There isn’t much I would change about my wedding day. After almost ten years of marriage I’m sure there are certain things I would do differently because things change over a decade. Styles evolve, new trends emerge and tastes can change. But for the most part everything was really nice. But if I truly had it to do all over again, I probably would have taken the money and ran! My parents graciously paid for my wedding, but offered to let me use that money elsewhere if we just wanted to have a small destination wedding instead. Knowing what I know now (and being in the wedding industry has probably jaded me) and being more practical I probably would have jumped on the opportunity. Not that weddings shouldn’t be celebrated and enjoyed, but the amount of money wasted on frivolous things could really be much better spent!
But as long as little girls dream of their fairytale weddings and the industry continues to grow, flourish and dominate the media, money will be spent on lavish events. Hopefully, the next generation of brides will learn to be smart with their spending and won’t go in to debt to pull off a dream wedding. Maybe the eco-friendly wedding trend will take off and brides will pay more attention to the environmental consequences of their choices. And maybe, just maybe, brides will begin to cherish the reason behind the big party and work harder on their actual marriage than they
do on planning their wedding. Wishful thinking?