While getting married and having children are certainly worthy goals — I have done both, and highly recommend them — weddings today represent the most superficial aspects of those relationships. A wedding can be about families coming together to celebrate the love of two people, but now, too often, it’s about pricey dresses, lavish receptions and proving just how much of a show you can put on for your guests. The average U.S. couple spends over $27,000 on their wedding — a sum that could be a down payment on a house. And if you can’t really be a princess, don’t fret, you can purchase a wedding gown from Disney’s bridal boutique, where each dress is named after a Disney princess.
Now, I’m not totally immune to wedding fever. When I got married, I had a great time picking out invitations and trying on dresses. I enjoyed planning my wedding, but it was the marriage to follow that I was most excited about. And that’s what’s lost in America’s over-the-top wedding culture and the craze around the British royal wedding — the reality of what comes after. A long and healthy relationship has little to do with the pomp or cost of a wedding.”
- Opinion columnist Jessica Valenti in “Unhappily ever after: Royal wedding obsession is an unhealthy escape from reality”