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WEDDINGS: Chapel makes a mockery of marriage

Letter by Janice D. Smillie, Puyallup on Aug. 8, 2012 at 11:18 am with 16 Comments »
August 8, 2012 11:41 am

Re: “Tillicum Shotgun Chapel hopes discount draws in JBLM service members” (TNT, 8-7).

While I agree with the idea of a low-cost wedding being made available to our service men and women, making a mockery of marriage should not be part of the package. Pink with zebra stripe decor may be fitting for the honeymoon, but for the wedding? Guns, hand grenades and knives spelling the word “love” seems the perfect definition of “oxymoron.”

Co-owner Bronwen Stevenson stated, “There’s a lot of people in the military looking for something different than the courthouse.” I agree 100 percent. As a wedding officiant, I know for a fact there are are a number of alternatives to going to the courthouse. Guns and grenades do not need to part of the option.

As for the cost of $250, this is high for our military folks. Many wedding officiants, myself included, offer a military discount, some as low as $150. There are beautiful locations in our area to get married at no cost.

I wish the couple profiled in the article well. I just want our much-deserving military personnel to be aware that there are other, cheaper options available.


Leave a comment Comments → 16
  1. Ortingmom says:

    Just because you don’t agree does not make it a mockery of marriage. To each their own.

  2. Perhaps couples should submit their wedding plans to Ms. Smillie, in Puyallup, Washington, for her official approval prior to finalizing any wedding event contracts.

    Just to be clear, violations of Ms. Smillie’s personal tastes and ideas of proper decorum will not be tolerated, nor approved. Consider yourselves forewarned.

  3. surething says:

    Hey Janice, was this an intentional plug for yourself?

    Who gives a damn if people want to get married there? It is really none of your concern. Get a hobby.

  4. Theefrinker says:

    Yeah, this letter was ended far differently than it started and carried about. We started with it being a “mockery” and not acceptable, to free will and “come to my services instead”. School was not successful in its teachings of writing structure, I think.

  5. Frankenchrist says:

    Janice, just shut-up already.

  6. Just because you don’t agree does not make it a mockery of marriage. To each their own.

    Too bad you don’t feel the same about same-sex marriage….

  7. Free expression, or free advertising?

    I think every small business owner should write a letter to the editor to tout their services and say what a mockery other business make of whatever they are peddling.

    I’ll say it. I think everyone else who does what my businesses do stinks and they charge too much. Plus, the restrooms for my customers are the most tastefully decorated and cleanest in Pierce County.

    Come on by! (unpaid adv)

  8. LeePHill says:

    “Ortingmom says:
    Aug. 8, 2012 at 11:57 am Just because you don’t agree does not make it a mockery of marriage. To each their own.”

    Why doesn’t “Ortingmom” stipulate this on a letter about gay marriage?

  9. itwasntmethistime says:

    She’s picking on the decor? Has anybody been to her place? I have yet to discover any one piece of decor that everybody on the planet likes.

  10. As I scrolled down, I have the SAME question for ortingmom as Lephill and beerboy.

  11. As a firm believer in Capitalism, I believe the consumers will decide if this chapel is not appropriate.

  12. took14theteam says:

    And, I am sure you did Frida….

  13. I can tell you that no gay male couple is going to get married in this tacky place. Lesbians, well, maybe.

    OK, OK, just a joke, but it does mean that I believe gay marriage will withstand the challenge.

  14. A321196 says:

    There is a low cost alternative for the military! Use the main chapel at Fort Lewis. Some of my military family members have been married there. My wife and I were married in a military chapel by a military chaplain over forty years ago. After all, that is a benefit earned by the military.

  15. That chapel must be taking away from her business. She had to resort to trashing it and plugging her own in a TNT comments section. LMAO!

  16. A tacky place for 18 year old GI Ho’s to hitch to similarly naive men. Why is marriage in the military frequently done so young, after two weeks of dating?

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