(Closed) Are magazine weddings realistic?

posted 6 years ago in Decor
  • poll:
    All of the weddings I've been to have been magazine/website material : (1 votes)
    1 %
    I've been to one or a few : (23 votes)
    27 %
    All the weddings I've been to are just average weddings : (62 votes)
    72 %
  • Post # 3
    3830 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Not unless you have $70,000+ to spend on a wedding

    Post # 4
    1629 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I was just reading Wedluxe and it featured all of these ridiculously over the top 100k+ weddings and it honestly just made me mad lol

    Post # 5
    2364 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

    LOL I don’t know anybody who has that much money. So nope, never been to one.

    Post # 6
    2555 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    they’re not. they’re photoshoots. even the ones that are real are set like a shoot. 

    Post # 7
    8041 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @Fruitypebbles193:  I’ve been to one where some of the aspects of the wedding could be featured in a wedding magazine… but most weddings do not even come close.

    It either has to be super creative or a pretty high budget IMO. Or like a beach setting with amazing photography.

    Post # 8
    9916 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I’ve been to three weddings, and each was PERFECT.  Makes it awesome to plan my own.

    One was at Bryant Park in NYC…the other at a winery in Sonoma…the third in Ojai, CA.  

    Post # 9
    2553 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @Fruitypebbles193:  I feel like this can lead to so much unnecessary pressure and stress for a bride to have everything perfect. Everybody wants their wedding to be that “beautiful” but its not always worth the extra stress and $$ spent. ” (ETA, I mean magazines and blogs like SMP)

    Post # 10
    3039 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I think it really depends on the settings – I went to a small, inexpensive, wedding in 2011 that I thought could have been magazine worthy. The wedding was on the countryside in a small white schoolhouse surrounded by lilacs in full bloom. The bride is super crafty, so she had done all of the decorations with help from her bridesmaids and they were perfect. It was all so light, airy, and creative.


    Then I went to a wedding last summer that was $90.000 and while it was nice, it was too impersonal to give it that magazine wedding feeling.

    Post # 11
    4272 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I guess it depends on what you mean. If you are talking about over the top, I have been to two like that.

    The other weddings I went to were very nice but would probably qualify as what most people would consider “average”.

    The one I liked the best was a small wedding where the bride and groom just had a Maid of honor and a Best man. No bridesmaids, no groomsmen. There were only 50 guests. They got married in La Jolla, California overlooking the cove. It was beautiful.

    Post # 12
    9549 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I look at weddings in magazine like I look at models in magazines. Not real life. Fake life. Most of them are not real weddings, but are set up specifically for the photo shoot. And most of those people are actually models. And while I appreciate that models are, indeed, real people, I think you know where I’m going with all this. And even the real weddings are usually really expensive. Or the couple just happens to be these amazing artists who live in this perfect setting and have friends who all agree to dress up with the Alice in Wonderland theme… Don’t try to compare. With models you end up with body dysmorphic disoder. With weddings you end up with wedding dysmorphic disorder. It’s rampant. A national epidemic. So I just don’t even look at the blogs or magazines. Not worth it. 

    Post # 14
    251 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I only really read the imaginatively named weddingideasmag and to be honest the weddings in it are pretty well the same as the ones on the blogs I read- So pretty achievable in real life. The part that isn’t realistic is that they cherry pick the weddings with the most beautiful brides and bridesmaids to feature. I’m not normally one to complain about this as I’m pretty petite and ok looking but when the real weddings section only features wedding parties that look like the cast of Atonement it makes me feel pretty crappy about myself. Clearly these families have very blessed genes!

    Post # 15
    470 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I’ve only been to one over-the-top, magazine-like wedding … Her family was loaded. It was gorgeous, but not the most fun wedding I’ve ever been to 😉

    Post # 16
    6341 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    This will probably sound up myself, but, I think ours could be (when it eventually comes round!). We are spending a reasonable amount, yes, but not crazy amounts; but we both have an eye for detail (so the stationary will be quite luxurious, the cake is gorgeous, etc), and the venue is amazing, and will make for some fantastic photos.

    TBH, the venue is what will make it I think, as it’s just so different, and so luxurious. I looked at a LOT of venues, and most of them would have required a huge amount to be spent on things like decorations, lighting and flowers, to make them ‘magazine worthy’; so unless we’d had tens of thousands to spend, had we chosen one of those venues, I think our wedding would be very ‘average’, which was what we didn’t want; we want it to stand out.


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