I Couldn’t Resist

You don’t have to love Taco Bell (and you shouldn’t) to love this dress made entirely of burrito wrappers from the chain. The stunt is an entry in the restaurant’s contest to win a free trip to Las Vegas to get married in their store on the Vegas Strip.

“It’s time to spill the beans. We have been engaged for 4 years, and together for 10. Taco Bell has been there through the years, from the after school runs, to late meals after work (or a night of partying). Our love for each other is as cheesy as a quesadilla,” she wrote in her entry. “We’re nachos getting married, it’s going to be a Las Vegas tacover. Lettuce celebrate our love at the Taco Bell Chapel in Vegas, cuz we are ready to guac and roll.”

On Valentine’s Day Taco Bell announced the chain will hold weddings at its Las Vegas Strip Cantina location and offered one lucky couple the chance to compete for a free trip to be the first couple married at the restaurant.

Nguyen said a friendly manager at her local Taco Bell provided her with the wrappers.

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Small Weddings Are In

According to The Washington Post, more and more couples are opting to have a small ceremony, or just go to the courthouse and get the job done. As for people “attending” your ceremony, they do it with “likes” on FaceBook.

Not totally surprising as the average cost for a wedding in the U.S. is an eye-watering $29,858. If I’m going to cry at a wedding, that’s the reason right there. And it’s not just the couple and the families who spend all that dough. I figure that every time I get invited to a wedding, it costs me $300 to $1000. After the flights and the room and the gift and the rental car… and then for some reason my wife seems to need a new dress for every third wedding.

For the newlyweds, it’s simple. Think of it as Romeo and Juliet 2.0. No guests = no planning, no politics, no pressure. Plus a whole lot less expense, of course. Who can afford it while shouldering massive student-loan debt, even years out of college? Couple these expenses with rising housing costs in the city, along with car payments, and it’s easy to slip into significant debt. And even if the bride’s or groom’s parents are willing to chip in, many are simply unable to fully bankroll that pricey an undertaking.

You can see the logic. It also makes sense for today’s social norms. A hundred years ago, many family members would be meeting the bride or groom for the very first time at the wedding. But today most couples have relationships for years before they tie the knot. We’ve all probably seen a thousand status updates by the couple already.

You can read the whole article here.