Ted: Wedding invitations are really asking: Where do you think you'll be in three months? Sitting next to your girlfriend or hitting on bridesmaids?
Barney: You don't bring a date to a wedding! It's like bringing a deer carcass on a hunting trip.
Ted: Deer carcass, really, that's the metaphor you're going with here?
Barney: It's a simile.
Ted: That $200 piece of chicken/salmon will go uneaten.
Robin: How fancy are we talking about here?
Ted: Oh, you gonna wanna bring your A-game.
Robin: Oh, I'll bring it. I'll bring it so hard, the bride's gonna look like a big white bag of crap.
Claudia: No, no, no.... Listen to me, if I go to my wedding and the cake is not Tahitian vanilla, I will come down there and burn your little shop to the ground. Haha, do you wanna find out if I'm kidding?
Marshall: Being in a couple is hard. And committing, making sacrifices, its hard. But if it's the right person, then it's easy. Looking at that girl and knowing she's all you really want out of life, that should be the easiest thing in the world. And if it's not like that, then she's not the one. I'm sorry.
Ted: (seeing Robin in her dress) Still wow.
Robin: Wow yourself. Look who else brought it.
Ted: Oh, yeah. I thought about leaving it at home, but I figured, I don't want to get there and realize I need it and have to go all the way back to get it, so yeah, I brought it.
I have mixed feelings about the whole issue of whether relationships should be easy. I once heard monogamy/commitment articulated as consciously choosing the same person time after time. It's one thing to say, "Looking at that girl and knowing she's all you really want out of life, that should be the easiest thing in the world," but just because you know you wanna make it work with this person doesn't mean that figuring out how to make it work isn't gonna still be really challenging. And there's that issue of whether love is really enough -- how you can love someone so much but still not be able to make it work.
I also continue to have issues with whole joking around gender roles.
Marshall (on the wedding): "I've been dreaming about this day since I was like--"
Lily: "A little girl?"
I get that it's unusual for a man to be invested in wedding planning, but it bothers me that it's presented as a bad thing (since she is making fun of him).
Barney: You're gonna have to find a new gender, 'cause I'm revoking your dude membership.
Ted: How was that manicure?
Barney: (unaffected) Invigorating, thanks.