Post # 1
it was the 80’s/90’s, etc and the internet, blogs, forums, etc weren’t available to them?!? I booked all my vendors based on the knot, reviews on wedding wire, etc….did these people just go to to a phone book or something? I bet wedding planning was way less stressful back then when you didn’t have perfect weddings on every single blog that you felt like you had to compare to!!!
Post # 3
@AshleyM623: Exactly, I’m sure it was so much less stressful cos you wouldn’t have been torturing yourself with all these beautiful pictures!
Post # 3
They were also MUCH less complex unless you were a big time socialite. MOST people had cake and punch in a VFW/church fellowship hall. The whole idea of a blow out party is a relativly new idea to the middle class.
Post # 4
@chasesgirl: Depends how far back you go. If we’re talking hundreds of years then yeah. But 30 years ago weddings were a big deal for the middle class and all the resources that we have weren’t available. I agree, OP, that wouldn’t have been nearly as fun. I have NO creative vision, I really have to see it. The astonomical amount of photos on the internet has been a huge help.
Post # 5
@thursdayschild: I can agree with this. My mom and dad were very middle class when they married, and they had a nice church ceremony followed by a big reception in a hall complete with photographer, videographer, dancing, etc.
To the OP… I asked my mom how she planned years ago and she said it was easy! You just did the very basics and didn’t have to compare to anyone else.
That must have been so nice 🙂 No second guessing on centrepieces or themes or invites or flowers cause you only had what you had!
Post # 6
I actually planned a wedding back in 1977. And the experience was quite different from planning one in 2009.
For one thing, a lot of the things we treat as a matter of course–programs, DIY invitations, etc.–were not possible before computers. Registries could really only be for a particular store in a particular town, so they were pretty much useless for people with guests coming from all over.
Not only could you not find reviews, it was much harder even to find out who the vendors in another town were. So, for example, my in-laws picked out the restaurant where we had our reception, because we lived in a different area and didn’t know the restaurants there.
The inspiration one can get from the Internet has been a mixed bag. On the one hand, it has increased the options. On the other hand, some couples get so hung up on the big splashy weddings they see online that they are far less satisfied with a wedding they can actually afford, so the average price of a wedding has gone up even faster than the rate of inflation.