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.