This is what has accumulated on my nightstand over the past week:
As I flip through the pages of Brides and Real Simple Weddings, I am thankful that I’m a bit more money-wise than most young brides (not to toot my own horn or anything…but it’s true. Some girls I know would drop hundreds of bones on toilet paper embossed with their future last name if given the chance.).
It’s pretty obvious that the wedding industry has turned into this untamed beast that prays on weak brides who are just happy-go-lucky in love. Sure, us brides want a perfect, special, memorable wedding day, but I think things have gotten a little out of hand.
In the magazines, there is page after page of advertisements for personalized guest books, engraved cake stands, invitations accented with shades of watermelon pink and seawater green (or any shade your heart could ever desire), silk ring bearer pillows, customized wedding garters, and adorable party favors.
I actually asked someone the other day if I could just avoid the ring bearer pillow all together and just have my ring bearer walk the aisle empty-handed. They looked at me in complete shock and said “but where would the rings go?” I mean…do ring bearers actually carry the rings? I really had no idea. I guess I just like watching the confused kids walk sheepishly down the aisle. That’s where the real fun is, right?
Don’t forget about the suit and armor us brides have to purchase:
- white shoes
- fancy under armor
- tiara and/or other hair decor
- something blue
Yes, okay — I want to be a bride for a day and wear the fabulous costume. But after really listing out all the things I need to buy to pull off the part, it’s pretty overwhelming.
When did the wedding industry get so out of control?
The industry has become quite good at sucking you in and sweet-talking you into that $250 white gold cake cutter engraved with the date of your wedding day.
I think I’ll just use the cake cutter out of my mom’s kitchen drawer that we used for our birthday cakes as kids, thankyouverymuch. Looking at a cake cutter 20 years from now will not make me appreciate my wedding. It will most likely just piss me off that I wasted that $250 because we’ll probably be trying to pay for little Lloyd’s college at that point.
In my parents’ wedding photos, things are completely different. My mom wore a baby blue dress that looks nothing like a bridal gown for her wedding. And she seems SO happy in the pictures. I’m guessing she was probably so happy because she was marrying an awesome dude like my dad, not because she was about to eat a heaping slice of sugar out of her $750 cake.
I’ve had to remind myself almost daily that all this wedding nonsense is just a bunch of BS. I’m super excited for the big day, but I don’t want to forget the reason I’m here in the first place. It’s so easy to forget that you’re vowing to love one person wholly and completely for the rest of your life instead of just planning some ridiculously expensive party.
I’m just trying to keep a healthy balance in the midst of this wedding madness. I know I’ll be much happier in the end if I take a step back from all the tempting extras and just focus on marrying that super hot stud that proposed to me just over 4 weeks ago.