This shall be brief. Hopefully.
I am disgusted, as much with myself as anyone. Like a sheep, I clicked on a link about bridal trends which led me to an article about Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake’s
Per usual, I was led to an article about an opulent, no-expense-spared celebrity wedding. Each detail was lovingly picked to represent the uniqueness of both Jessica and Justin as a couple and as human beings. Naturally, people of their creative talent and stature require a wedding that is as tasteful and unique as it is lavish. Their china should not be ordinary china.
I’ll be honest. I’ve long had an issue with our culture’s endless quest to be special. We’ve come to believe that we’re all such snowflakes that even our coffee should be unique. And it that requires paying $6 for it at Starbucks, then dammit we fork over $6.
It’s ridiculous and contrived. Yes, we are all different, but so is every puddle of vomit.
Nowhere is this more apparent than at a modern wedding, which borders on a circus. In an effort to boost the economy as much as possible, couples are encouraged to spare no expense. Professional dance lessons, Vera Wang wedding dresses, and all sorts of things they can’t really afford because, “You only get married once.” Coughs politely.
My husband and I married ten years ago, and we’ve been to a LOT of weddings over the years. Most of them blur together regardless of how much money was spent. You can’t tell from looking at the pictures whose dress cost $400 and whose dress cost $8000. What you can tell from looking at pictures is which smiles are fake and which smiles are real.
I remember planning my own wedding. At times it seemed like way too many details, but luckily, my husband’s requests were simple. He wanted an open bar, good food, and good music. As it turns out, he was right. Ten years later, all people tell us was how much fun they had. I doubt they remember much else, although one friend still raves about the cake. It was a very tasty cake; cake tends to be high on my list of priorities.
I’m actually surprised that, given the current economic climate, people aren’t scaling down their weddings. However, as long as dolts like me continue to read and watch stories about weddings, shows like “Say Yes to the Dress” will stay on television. The wedding industry will continue to thrive, and pictures like this will grace your local newsstand.
I’m not even going to speculate on the opulent no-expense-spared Biel-Timberlake divorce… Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to the deli to buy a cup of coffee. Medium, regular.