Undead Trend: Zombifying Your Wedding
Been to so many weddings that you would rather die than attend one more? A recent trend might have you doing just that, in order to take part in the ceremony.
Shows like AMC's runaway hit television series The Walking Dead and long-standing popular games like Plants Versus Zombies have done their ghastly magic in bringing the slow-moving flesh eating hordes into the mainstream. Your doorbell this Halloween will likely be pressed an inordinate number of times by shuffling children (and adults) covered in bloody latex. Even the Federal Emergency Management Agency has gotten into the act, using a hypothetical undead menace to ensure U.S. citizens know how to prepare for disaster.
So why wouldn't the biggest, most carefully orchestrated day of our lives get with the zombie program? We've seen big dancing productions and a variety of theme weddings. For an increasing number of couples, the chance to zombify their nuptials with bloody axes, half-eaten rubber arms and rusty shotguns is a no-brainer.
Monmouth, New Jersey couple Matthew Leach and Kendra Lacey tied the knot this month while wearing a shiny tux and white wedding dress accessorized with blood spots and clipped-on gut parts.
"Down the road, when my grandbabies are sitting on my lap one day, I can tell them all sorts of crazy memories and stories. I want them to be like, 'Grandma, you're crazy!" said Lacey, when asked why she took the zombie route. After sharing vows (and likely performing renditions of Thriller during the reception), the couple then joined a much larger horde of flesh-eaters for the annual Asbury Zombie Walk, held the same day.
Ronnie and Danielle Deribas got hitched just last week in Reno, Nevada, on the street outside the Junkee Clothing Exchange store. As you can see from their photos, they really got into the wedding, provided to them as part of a contest for the Reno Zombie Crawl.
The Zombie Crawl officially starts next week, in case you are in the area and want to meet the couple.
Think dancing down the aisles to a catchy tune warms the heart of every potential bride? Think again. Sarah Sleiker of Philadelphia walked down the aisle earlier this Spring to the almost melodic groans of hungry zombie party members, bedecked in a blood-stained dress and wearing a very serious brain-eating expression on her face.Continued on the next page