It’s no secret that weddings today are really expensive. I hear about what my friends have spent on their weddings, and I have a hard time containing my shock. I know a shocking number of people who have actually spent fifty thousand dollars or more on their weddings. Parents will talk about saving up for their kids’ college funds, and they’ll also talk about the importance of saving up for their kids’ eventual weddings. I’m of the school of thought that weddings shouldn’t have to cost as much as a year of college, or even more than that, but it seems to me that a lot of people have outvoted me on that one.
Obviously, couples should be able to spend whatever they want on their weddings, but I do wonder if some of this is couples simply feeling compelled to spend a lot of money on their weddings in order to keep up with their friends or family members. The wedding industry is a very wealthy industry that makes a huge amount of money every year trying to convince people that their weddings aren’t good enough unless they spend a huge amount of money on each and every detail, regardless of whether they really needed to under the circumstances.
I think some parts of the modern wedding industry are a good idea, like wedding gift registries. I used to never know what to buy people at their weddings, and I used to always be confused about what the occasion called for, but that’s a thing of the past today. I can just purchase the items that the couple wanted anyway, which is going to make things so much easier for everyone involved. However, I can’t say I’m a big fan of the idea that wedding invitations should have to cost almost as much as the catered food. I’m a big fan of encouraging people to switch to homemade wedding invitations. At the very least, I think more people should manage to consider the option, which isn’t even usually on the table for most wedding celebrations.