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July 8, 2013 - Jennifer Brookens
Our extended family is about to hit a boom. In just the past week, I had both a cousin and a niece get engaged, and one of my nephews is getting married next month. This niece and nephew were the flower girl and ring bearer for our wedding. Talk about suddenly feeling old!
But I've seen a disturbing trend with weddings... Recent articles throughout cyberspace have been showcasing couples who feel it is their right to milk guests for all they are worth. Some of the stories include couples who scolded guests for bringing anything less than cash. Then there is the acquaintance who was shamed for only gifting $100 when each guest cost $250 a plate, and the couple expected the guests to cover their costs.
We thought Bridezillas were bad, but with shows glamorizing Bridezillas and mega-fortune weddings, I guess I shouldn't be surprised. I know there are wedding "pros" out there who make a living off this mentality, yet it's obvious we as a society have lost touch with what weddings are supposed to represent. It does not literally make you king and queen for the day! Weddings are supposed to be about celebrating the joy of two people in love ready to spend the rest of their lives together, NOT about throwing the biggest party among your family/friends and hope the guests will cough up enough dough to cover the cost. Chances are with that mindset, many of these couples probably end up in divorce court before their mega-wedding is finished being paid off. (Does the name "Kardashian" ring a bell?!)
Fortunately, I have faith that my engaged family members have enough sense not to fall into this line of thinking. Remember it's about the love and the "ever after" that comes after the wedding day.
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