There’s something irresistible about a bride, decked out in her wedding finery. Whether she’s wearing a silken sari in Sri Lanka, or a lacy gown in Spain, you can’t help but smile.
James says I take the best photos of the backs of brides. Instead of “Here comes the bride,” I’m more of a “There goes the bride” photographer.
That’s usually because we’ve stumbled across the wedding party and I’m fumbling to grab the camera.
But every once in a while I manage to time it right … and she turns around …
… and smiles, like this beautiful bride getting ready for her ceremony. When we asked her what time the wedding was, she replied, “Oh, 3:30 or 4:00.” I love her relaxed attitude!
Since James and I had a really simple wedding, I was wondering what the average wedding costs these days. The answer was a stunning $27,000 in 2011, according to a survey conducted earlier this year by The Knot, a wedding website. That number exceeded the median annual income in the U.S. Wow!
Of course you’ll feel much better knowing that when Prince William and Kate Middleton got married it cost $70 million!
A few weeks ago we came across a wedding reception on Jekyll Island that made our jaws drop. Everything was gorgeous – from the stylish lounge on the lawn to the lavish flower arrangements.
The florist disclosed that the flowers alone cost over $100,000. Yikes! I’d rather go traveling.
However, there seems to be an interesting backlash aimed at the “Wedding Industry.” The Huffington Post has launched a “Take Back Your Wedding” campaign designed to help couples sculpt the wedding that they want, not what they’re pressured to have.
HuffPost’s tongue-in-cheek rant shows couples what they can buy for the average price of a wedding in their city. For example:
- New York city has an average wedding cost of $65, 824. That will buy 2 years rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in the East Village.
- Chicago’s average wedding costs $53,824 – or the happy couple can buy 465 infield club box seats at Wrigley Field.
- Las Vegas comes in under average at $25,311, which will also buy 2,531 $10 hands of blackjack at the Golden Nugget casino.
But our favorite suggestion came from Brian and Shannon at Everywhere Once, who recently posted 6 Life Changing Things You Can do for the Price of an Average U.S. Wedding. They proposed the couple could take the $27,000 and Travel Around the World for an Entire Year. Just imagine what a kickstart that would give to a lifetime together!
And just to add one final twist to bring this all full circle, a recent survey by Bing found that British women’s #1 priority is to travel the world rather than get married!
So, I guess … there goes the bride!
Personally, marriage has been very, very good to me. Been there … still doing that … and loving it!
Peace and Love,