Post # 1
I remember when my cousin got married, it must have been just about 12 years ago. Her heart was set on a silver wedding, and my gosh did she have trouble. She couldn’t find silver invitations, no one nearby knew how to make a silver cake (she had to do gray instead,) etc.
Fast forward to 2009. I think I could probably find any cake, invitation, accessory, or performing animal I wanted for a wedding if I was willing to shell out the cash! Maybe these things have always been around and she just didn’t have access to them as the internet was just coming about then. Still, I’m curious…do you think the ‘couture’ wedding industry is relatively new in this country?
Post # 3
Some how I discovered this post through another link and I thought that the question is still worth answering. I do think that the wedding industry is getting bigger. When I was a kid, I remember going to little receptions in rather dreary locations like a fire hall or a cement slab bingo hall. I think that weddings are getting a little fancier as the brides and grooms are older. I don’t think it’s been in the last 10 years but more like the last 25. I think that more weddings have become destination spots for families. I was just at a wedding in Mississippi for a cousin with about 50 other family members. We travelled from as far away as Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington D.C., and Georgia– and that was just on the bride’s father’s side.
I know that wedding gifts have changed since my mom got married in the 60s. She got tea towels and very basic gifts from many of her guests. But over the years, my cousins have received very elaborate gifts. Recently, I was at a shower that I realized that you really could tell how not everyone has been to a shower in a while. The elderly shower guests gave simple but quite useful gifts to the bride. But their value was in the 10 to 15 dollar range and not the over 40 to 100 dollar range that I have become a customed to seeing…
I think that the internet has changed how easily we can locate objects for an event, but that most of the wedding objects are not new ideas of the past 10 years.
Post # 4
It has definitely “exploded” since I got married in the 1980’s!!! We had a choice of white linens or white linens. lol. We got married in November, and color choices for Bridesmaid or Best Man gowns were Navy, Forest Green, Cranberry, or Mauve, that was it!!! We had our reception at an Elks Hall-and I never gave it a second thought, or thought to decorate it, besides the centerpieces. The most unusual thing that I planned was that my cake had wine glasses with roses underneath for the tiers, and I got a blown glass cake topper instead of the plastic ones, and the extra wine glasses we got etched with our names. I don’t know about anyone else at the time, but we didn’t do bachelorette/bachelor parties either.