What is it about Weddings? The public can’t get enough of them, if you believe the cable TV programmers. There are more Wedding blogs than enchiladas in Texas, and when the Royal wedding hit, the Industry, as a whole got all hot and bothered. The public is fascinated by celebrity weddings, crazy Bridezilla weddings, Flash mob weddings, DIY weddings, and has turned some wedding professionals into media stars.
This generation knows more about Weddings than any generation prior. Where Grooms used to just show up, drink and dance, they are now involved in all aspects of their Wedding planning. I’m personally addicted to a couple of great Groom-centric blogs, and find that the men in the wedding industry are invested in weddings without the least embarrassment.
So, what’s up with THAT?
I have a couple of ideas. They’re just my opinion. I would love to hear what you think.
We are a generation touched by divorce. We have either lived it ourselves or been affected by it within our families. Yet, the desire to marry, raise a family and live happily ever after is stronger than ever. I, myself, was divorced after an eighteen-year marriage failed. Yet, ten years later remarried with the complete confidence that it was right, destined and perfect.
Marriage survived the 60′s â€œMarriage is deadâ€ phase. It survived the Free Love stage, and survived the â€œMe Firstâ€ 80′s. It survived the nihilistic 90′s, and will soon survive the selfish way we deny it to our brothers and sisters in love because of who they love.
Regardless of what trend has been tossed at us, the desire to bond together in marriage has survived. It has most importantly survived the failure of its participants.
Speaking of trendy, Weddings are damn trendy. Pick up a tabloid and you will read more about weddings than you will most other topics. Whatever happened to rehab? The good old days, how I (don’t) miss them. I’ll take love and commitment over the latest overdose, thank you.
One last thought, Brides. Those of us in the Wedding Industry sometimes get caught up in the sizzle and forget what weddings are really all about. Ok, we don’t really forget, we just get wrapped up in the details. It’s your excitement about the big day that reminds us why we do what we do.
Marriage is about Love. That’s why it’s still so popular and has survived everything thrown at it. It’s always been about love, always will be about love, and it’s gently nurtured and fed by faith and commitment. Faith in each other, and commitment to something much more precious than ourselves.