I just read this story in the Irish Times about a couple who thought they were renewing their marriage vows on holiday in the Maldives, except the marriage celebrant conducted the ceremony in the native language and instead of a proper ceremony used the occasion to abuse the couple unbeknownst to them.
It was a pretty nasty thing to do. The celebrant privately made the couple out to be fools and belittled their special occasion. Why would they do that?
On the other hand, maybe people should think twice before expecting to get re-married in such a gimmicky way. Perhaps the victims are themselves guilty of bad taste for trying to turn such a solemn occasion as marriage into a tourist experience, like just another service you can buy on holiday. It couldn’t have been an authentic Maldive wedding because the bride and groom were Westerners, and it wasn’t an authentic European wedding either. Well, perhaps there are no rules for renewing marriage vows in the West, even so. Weren’t they taking a liberty to think they could buy their way in to a traditional ceremony? It would have been a different matter if one or other of the couple was actually from the Maldives. As it was, it seems likely to me that the couple simply got caught up in the romance and beauty of their surroundings and lost the run of themselves.