The new wedding KISS is Keep it Simple Silly. Historically, weddings were very simple.
The wedding industry, as we know it today, didn’t exist a generation ago. People saved their money to invest in a house, land or a business and set themselves up for a successful future.
These days, however, it’s not uncommon to see young couples spend $50,000 or more on a wedding. But will this crisis make people rethink what’s truly important and what they’re buying into?
If this crisis has taught us anything, it’s that anything can happen at any time. Are couples better served by having an intimate, fun, and family-oriented wedding instead of building a show around choreography and flash? Perhaps it is wiser to save your money for an investment that will ensure a stable future.
I can’t help but wonder if this new norm of spending a fortune on a wedding is based on a desire to prove some kind of self-worth in an era of overt commercialism. Many weddings are becoming staged photo events instead of life moments. The focus is not on the couple anymore, it’s on everyone who attends and those who view it through the lens of social media.
COVID-19 and the effects it has on the economy may actually inspire some couples to tone down their weddings and invest in the intimacy of the moment as well as the future.
Remember, an event like COVID-19 could happen at any time in your life, and a wedding can be a huge chunk of money you’ll never recover. There’s no shame in a large wedding, just like there isn’t any in a small one. Just don’t think you need to have the biggest and brightest wedding of the decade just because you’ve attended extravagant weddings and feel a need to compete. Rather, let this pandemic give you pause to think about how you can create the most special moments as a couple.