This Bridezilla wedding shaming story on Yahoo fascinated me twice over.
First, who even knew Facebook pages dedicated to wedding shaming exist? Highly skeptical, I hopped right over to FB and input wedding shaming. Sure enough, I got hits, like That’s It, I’m Wedding Shaming.
One has to join to see what’s festering on these pages, and I am slightly ashamed to admit I am now awaiting clearance. I figure if nothing else, it’ll provide some great blogging fodder. Will let you know.
Then, there’s this particular Bridezilla story, involving a “soulmates” couple who called the wedding off after the bride went full-on cray cray—requiring guests to contribute $1500 each to help defray costs of her $60K wedding like she’d just asked for a cup of sugar. Why? The couple’s psychic advised going for the extravaganza wedding option…a destination wedding in Aruba.
Psychic…that’s when I really got suspicious of this story’s veracity. That, and the bride’s assumption that this was a “once in a lifetime” even guests should be grateful to be including it. Guess she didn’t think they might like their own once in a lifetime someday.
I am really struggling not to label this whole story a hoax. Still, even if not true, it does touch on a real issue—the cost of weddings. The average cost of an American wedding in 2017 was $25,000. Not as bad as India at roughly $65,000, but still somewhat insane. Especially considering American marriages rip apart faster and harder than a trailer in a tornado. Hell, this particular soulmate couple (if they exist) never made it up the aisle.
And yeah, I know I write romances, so I should be all for fairy tale weddings. And I am. I simply think—with planning and common sense—fairy tales can cost much less. And please don’t get me started on diamond rings.
I don’t know about you, but I prefer fairy tales that don’t turn into horror stories of debt and bankruptcy. Not to mention, all that money is better spent on a fairy tale castle. Or even better, the kids’ educations…because bearing the costs of that is really becoming a fairy tale.
What’s your opinion?
Have weddings gotten out of hand?