Watching the movie “Bride Wars” made me think of something that’s always bothered me. Are extravagant weddings really necessary? Is outdoing your friends’ weddings really going to make you happy?
Movies like Bride Wars and shows like Bridezillas makes me think about how insane some women are when it comes to their wedding. I know many women have an idea of their dream wedding, but does having a huge, expensive wedding actually make a difference in her overall happiness?
I’ve never really understood the obsession with huge, expensive weddings. Maybe it’s because I’ve never been extremely wealthy, and I’m happy with simple things. Although I’ve seen women who want to go far above their means to have an over-the-top wedding. Some women act as if a simple wedding would never be good enough, and it has to cost a fortune to mean anything.
I don’t really see the point in all the fuss and expense. They go out and buy save-the-date cards, invitations, place markers, napkins, flatware, stemware, dishes, decorations, cake… the list goes on and on. Is there really any need for all of that? Do they do it because they really need it to be happy, or because they want to impress someone?
The dresses are another thing. Why on Earth would someone spend thousands, even tens of thousands on a dress they’re only going to wear once? I can understand wanting to be beautiful at your wedding, but is that type of cost really worth it? Couldn’t a woman be just as beautiful and happy in a less expensive dress? Is it so bad to buy a used one, or wear something that you might be able to wear again later?
I could go on, but I think you probably get the point. I don’t understand any woman’s need to spend a year’s salary on a single day. If you have real friends that care about you and a good family, no one’s going to care how expensive your wedding was. No one will care if it’s just a simple thing. And you can have a really beautiful event without spending a fortune. Imagine all the things that a newly-married couple could do with all the money they’d save by having a less extravagant wedding. It would probably bring a lot more happiness in the long run.