A wedding is a ceremony in which two people are united in marriage. They involve an exchange of wedding vows and rings. Wedding traditions and ceremonies vary and can be influenced by cultures, religions, and race. Couples incorporate many different things into their wedding ceremony and often have a “theme” for their wedding.
Do you like to watch shows like Platinum Weddings and My Fair Wedding with David Tutera? Do you dream of some great big fairytale wedding? Many brides to be have all kinds of thoughts and perceptions of what their wedding day should be like. But is all of this unrealistic? Is it even worth it?
Most soon to be brides want their special day to be a day they will remember for the rest of their life. Therefore, hundreds of dollars are spent on elaborate weddings. Everything from the decorations to the food, to the music and the grand entrance has to be planned in order not to leave out any details, no matter how small and insignificant.
The media had a field day with all of the talk and photos about the royal wedding. Fashion designers were scrambling trying to start the design process on copies of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. With weddings so glamorized by the media, it is easy to get caught up in all of the hype about your impending nuptials. After all, who wants their wedding guests talking about how unimpressed they were with your wedding ceremony?
As stated before, there is a tremendous amount of pressure (normally on the brides and their families) to pull of the perfect wedding ceremony. Realistically, who needs all of that stress? It is important to note that deciding on whether or not to have a wedding ceremony is an extremely personal decision that is to be made by not only the bride, but the groom as well. If this is your second time around the block, you may opt to forego the traditional ceremony and only have a reception. There used to be some stigma with couples that chose to go to the justice of the peace to tie the knot. However, if you have already been through the whole song and dance of a ceremony, it would certainly be easier and less costly to go to a justice of the peace and host an intimate party with your closest friends and family members and call it a day. [pullquote_left]Do weddings have to cost thousands of dollars to be spectacular?[/pullquote_left]
Most first time brides want a wedding. If this is the case, one of the first things to decide is if you can plan everything yourself or if you need a wedding planner. If you have a lot of time before the actual date of your wedding, you can probably plan it yourself. If you are getting married in 6 months or less, you may need a wedding planner. Do weddings have to cost thousands of dollars to be spectacular? No. There are plenty of ways to cut corners and budget your money so you will not have to go bankrupt to married. Is a wedding ceremony necessary? No. Weddings tend to be overrated and glamorized. If you and your significant other love each other and are ready to commit, that is all that matters, especially during these tough economic times. Go to the justice of the peace, get married, and keep it moving. It’s a personal choice and only you (or your finances) can determine what is best for you.