One afternoon, three maidens clad in beautiful wedding dresses were speaking in the Halidom.
Wedding Elisanne: Wearing a wedding dress such as this is ever so exciting!
Wedding Xania: I agree. It makes me that much more eager to be a bride one day myself.
Wedding Xania: While I have no immediate wedding plans, I often find myself wondering what kind of ceremony I WOULD hold.
Wedding Aoi: So what kind of weddings are the two of you thinking about?
Wedding Elisanne: I want to get married to my beloved in front of a huge audience in the Church's grandest cathedral.
Wedding Elisanne: We'll gaze lovingly into each other's eyes under a rain of rose petals as the audience shouts huzzah after huzzah... Aaaaah...
Wedding Xania: I'd prefer something more intimate—perhaps just my immediate family in a small village church.
Wedding Xania: And the reception would have the finest pumpkin dishes in the land! ...And you, Aoi?
Wedding Aoi: I want a Hinomoto-style ninja wedding where everyone is waiting around and then...BAM! I appear in a cloud of smoke at the front of the aisle.
Wedding Aoi: Then my honey and I would cut up a giant steamed bun for everybody to share.
Wedding Elisanne: Weddings are sacred occasions, Aoi, not some kind of party trick.
Wedding Aoi: Are you mocking the ways of Hinomoto?
Wedding Elisanne: Of course not. But as the wedding would be in THIS country, perhaps you should accede to the ways of the Ilian Church.
Wedding Aoi: Wrong! Hinomoto's way is better!
Wedding Elisanne: Blasphemy! The way of the Ilian Church is superior to all things!
Wedding Xania: All right, let's all calm down.
Wedding Aoi: You think your Church is so great, missy? Prove it! We'll each hold our dream wedding and see which is the best!
Wedding Elisanne: What?!
Wedding Aoi: You heard me! Food, minstrels—the whole shebang!
Wedding Aoi: Then we'll have the guests vote on which of the three weddings was best!
Wedding Xania: Wait, I'M part of this now?!
Wedding Elisanne: But how can the three of us possibly hold actual ceremonies?
Wedding Aoi: Look, there are a ton of folks in this castle, right? We'll just grab chefs and hubbies and whatnot from amongst the riffraff.
Wedding Aoi: It's gonna be a piece of cake.
Wedding Elisanne: I feel rather uncomfortable asking others to put themselves out in order for us to satisfy an admittedly petty squabble.
Wedding Aoi: In that case, my wedding wins! I'm the best, I'm the best, la la laaaa...
Wedding Elisanne: Grrrr!
Wedding Elisanne: Very well! I accept your challenge!
Wedding Aoi: Yesss! Now just make sure you do this thing whole-hog and not, um, half-hog.
Wedding Aoi: And to that end, we'd better start rounding up some victi—er, I mean, volunteers!
Wedding Aoi: I already know who I'm going to get to do my catering!
Wedding Elisanne: Oh no! She is MY caterer!
Wedding Xania: What have I gotten myself into?
Wedding Xania: Weddings are supposed to be about affirming your love to someone, not some kind of...competition!
Wedding Xania: Still, the chance to create an ideal ceremony DOES sound like fun, so I'll have to give it my best.
Wedding Xania: Hmm... Who I should ask for help?
The battle lines have been drawn, and the competition to see who can arrange the finest wedding is about to begin.
Who will be chosen to aid in this endeavor? Find out in the next chapter!