Over the last 10 years, wedding ceremonies turning into something which is more about show business and bad taste rather than a holy sacrament. For many couples, the wedding ceremony is only one of two times that they will ever see the inside of the church and they feel that a little bit of showbiz will differentiate their wedding from all the others.
Canine ring bearers are so common nowadays that they seem to be the norm. Doves and butterflies are also very popular. Horse-drawn are also carriages are making a comeback.
This particular couple, Janet and John decided to go that extra mile because they were the last couple in their circle of friends to finally tie the knot.
It was a television advert which gave them the inspiration. They wanted a monkey to carry the ring.
They eventually located an agency which specialised in training animals for film work and they happened to have a very intelligent and seasoned but highly-strung performer called Bobo the chimpanzee.
Money changed hands and arrangements were made.
Breaking with tradition, Janet and John decided to travel to the ceremony together. Bobo and his trainer would accompany them and it had been arranged that during the service, when the priest asks ‘Do you have the ring?’, the trainer would give Bobo a command, and Bobo in his specially made white silk suit would move forward with the rings on a white sash around his neck. What could possibly go wrong?
The white stretch limo arrived as arranged, Janet looked stunning and she entered the vehicle, followed by husband-to-be John and both sets of parents plus Bobo and his trainer.
As soon as they set off on their journey, John opened the cocktail cabinet. He’d arranged for champagne-on-ice to be ready so that they could all enjoy a quiet drink on the 10 mile journey to the church.
They all held their champagne flutes ready as John expertly took the foil from the champagne bottle and with minimal fuss popped the cork. It was at this point that Bobo went absolutely berserk.
He knew what a gunshot was and imagined that someone was shooting at him. He proceeded to jump and run around the seats, screaming in terror, scratching at the windows and grabbing at anything he could. His trainer froze. The chauffeur accelerated in order to get to the church as fast as possible.
By the time the wedding party had arrived at the church, Bobo had been restrained but it had been decided that his ring bearing duties would not be required. Janet’s beautiful wedding dress had been shredded in several places and a mysterious yellow stain had appeared down the front. John’s mother had been bitten twice and was immediately taken to a local hospital for tetanus jabs.
Unfortunately, they forgot to take the rings out of Bobo’s pocket.