LONDON (Reuters) - Teacher Dave Barclay flew thousands of miles across the Atlantic to Wales to attend his friend's wedding, only to discover he was a year early.
Barclay, 34, was told about the wedding earlier in the year and assumed it was to take place in 2007.
It was only when he had flown into Cardiff from Toronto, Canada, and rang the bridegroom seeking details of the venue that he discovered the wedding was in 2008.
"I am a year early -- yeah, my mates are loving it, aren't they," he told BBC Radio Wales.
The groom, Dave Best, had emailed his friend at the start of the year.
Tango’s Take This is a bit fishy. Barclay claims that the groom sent out an email saying that he’s getting married in July without putting a year to it. So Barclay assumes it’s July of this year. And without receiving an invitation in the mail or discussing the whole scenario with the groom or other guys on the email, he purchases a ticket to fly to another country. He then sits on that ticket for an indeterminate period of time and then executes Operation Get To The Wedding With Minimal Fuss. When you arrive at a wedding early (by, say, a year), what’s your next step? When you realize that the wedding is not technically for another year, do you play it off? Is it a little like when someone leaves you hanging on a high five and you turn it into The Robot? ‘I was just kidding when I said that I was here for the wedding. I thought I’d just surprise you, dude. Yeah! The tuxedo? In case we want to tear up the clubs James Bond-style. Wooo. Let’s get a drink!‘ This is a mistake that a woman probably would not have made. With the coordination and the save-the-dates and the etiquette and the wedding showers and the what-have-yous, a woman, unless drug-addled, probably would not have made this mistake.