Something that's been bugging me about the myriad issues here is how much peer pressure and/or societal pressure that now seems to be on these young brides. Some of it is the marital-industrial complex, I know. But still--some is self-induced.
Now, I've been going to weddings for decades. When I started there were little tulle-wrapped candy-shell nuts. There were plain old cardboard numbers on a stick for the table. Heh--I remember matchbooks as table indicators. Somebody had an old basket for the cards.
But the stuff that's been layered on since--programs? Card boxes for $60? Frames for table numbers? Bubbles? Cameras?
Yeah, I know...old lady yelling at clouds. But it just seems so trivial to me, and causing headaches for them. I kinda feel bad for the pressure they are under to conform.