Why big, expensive traditional weddings are disappearing

Your wedding day has got to be the day you’ll always love to remember.

Perhaps that’s why, traditionally, brides have sought to include every luxury and consideration. After all, “My cousin (or sister or best friend) had a big wedding, why shouldn’t I?” “My wedding has to be bigger, better, brighter…etc.”

Yet suddenly, brides are now turning away from this “Keeping up with the Joneses” mentality and are looking to a far more sensible approach.

It’s not surprising that brides are getting real. In fact, just how much money should you spend on a wedding?

Do you really need a chauffeur driven limousine, one thousand dollars worth of flowers and the most expensive reception venue in town?

Possibly not.

Unless your parents (or yourselves) are mega-rich, why blow up to $40,000 on just one day of your life?

These sentiments are driving a shift towards an opposite approach by brides, who are realizing that it’s the “being married” part of marriage which is far more important than the “getting married” aspect.

In researching this article, we asked several brides what has made them choose to have a low budget (or even no-budget!) wedding, compared to a big, highly expensive traditional wedding.

Here’s what they had to say:

Jasmine*, of Broadbeach, Queensland, says that she’d much prefer to save the money for more important things. When quizzed about that, she mentioned paying off the home, children’s expenses and going on a nicer honeymoon.

Another respondent, Maria, from Sunshine, Victoria felt that a tiny wedding would be more intimate. She said that by having 100-plus guests, she wouldn’t get to talk with all of them anyway, so why not go the other way and just have six guests?

One lady, Kylie, of Prospect, SA, explained that “if the whole focus is on simple and cheap, then you can save money all around, not just the ceremony, in other words, you’ll save on everything.”

In our discussions with brides, we upturned a very large range of reasons why they have chosen to go for the lowest possible cost.

Here are some more of their responses:

“It’s much more stress-free.”  “Getting married this way is calm, simple and easy.” “You can dress as you please.”  “I like how it’s really short and without fuss. My wedding was all be over and done with, in just 10 to 15 minutes. Love it!”

Several of the brides made comments just like this:

“All the money you spend will be gone in just one day. Spend $20,000 and you’ll never see that $20,000 again.”

 

“The people you invite will all enjoy your hospitality and some will remember the occasion for some time. Others will probably forget the whole thing in a few weeks. Why should I throw my money away on that?”

 

“There’s so much to organize. Venue for Reception, Catering, Venue for Ceremony, Flowers, Dress, Suit Hire, Car Hire etc etc. All that stress!”

 

“Who will I invite? Who won’t I invite? Who will make those choices, my mother? Or my mother-in-law? Who’s going to be upset if I don’t invite them? Who needs all that to think about. Not me!”

We thought of a few more reasons besides…

-A low cost wedding is ideal for shy people and those who don’t like being centre of attention.

-It’s great if you simply want to be legally married.

-It’s also great if you plan to have a big expensive wedding later but just want to be legally married now.

We thought of a few more reasons besides…

-A low cost wedding is ideal for shy people and those who don’t like being centre of attention.

-It’s great if you simply want to be legally married.

-It’s also great if you plan to have a big expensive wedding later but just want to be legally married now.

What’s more, if you want to marry without delay, Simple Weddings won’t keep you waiting more than a few days over the mandatory one-month legal requirement.

Compare that with other services where you have to wait two to three months or more!

You can see all available dates and book directly at their website; or you can call them on 1300 668 459 to book or find out more.

 

Why big, expensive traditional weddings are disappearing

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