I was writing about my love of liminality last Thursday, when two worlds meet unexpectedly. This much reported story of Jenny Klochko’s wedding arrangements combines the liminal, and my love of public transport and London buses, together with my campaign against the Wedding-Industrial complex that has put people off getting married because of the massive social pressures and accompanying financial demands being made of them to put on a ‘great day’.
In a nutshell: she got the bus to her wedding!
Mark Watts reports:
Most brides opt for a Rolls Royce or a horse drawn carriage to whisk them to the church on time.
However, one frugal bride decided to stand in line for a bus on her way to get hitched.
Bride Jenny Klochko Mussett, 28, stunned people on the 407 to Sutton when she jumped on in her full bridal gown to go to her ceremony at Sutton Register Office.
With two bridesmaids in tow, she flagged down the single-decker in Carshalton Road just after 1pm on Saturday, March 10, before touching her Oyster and travelling to Sutton town centre.She then hopped off, and after stopping for a cup of tea in Manor Park, surprised shoppers by walking through Sutton High Street to the wedding in Worcester Road.
The freelance journalist, from Ukraine, said: “I wanted to do something different on my wedding day, so many weddings are the same these days and a little soulless.
“In the Ukraine it’s common for a bride to walk through the town on the way to her wedding so those who aren’t invited to the wedding can still see her.
“We thought this was a way I could do that.”
She said she was keen to have a London theme to her big day, and had looked into getting a white London taxi to the register office.But she broke the news to new husband Ian Mussett, a manager for an insolvency firm the day before the wedding she would be taking the bus.
The 44-year-old made sure she left a full two hours before the ceremony, as he could not trust public transport.
Mrs Klochko Mussett, who used to work for the BBC World Service in Kiev, said the driver asked her if she was serious when she got on the bus.
But she said she was surprised by so little reaction from other passengers.
She said: “I think they thought it must be a practical joke. No one even offered me their seat.”
There is a great photo here.