by Michael dEstries
Categories: Film/TV.
Photo: Metro.co.uk

After James Cameron’s “Avatar” exploded worldwide, forestry officials in the southern China region of Wulingyuan saw an opportunity to cash in on the film. Turns out that producers had used the park’s unusual 3,100ft tall quartzite sandstone pillars as inspiration for Pandora’s “floating mountains”. So, in a an effort to drum up tourism, they started offering “Pandora Tours” — and, unfortunately, Pandora themed-weddings.

Really, really bad Pandora themed weddings.

“The Navi were a couple of forestry workers dressed up in long underwear dyed blue wearing some very unconvincing masks,” Bride Xiao Tsao told the site Metro, one of five couples recently married in a joint service. “It was really pathetic.”

Ah — but think of the memories! And ruined wedding day photos!

For their part, the forestry service in charge of organizing the weddings defended their nightmare-inducing costumes with a basic sentiment of “what the hell did you expect?”

“We are not professional special effects experts but we do our best,” they told Metro. “What we are really highlighting is the beauty of our landscape.”

Exactly. So look beyond those creepy blue guys surrounding your gorgeous (and less than thrilled to have paid for this) new bride. Pandora awaits — as well as a possible annulment.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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