The only reason I bring this up is because as wedding season approaches, I think about what if the character in my book Nana’s Getting Married were actually getting married? What on earth would she wear?
In the book, Nana decides to hang up her knitting needles and her oven mitts, if only for a while, as she gets to know the new love of her life, Bob, a little better. She’s so smitten, in fact, that not only does her attention-seeking grandson go on a strike of sorts, but she decides to marry him, much to the consternation of the boy.
The events were taken from a situation in my own life when my mother decided to get re-married. At the wedding my then-5-year-old son said: “But grandmas aren’t supposed to get married!” to which I replied; “Who says?”
But it appears that my son isn’t the only one who feels that grandmas aren’t supposed to get married. As my mother shopped for a frock, it was clear she was either going to look like the mother of the bride, or a woman who was trying to look half her age by squeezing into a tulle and organza strapless outfit that looked more like a straight jacket than anything remotely romantic.
She chose the former.
As baby boomers age and people live longer due to great advances in medicine, more and more people with non-traditional senses of style, are going to be tying the knot for the second, perhaps third, and, dare I say even fourth, times. I say it is time the wedding industry thought about this fact and began planning for a blooming new demographic of Nanas who don’t want to look matronly on one of the happiest days of their mature lives!
- Heather Hartt-Sussman