "Keep quiet!" I never wondered where the babies actually came from or how they were born. It was just so clear.. you got married and then waited to see what you were given!
I used to think that, in the monarchy, brothers and sisters had to get married to make a King and Queen. I was wonderfully unaware of the word 'incest'.
I used to beleive that when you turned 18, you were sent a letter inviting you to a big hall and were given a number to bring along. When you got there, the boys had to line up on one side and the girls on the other. You then had to find the matching number from the other side and that is who you married. I remember being worried incase i wouldn't like the person i got matched up with when it was my turn.
Going to church as a child and hearing the vicar reading the banns of marriage for the first, second, and third time of asking, I used to believe that the vicar chose a man and a woman completely at random, and asked them three times if they would get married. If they refused, the vicar would give up and ask other people instead.
i used to believe confetti and graffiti were the same thing. I had pictures in my mind of couples leaving the church after getting married only to be sprayed in paint!
I didn't know that when you got married on tv, that you weren't actually married. I always thought that the actors were confusing God terribly because how was he supposed to know that it was all pretend.
When I was young, around 5 yrs or so, I was sure that a woman's name would change to "Mary" because I had heard a woman changes her name when she gets married, and well, getting "MARYed" was what it was all about!!
I remembered loudly arguing this fact with several wedding guests while attending cousin's reception, screaming, "her name is NOT Cindy any more, it's MARY!!"
When I was little I used to think that a golden retriever was a type of person involved in a wedding - like a ringbearer, best man, maid of honor, etc. The reason why I believed this was because I had seen a Charlie Brown TV special in which Snoopy the dog was getting married (to another dog). In the show, Snoopy ends up not getting married because the bride ran off with a golden retriever (a guest at the wedding). I just interpreted it as the bride running off with the best man or something like that. I believed this one until I was about 8.
When we were 4, me and my friend Peter decided, like small children do, that we would have a wedding. Everyone had to wear bright pink if they were a girl or blue if they were a boy, and had to bring us presents. Peter went dressed as a cowboy, complete with toy shotgun (shotgun wedding? :), and I wore my mum's pink nightdress and pushed a pram full of plastic spiders. (our children)
When we got to the bit about actually "getting married", Peter said
"Well, she can marry me if she likes, but I'm not marrying her!" My parents burst out laughing and I smacked him one.
(Since then his opinion has changed..he he)
Once I learned about the traditional wedding(the one with the tuxedos,white gowns and kissing,not to mention the usual wedding music) I decided that divorces were simular. THe couple who didn't like eachother anymore would still wear their wedding outfits and when the music played,that they walked backward until they came to the priest/judge and then he would pronounce them unmarried.
When I was a kid, I don't understand what they mean by saying "marriage between relatives is dangerous" because all of the marriages are between relatives in my family. Mom is married with dad, grandpa is married with grandma...