Then the comments following are the entertaining part. Man, they get really going there. Lots of name calling and such. Lots of folks insulting others. Oh, boy. Lots of class war fare.
But from the article, it's mentioned that the average ( median ) cost of a wedding is now $30, 000. Makes me think of my experience in the trade. As a wedding photographer, I've got some money from the events but many times I would think how much is being "wasted" by the extravagance. Even though, the weddings ive shot have not been as costly as might be at other areas .
People can spend as much money as they want on their wedding. If they have the means or even if they don't and have to go into debt, it's purely up to them. But, I think it interesting to see people write about how it's necessary to spend so much. That because they spent a lot means they had a better wedding. But, then, to them, maybe that's what is needed to be happy. Spending more.
But I've been to some wonderful weddings where the couple has spent very little. A few hundred dollars. Not counting my fee. Weddings at small churches, with ceremony in the sanctuary with reception consisting of cake and punch in the basement. With decorations made by hand. With only the bouquet and attendants flowers purchased. The cake made by a relative. Bridesmaids dresses purchased by them. Dresses that can be worn again. Groomsmen wearing rented tuxes or even just nice suits.
Other times there might be a meal catered and prepared by the friends of the couple.
I remember one discussion I had with a bride and her mother where I mentioned the cost of some bridal gowns and they just laughed. They said they had paid $85 off the rack at Penneys. They said it fit her perfectly and she loved it. Indeed she was lovely in it.
When these couples would run the gauntlet of rice to their car, they were as happy as any. And when they would come a few weeks later to get their album of photographs, they would sit in my house giggling and laughing and remarking how much fun they had. No matter how much the spent.
There are 10 kinds of people. Those that understand binary and those that don't.
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