Monday, May 02, 2005

      ( 8:30 AM ) teahouse

I've been following the story of this woman.

I was discussing it with a European friend the other night.

She said, "Americans take this wedding planning stuff too far. I know people at home who get married in civil ceremonies, or they call up the priest and make arrangements a month in advance. And maybe have a dinner at a restaurant for friends and family, but that's it. They don't book things a year in advance and they don't invite 600 people."

"And there aren't a million websites devoted to getting married, a whole multi-million dollar industry, bridezillas and crazy mother of the brides, etc. It's just unheard of. I think that's why this woman got stressed out. It was too much."

I told her that it's like that in Asia, too. Low key. My cousin got engaged last September and got married in October. When my parents got married, my Mom had one bridesmaid.

Granted, it sounds like this wedding in Georgia was particularly large and crazy, even by American standards. But I guess there's someting to be said for small weddings.



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