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Also, fabric stores. Just go in with your big wedding planning binder, pull some fabrics in he right colors and annoy someone at the cutting counter about swatches. Thu should either be free or very inexpensive.
See the edit on my previous comment.
Let me rephrase. What precisely do you expect the bride (ok, recently married woman) to do in these scenarios? Wait five years and then host a renewal, with no registries and very toned down? Host a party but with no hint of "wedding-y" stuff? Or just accept that she is married and that is that?
I ask because although I have never been married, I am seeing these kinds of events popping up more and more.
ETA: I don't disagree with you, @pdkh. I just don't see how it's really feasible to use assumed motivation as the standard of appropriateness. I have no idea what somebody is thinking. Their version of scaled down might still be excessive to me.
ETA: it feels like the trend in renewals now is not that scaled back, really, if shows like Say Yes to the Dress are any gauge. They had a woman on not too long ago trying on $10, $15K gowns! So what is the standard, and where does it cross into unseemly PPD territory?
This is interesting. I've been to at least two PPDs that I know of and it never occurred to me to be offended that they were reenacting things. Both included a vow ceremony. One had the whole princess dress shebang (a military couple that had been sent overseas and couldn't party the year before). The other was the worst "wedding" I think I've ever been to (and a second marriage at that), but at least they were honest about it.