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Things The WIC Doesn’t Want You To Know

by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief

So, the WIC complex emailed me this morning, and said I absolutely positively, under no circumstances was allowed to share this article with you. And they must have been stressed out, because right after I got the email they called me and told me that they TOTALLY were not kidding, and they were going to ban me from the marriage club if I so much as whispered about it on this blog. But, knowing what being in the marriage club means to those people, I thought I’d pay my money and take my chances. Ehhh.
Key things the WIC doesn’t want you to know:

  • Apparently the economy isn’t doing so well. When I heard the news, I did a quick google search, and apparently we’re having some problems because people were living beyond their means on credit? Hum. Anyway, apparently, YOU the engaged are not supposed to know about this.
  • Some brides are starting to feel ripped off by the price of all things wedding related. They know it’s THEIR BIG DAY and also THE BEST DAY OF THEIR LIFE but somehow they still don’t want to spend 2K on flowers. Why? No one is sure. It’s apparently some glitch in the marketing system, and everyone is sure it will work itself out.
  • Apparently DIY centerpieces and brunch weddings are in! (Note: we are focused on bringing you the up to the minute trends here at A Practical Wedding)
  • The average wedding is going to cost a whole $28 less this year. This is not a joke. The new average cost of a wedding is going to be just $28,704, down from $28,732. The wedding industrial complex is a little distracted right now, since they are crouched under their desk whispering “Failure! You’re a failure!” to themselves over and over. So while they are otherwise occupied, run out to your nearest bridal salon. Maybe without proper oversight they put something on sale!

Just remember, if anyone asked you where you found out about all this, you didn’t hear it from me.

Kick *ass picture via the excellent Indexed.
(Thanks to Jacob for the article, and Kathryn for the heads up on the picture.)

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. Her first book, A Practical Wedding: Creative Solutions for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration, was published in January 2012, and has been a top three bestseller on the wedding bookshelf ever since. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and son. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit

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  • Veronica

    Music to my ears! Thanks for this post Meg!

  • phillyeditgrl

    Hoo rah for all of us who realize that life goes on beyond our “big special once in a lifetime day”!

    Sure, there’s nothing wrong with wanting it to be special and snazzy, but it’s also good to make sure your credit doesn’t take a dive and your mortgage and student loans don’t kill you.

    As always, your blog is full of wisdom :) And snarky goodness. Can’t forget that.

  • Rachel

    Ha ha ha ha!!
    I love the drawing!!

    $28 dollars cheaper??? I realize it’s a decrease, but $28?? ;-)
    Good post.

  • Rebecca Green

    Time ran this story this week:,9171,1808615,00.html. It argues that wedding spending is, “in fact,” a good economic indicator. Hmmm… which is it, folks?! Maybe the WIC DID get to the Baltimore Sun! :)

  • GrownUpBride

    It’s not just the wedding industry either! I am SHOCKED at family expectations, as well. My mother-in-law-to-be just told me that we should expect to spend $80K to $100K on our wedding! (No, they’re not pitching in.) Apparently they want a big show for their friends!

    I think I will email your post to her!

  • vrueda

    This is fantastic! Thank You.
    I’m doing a destination wedding in south america, where the exchange rate (shocker) is still favorable to the US$, and where the cost of food and labor is 40%-50% less. Yet my first food/venue quotes are comparable to five-star resorts in the U.S. Aha! I suppose they are in with the other wedding conspirators and would prefer that I AND my parents don’t retire! Fabulous Darling!

  • Backwardsliving

    hehe a Ven Diagram about weddings…priceless :-)

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