Reclaiming the wedding from the industry

Gfeef By Gfeef, 8th Jun 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
Posted in Wikinut>Family>Weddings

With a booming wedding industry starting to be refered to as wedding porn, more and more people are returning to simple, more unique, weddings without the price tags and hype that the industry is trying to sell.

The move to replace hype with history and handmade

The wedding industry is quite baffling at first glance. There are designers in their own classes, trends and fashions, and a baffling array of small trinkets that can quickly double your budget and leave you wondering just where the money went. When one first hears the dizzying amount spend on a single day, it can seem incomprehensible. How can a public ceremony with a fixed price, followed by a party raise such a huge price tag.

To be brutally honest, though weddings are remembered as amazing parties by some, other simpler events can actually be more memorable in the grand schemes of life. So cashing in on the dreams of little girls who wanted to wear their Barbies wedding dress is basically what it can all come down to. There is an expectation from family and friends for a certain type of event and that's what the dressmakers, the hotels and reception venues, the florists and suit hire companies are there for.

But people are rebelling, no more will they settle for the overpriced run of the mill experience. It's not that they all want to be radical or forsake the big white wedding, it's just that they are starting to see the value of chair covers and expensive favours that get left behind. More and more the internet tells of wedding stories with tiny budgets, parties that last days but all the money went on accommodation, sites that show how to make your own beautiful and unique favours that don't cost the earth, e-bay sellers that list dresses and accessories that reflect the true cost of the product. People are enquiring at florists for party flowers (omitting the word wedding for a lower quote), and the trend of vintage over new is growing, making charity stores a key hunting ground.

Slowly the weddings which used to be the hold of those with a smaller purse, known for home made wedding cakes and self decorated halls, are regaining the worth of love they have always been given. Photographers, where the couple will pay the price-tag, are displaying pictures of well worn signs and mismatch chairing, antique china and old iron birdcages mixed with reclaimed vases filled with wild flowers gathered that morning. The simplicity of laughter around camp-fires is replacing the flashing disco lights and uncle Tims break-dancing skills or lack thereof.

It's a move the industry will cash in on as ever, now hiring mismatch china and surely that will be but the start. Yet there is a wonderful irony to this movement, a feeling that somehow we are moving back to what the wedding should really be about, the gathering of people to witness two being joined as one. Perhaps one day we may even move far enough for the wedding itself to be more of a focus than the party afterwards.


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