(Closed) Where do travellers get their money for their expensive weddings?

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I wonder the same thing…I also wonder how the little 6 year olds are able to dance like J.Lo! Oh and why they all dress like strippers but are apparently really religious and don’t drink or mess around.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

I really want to know how much those wedding dresses go for. I mean, tulle isn’t exactly expensive but they are so monstrous/labor intensive.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I read somewhere that one of the more moderately priced dresses was $18,000.

 

@smith2be:  They learned it from watching TV.  There was an interview on one with the kids and they were asked where they learned their moves and how to dress, and they said “the tele”.  They’re watching MTV and such… they said their idols are Beyonce, Shakira, and Britney.  Yikes.

 

Willing to bet that some of the money is dirty, which is why they never, ever speak of it.  Of course there’s going to be others that worked hard and saved up, but something tells me that there’s a lot of illegal activity going on in these groups.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

As for the girls who dress and dance like that, it is pretty scary. But I know some many young children today, who love Katy Perry, and the like, know all the words to the songs, and it’s like, ” Really? Skinny dipping, table dancing, shots?”. Yep 7 years old! But you know what, it really is more common than uncommon. And these are children from very affluent families.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Consider the fact that they don’t spend very much on the one thing that gets a huge chunk of our paychecks: our mortgages or rent.

How much could you sock away if you lived in a small trailer that didn’t require a 30 year mortgage to buy?

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

@KristenGotMarried: holy sh*t, why aren’t they just buying Pnina Tornei dresses? (not bashing, some of them are really pretty but she definitely has the over the top stuff to suite their tastes)

OMG Can you imagine a mash-up of SYTTD and My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding?

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I was wondering that too! I was trying first of all why they have such a bad wrap in the community (Google wasn’t living up to expecations). But then I saw this post and now I want to know the same thing! And these dresses… wow…

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I always wonder where do they store their dresses? The trailers they show on the show are TINY.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’ve often wondered this myself.

 

@Jeannine @ Small Chic: This.

@LGenz: Because they want those custom made dresses, I guess. It always amazes me how the girls bring in these crazy designs that they’ve been designing since they were five!

@PinkPinstripes: It looks to me like the dress maker usually delivers the dresses, even to some of the more mainstream ones who live in houses.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper

I wonder this out loud (rather pointlessly) to Fiance every time we watch this show. “Where do they get the money for these things?!”

What Jeannine @ Small Chic suggested makes some sense, but it doesn’t seem like they make much money to begin with based on how they’re portrayed on the show and many of them have more than one daughter.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I totally wonder where they get their money too, but I guess you can save a lot of money from stealing and begging while living in a trailer.

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’ve heard that a lot of them are involved in “criminal” activity and that’s where their money comes from and why it’s never mentioned on the show. So I guess sort of English traveller mafia?!

I also scratch my head when they talk so much about their upstanding morals and not even kissing a boy but dressing in less clothes than a hooker and dancing in a way that would make a stripper blush. It’s a very very strange and fascinating culture.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

OH this show is crazy! My fiance says he feels like a creep watching it because of all the young girls with their boobs practically falling out. He says he feels like Chris Hansen from Dateline is going to come walking down the stairs saying, “hey there sir…and what do you think you are watching there sir.”  hahha. He won’t even watch it with me anymore because of this.

I also wonder why they dress the way they do and yet are very against sex before marriage.  Also, I hate the way the guys “grab” the girls. They are so forcefull!!! Did you also see the episode where the dress lady said there is alot of domestic abuse with the men?

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

When I watch the shows, it seems to me that the men do A LOT of work. I come from an American working-class family and these travelers remind me a lot of my brothers and their friends. Many of these people work several jobs and live in crummy houses so that they can buy nice cars, etc., etc. Priorities are just different in different cultures. On almost every episode, one man or another is getting his face grayed out to prevent people he works for or with from knowing he is a gypsy. You can make a lot of money doing manual labor, particularly when you work 80+ hours a week and don’t have a mortgage.

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