(Closed) DIY is killing the wedding industry complex!

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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502 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think the idea of people spending 20 and 30 thousand dollars on a day while kids are starving all over the world is ridiculous. I hope the industry crashes and burns. It’s puts an undue burden on women. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Just reading your title, my reaction was Yay! haha, but of course the profession really is made up of real people running real businesses, keeping other real people in real jobs.

OTOH, I just finished reading Wedding Babylon yesterday – an expose of the industry and some of the tricks and scams therein. So many of the examples emphasised the ridiculous margins applied to any product that is wedding-suitable. E.G. – a mark up of 8-10 times the cost price, rather than 3-4 times in regular retail.

I think DIY for many people is self limiting in some ways – I can’t really do that much because of innate clumsiness, and venue restrictions.

If DIY is the catalyst for wedding prices being reduced to sensible levels, brilliant. Usually quality will win: we will still want the best for our wedding days.

 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@babymilka74: Of course you’re absolutely right on the bare numbers side of it, but that argument covers almost everything we spend money on that isn’t food, shelter, health or education. Personally I’ve peeled our budget back as far as I can to not feel awful about it.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

@babymilka74: Some of those people give a lot of their fortune to charity and want to throw their own family a really nice dinner party.  Plus, the money that they spend keeps people employed right here.

Post # 7
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2288 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Well. That’s interesting. Fifty years ago, weddings were cake and punch in your parent’s backyard and your Mom handled the whole thing. Then the industry exploded. Near as I can tell, folks are “getting back to their roots” in a new and exciting and – dare I say – more creative way. People are now free to explore different options in a way that they never felt free to before and that’s a good thing. Do I understand the fellow’s concern? Sure. That’s his livelihood and the livelihood of thousands of professionals all over the place. But do I think he’s exaggerating a bit? You betcha.

ETA: a 30-50% increase in price just because it’s a “wedding item” needs to end. NOW.

Post # 9
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1962 posts
Buzzing bee

@Miss Tattoo:  Floral is the one thing I don’t get.  I mean for real.  Is it the cost of having brick and mortar because I made some serious arrangements for my best friend’s bridal shower and it cost me less than 400.  5 large and 7 small.  WTH!

Post # 10
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2829 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I feel like the WIC crashing and burning would be too good to be true. Like the article points out where there is good marketing, sales can prevail. Which is unfortunate.

Yes, some people may donate some money to charities, but it certainly isn’t the majority of people–and even those that do give certainly don’t donate the majority of their earnings, so l believe that point is moot..

As for the WIC keeping “people right here employed” again, it certainly isn’t a majority of individuals employed by this industry-nor is it a majority demographic who benefits/ profits from this industry; it is the few privleged and designers who benefit from the industry.

*eta: I do understand the whole concern of the individual writing the article as it is their livelihood, but at the same time, the entire industry is based on tricking or convincing women that they NEED perfection, that they NEED a dress, flowers, 100$per plate meals, diamonds, pearls you name it, and that is something I think is incredibly wrong.
The more l see small scale, DIY, moderate weddings, the better. Excess is a destructive lifestyle–and am not just talking weddings but many factors of Western lifestyles are excessive–it is like putting all the available fuel on the campfire at one time. The fire either smothers itself, or burns out much quicker than it would had the fuel been used in moderation.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@heather25: A lot of people just spend all their live’s savings on the day and don’t give any significant portion to charity. Also, while it is employing some people right here, a lot of the crap (that will get thrown away in the end anyway) comes from overseas. AND since everything is so inflated you’re really not getting a lot of production for your dollar–meaning that the actual amount of people put to work pales in comparison to the money spent. 

Post # 12
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1962 posts
Buzzing bee

@babymilka74: You are completely correct.  But I do hope you see how your comment could be very hurtful to many people on this site.

Post # 13
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1962 posts
Buzzing bee

@missmouse29: A few privileged???  David Tutera doesn’t plan every gal’s wedding.  In my small hometown there are 1, 2, 3 no 5 wedding venues owned by local peeps.  2 bridal shops.  Countless overpriced florists.  Come on now.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

@Miss Tattoo: Florist rose boquets make me gag most of all.  $250 for something that takes limited skill to put together.  It is the easiest to arrange.  Floral wire, stem cutter and some ribbon.  SMH

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@heather25:

I think you misread, I am not stating that the people having weddings were privileged or not, I was using the word privileged in regards to those involved in the wedding industry, vendors, planners, store owners etc.

I never said that David Tutera plans every wedding. You saying that 5 individuals in your hometown own wedding venues, how is that not ‘few’ compared to the entire populous of the town? (please do not misinterpret my tone, I am not being snarky, just direct).

I am by no means saying “don’t support local business!” I am just pointing out that not every single person on the block owns a wedding venue, wedding boutique, wedding photography business etc therefore the profits gleaned from the wedding industry are thusly not spread around beyond those involved in the industry.

 

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