I hate the wedding industry. To be clear, I love the institution of marriage, I just hate weddings because of how expensive the wedding industry and wedding traditions are.
People typically mock why Kim Kardashian for making so much money with no talent. Yet, the wedding industry is chock full of Kim Kardashians with terrible taste in music, bad photography, dry cakes, and they all have one thing in common – they are all bad salespeople. For anyone that has ever been married, planning to get married, or helping someone with their planning, you have probably have seen or been through this charade:
(Naïve bride to be walks up to a vendor)
Rip-off vendor (caterer, DJ, photographer, wedding planner, baker, etc.): You’re engaged? Congratulations! Let me see the ring!
(Naïve bride to be shows ring with a beaming smile)
Rip-off vendor (caterer, DJ, photographer, wedding planner, baker, etc.): Oh, it’s so beautiful (and an excellent determination of how much you will be overcharged)!
(Naïve bride blushes from pride and makes an even bigger beaming smile)
Naïve bride: It’s going to be in a day of this/next year that ends with a Y.
Rip-off vendor (caterer, DJ, photographer, wedding planner, baker, etc.): Oh great, I *love* Fall/Summer/Winter/Spring weddings because weddings that happen in the hot/cold/lukewarm/humidity makes for such great time! Let me tell you about this overpriced burlap bag filled with dog crap I’m going to sell you that has no reason being this expensive….it’s what all the brides do now.
Naïve bride: I MUST HAVE THE WEDDING OF MY DREAMS. EVEN THOUGH I HAVE OTHER PRESSING FINANCIAL NEEDS LIKE A HOUSE OR STUDENT LOANS, EVERY BRIDE HAS OVERPRICED BURLAP BAGS FILLED WITH DOG CRAP AND I NEED IT _________ (insert name of financer – usually never the bride) BECAUSE IT’S MY WEDDING DAY.
(And because the financer usually has no spine they end up financing overpriced burlap bags filled with dog crap.)
Ladies and gentlemen, that interaction there is the reason why the wedding industry is so expensive but even more so why the wedding industry are bad salespeople but even worse at their jobs.
The only tradition weddings celebrate is the tradition for the middle class to continually building debt. A study in 2018 showed that a whopping 74% of couples go into debt for a wedding despite of the fact it well known finances are the top cited reason for divorces. It would be the equivalent of seeing multiple people having their arms torn off by playing with an alligator, but you still decide that it would still be a good idea to play with the alligator -because love. Most people would choose not to play with an alligator, but yet a majority of people are willing to do risk starting off their marriage on such a wrong footing.
Trying to warn a bride that she is making a big mistake is equal to yelling at someone to stop playing with alligators. You don’t shout at someone playing with an alligator because people who play with alligators aren’t reasonable people.
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