As I’ve said before, I’m not a huge fan of theme-ing your wedding around a book intended for pre-teens. But you know, whatever. To each his own. And the reason I’m saying that is because one couple has taken this concept so much farther, farther than I ever guessed it could go, that it makes the notion of a Harry-Potter themed wedding look downright conservative: the couple in question changed their last names to Cullen upon getting married, in honor of Edward Cullen of “Twilight” fame.
Abigail Kirk and Andy Weeks got married in England in February. It’s the bride who is responsible for the “Twilight” obsession, being apparently the biggest fan in the world, but in a surprising twist, it’s the groom who suggested the name change:
The die-hard fan, who tied the knot in a Twilight-inspired wedding, claimed it was Mr Cullen who first came up with the idea. Although he has seen some of the films, he has never read any of the Twilight saga’s four romance-themed novels.
‘One evening as we were planning the big day, he said, “Let’s change it to Cullen” and it sort of stuck,’ she said.
This reminds me of getting a tattoo with your girlfriend or boyfriend’s name, only somewhat worse. This is the name you’re going to give your kids. This suggests an unhealthy obsession with something that is not real. You’re passing this name on to future generations, and it’s taken from a fad book with utterly fictional characters that will probably be forgotten in five years.
Not to mention the fact that it kind of smacks of both parties taking another person’s name altogether, as if one of them, I don’t know which one, might not prefer to be marrying somebody else. Somebody that doesn’t exist.