Practical Weddings In The News

Suddenly tons of news articles are popping up about budget weddings (hello tanking economy!), and I’m enjoying the feeling that Practical Weddings are sweeping the nation. Hello wholesale flower district, and goodbye “It’s all about the details.” I like the fact that an ever growing group of us is moving away from the huge fancy over the top wedding, and back to the sweet simple emotional core of the ceremony.

The LA Times has this to say about a savvy budget bride:
Her bridal gown is actually an ivory-colored prom dress that she picked up for $160. The flowers will be purchased wholesale from the flower district in downtown Los Angeles the day before the wedding. And she’s getting married to her fiancĂŠ, Scott Smith, on a Sunday, when location fees are usually cheaper.

The Washington Post talks about how even celebrity weddings are scaled down this year, highlighting Ellen and Portia’s 19 person backyard fete (editors note: gay weddings these days in California are often between long time couples who have considered themselves married for years, the courts be d*mned. In these cases, you usually don’t have the need for quite as huge a party. Your lives together are the celebration.)

And this amazing Washington Post article chronicles the planning of an Anti-Wedding, and you must read it immediately. It starts with blithe confidence that an anti-wedding will be easy to plan (been there!) and then runs into the fear that it will be impossible to plan (I fear this every day):
Suddenly, it seems possible that we can’t do this, that there is no way to pull off the sane, stuff-free wedding of our couple’s dreams. We are stymied by the twin conformist monsters of The Knot and The Man.

But, ah, it has a happy ending:
The couple stands together under an umbrella, flanked by no attendants, facing their guests. They kiss, once in the beginning, once in the middle and once at the end. They elbow each other, like kids with a secret. They announce that they tried to figure out something to say in the way of vows and decided not to. And they are married.

I love it! Suddenly practical/offbeat/indie weddings are getting real live mainstream press ink. Isn’t it nice to be on the cutting edge? How fantastic is it when the zeitgeist finally catches up with the rest of us? *clinks glasses* Cheers, all!

Picture via the LA Times, yay wholesale flower marts!

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  • this is a great idea! you’ve got me all inspred to give it a go… my gran used to arrange flowers too – I might have to give her a call!

  • Such great news. Hooray for the state of the planet and faltering economies making people stop and think about what’s realistic and sensible.

    I’m so glad you implored us to read the article immediately, because I might have given it a miss otherwise. What a fantastic story!

  • This is a very exciting trend. Hooray for practical brides!

    Meg, have you mentioned on your site somewhere what your actual wedding budget is? I don’t mean to be rude; I’m just curious.

    I’ve read your post about the definition of a practical wedding and how a “practical wedding” doesn’t have to prescribe to a particular budget–which I agree with.

    I’m just wondering what you’ve decided is a practical amount to spend on one day (or weekend–whichever the case may be!).

  • I wonder if it’s just the swing of things.

    For a while it was popular to spend tons of money on your one day.

    Now the world is much more darker and cynical, so people are thinking why do that when you still have to pay for a house and student loans and the like.

    I have a funny feeling in 50 years or so it’ll swing right back.

  • Meg, thanks for sharing this! I am less and less intimidated by the idea of doing my own flowers every day…

    I love that people are focusing more on the personal, emotional aspects of weddings – even if it is because of the economy! Still a good trend which will hopefully stick.

    Thanks again! Jen

  • Anonymous

    I wanted to share this because I thought it was a great article and really shed some light on another facet of the WIC. It is from last year, but still resonates today. Basically explains that the average wedding cost in the U.S. is closer to $15,000 (still a lot of money, but more practical for many than $30K).

  • This is so true! The thing that people often forget is that you do not need to sacrifice elegance, to still plan on a budget, it is just about being smart with your money and shopping for those discounts! Reducing the cost of a few big ticket items (flowers, dress, etc) can save you thousands.

  • Great tip–I’m off to read the whole thing. Just love your blog–thanks as always!

  • blablover, I agree with you. I think that once the economy gets into a better location, people will want to splurge more. Granted, there are still some outragious budgets out there (do they even count as budgets after a certain point?), but more & more couples & families are looking to cut costs lately. But that's also part of this cyclical trend-thing that is going on.

  • LOVED! The Washington Post Article. I read it aloud to the boy! We loved it! Thank you for sharing this with us!

  • Yeah, that Post article was fantastic. Funny AND inspirational!

  • Anonymous

    thanks for posting this, i started out this planning thing and felt so overwhelmed and guilty because of ahem…other blogs that rhimes with “wedding mee” that focus on outlandish and antiquted etiqutte.

    It’s frustrating to me to that these brides push must do’s and must have’s on other brides claiming its “normal” – printed custom ask your b.m cards, 3 engagement parties, 2 weddings, blah blah.
    When I heard that Ellen only invited those close to her rather than inviting everyone in hollywood, it reassured me that i am on the right path by keeping it small, and being our normal selves.