Weddings are absolutely pointless in this day and age.
Maybe back in the day it was just an excuse to get the whole village together and party, but today?
I can go down to the court house with my chosen spouse and sign a marriage license. I could be married by lunch today if I had a consenting partner.
Yet this “traditional” way of celebrating a civil partnership by dropping thousands and thousands of dollars on a one-time event where the couple force their friends and families to jump through outrageous hoops (you’ve seen those bridezilla stories) just to show up to eat some food and get drunk in fancy clothing.
And that’s not even taking into account the couples where the families are ultra-controlling and try to make a dream wedding by their standards instead of what the couple wants.
Knowing exactly how my family will act if I ever decide to ‘settle down’, I’m eloping. Then my grandmother can’t criticize my dress, my parents can’t lament the bill they won’t even be paying, my spouse’s parents won’t have to gripe about the wedding theme/colors, and I won’t have to listen to my friends bitch and moan about how I didn’t pick them for my bridal party.
Of course, this doesn’t mean I haven’t picked out my wedding dress. You can’t elope without looking the part.