There was an article recently on the BBC website where the following question was debated:
Are weddings getting out of control?
Over the past couple of years there’s been a change in the wedding industry.
Couples moving away from simple, intimate ceremonies.
Increasingly, couples are choosing to splash out even more on their wedding day. Multiple bridesmaids. Drone photography. Even 3 or 4 dress changes!
Yes, it’s true, according to Country Life magazine.
I’ll admit that this year I’ve seen an increase in the number of weddings where there are multiple bridesmaids. Traditionally, Brides have perhaps 2 or 3, but this year I’ve had a couple of weddings with 8 bridesmaids.
Country Life have encouraged couples to “rein it in a bit”, which is surprising, bearing in mind their target audience and the demographics they appeal to. But I think they do have a point. With social media there’s often pressure to make sure that your wedding’s the best there is. Pinterest boards filled with ideas for the wedding day. Tweets and Instagram #hashtags for the day are now commonplace, with guests sharing photos throughout the day.
Hen-dos and stag-dos are now often held abroad, with guests having to pay their own way. I recently heard of one wedding where the girls went to a luxury log cabin in Colorado – lovely, but not exactly cheap! Add in the cost of a wedding present and quite possibly (for the ladies anyway) a new outfit, and some guests have admitted they dread getting an invitation to yet another friend’s wedding! Well, to be honest, when you’ve got a mortgage/rent and everyday bills to pay, the expense of being invited to another wedding is something most people could do without! 😃
What should you do?
For me, at the end of the day, it’s about having the day that YOU want.
It can be simple and intimate. It can be lavish and opulent. The choice is yours.
But I’d encourage you to have your day, your way.
Don’t bow to pressure from family, or try to be bigger/better than your friends. Be true to yourselves and your wishes.
But ultimately, ENJOY your day, whatever you do.
You can read the Country Life article here.
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