Couple marry in funeral home; guests dress appropriately

Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2001

NANAIMO, British Columbia (AP) -- Bride and groom exchanged vows in the chapel of a funeral home full of pointy-toothed vampires, horned devils, a few angels and an open coffin draped with heavy cobwebs.

Karl Postema and Wanda Peltz, both in their 30s, adopted a ghoulish theme and encouraged guests to dress the part for their nuptials Saturday. ''This was Wanda's idea,'' Postema said. ''We wanted to do the wedding thing anyway and it was close to Halloween (so) we just decided, why not?''

Marie Fitzgerald, mother of the bride, wasn't scared in the slightest.

''I thought it was cool,'' Fitzgerald said. ''I guess something like this really appeals to my warped sense of humor.'' The ceremony at Mount Benson Funeral Home mentioned God and had all the meaning of a traditional service but was still different, she said.

The minister, who asked not to be identified, said the couple's true intent and an opportunity to do God's work convinced him to do the honors despite misgivings.

''I do not take these vows as a joke,'' he said.

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