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A wedding videographer explains the bizarre economics of your big day.


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swannlake
"You deserve to feel like a princess on your wedding day" is such bullshit to get brides to spend more money. If you're with a person that makes you FEEL like a princess EVERY DAY, suddenly the pressure for an expensive wedding goes down
MX BlazeUi
To all people in a world

I want to tell you something a big thing about human life

That is


MARRIAGE IS "USE AND THROW " POLICY, women will erase your life,
All they need is Just Money , That's why today's women live with Man who has higher income ,
They will use you and throw you ,and you will just do there work as a atendent
Mai Cadiz
Here in the Philippines, weddings can be as cheap or as extravagant as you want it to be. Prices here are way cheaper compared with the US. On average, weddings here in the Philippines with 100 guests with quality suppliers (venue, caterer, photo/video, clothes, rings, flowers, etc) start at around $3,000.00. Some brides can even reduce it to $1,000.00. Our wedding cost us at around $8,000.00.
Limerence
The only thing I would pay a lot of money for would be the cake. I love me some cake and I'm only getting married once, I want some fancy cake they make in shows like cake boss and I'll have different types per tier and cheesecake will be the bottom just for the challenge of it! Oh and tip, get your wedding dress from a charity shop. I was getting my debs dress in Oxfam and their were all these wedding dresses that were so beautiful and they averaged out €80, so worth it.
prophet Ray
It's double now this was 4 years ago almost
Chris
I find this difficult to accept. People spend tens of thousands of dollars on weddings because...they're inexperienced shoppers? I don't think so. This has more to do with vapid materialism than anything else.
Its ASetUp
Numbers and courts are stacked against men. MGTOW and save your cash for early retirement.

Women initiate 70% of divorces
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-new-resilience/201508/women-initiate-divorce-much-more-men-heres-why

Women get custody:
https://www.divorcenet.com/resources/divorce/for-men/divorce-for-men-why-women-get-child-custody-over-80-time

Men pay off women school debt then divorce them:
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/i-paid-off-my-wifes-student-loans-then-she-filed-for-divorce-after-two-years-of-marriage-2018-04-21

Female breadwinners more likely to divorce:
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article148558804.html

Why the he’ll would any man sign up for this?
Wait What
I honestly think that vendors have good reason to charge extra for weddings. Weddings are very much a "once-in-a-lifetime" event. The stakes are much higher and as such the margin for error is basically zero.
samspotz8r8s
Even as a kid I was determined not to over fantasize my wedding. On my wedding I want to keep it firmly in my mind that it’s a special day, but not the most important day of my life. Brides have so much pressure on them and it’s terrible
jake black
For the same reason the middle class is dying and most people won't become rich: They want to keep up with the Joneses and choose to blow their capital instead of buying assets with it.
kate Goble
(Sorry for the awful grammar in this )
I’m spending about 300$ on dress alterations I’m wearing my moms dress I would have spent 400 on a new dress and alterations
I’m doing my own florals my mom is doing a street taco buffet for food which will be no more then 800$ for 200 people
Planning on about 400$ on my florals
All of my decorations I’m diy-ing about 600$ my photographer and videographer are 1,700$ our venue is 1,300$ we got it for 2 days we decided on hiring a wedding planner and 5 of her staff for the last 30 dats which is 3,000 our Cale is 275 and we have larger budget 12-20 thousand dollars we have planned everything but I’m definitely planning on not using all of it and putting for into our honeymoon fund
True Or False
Replace the word “weddings” with any other word and the statement would still be true regarding my financial situation.
ATransparentEyeball
I had a potluck with friends at my preschools garden. My students made decorations and my wife and I bought all of our getups second hand. I think we might have spent $100 total? And instead of a registry we offered our friends the option of helping us pay down our debt. It was a beautiful event and I'm endlessly grateful for it.
chancy319
Weddings are expensive because of women. PERIOD.
Alexis Anna Pruitt
What people need to start realizing is no matter how much money you put into your wedding day, it doesn’t equate to a successful long lasting marriage. You’d be shocked how many marriages that had celebrity style weddings don’t last 10 months and how many Las Vegas or Justice of the Peace style weddings - the couples are celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary! Invest in the marriage because the wedding ain’t nothing but the celebratory party congratulating you two for making this decision. If you’re going to splurge, put it towards the honeymoon! Take this time to enjoy each other & the world around you. Take that trip to Hawaii, Bora Bora, or Turks & Caicos, because after the kids come into the picture - you’re headed to LEGOLAND.
J C
Because people pay it
karpalo
We spent about 5.000 euros for our wedding in Greece ( for 100 guests ), which was a really good price since most people spend around 20 to 30.000 euros. We got all our money back, since we asked for money as a wedding gift because we didn't need any more stuff to fill the house. We did some diy stuff but not a lot, since the hotel where we had the reception covered the food, the service and the cake. Even if I had a ton of money I wouldn't spend so much money for just a day. We still had a great wedding day and we didn't go broke. Also part of the money we got back from the wedding we will spend to go to Bali for our honeymoon!
UmmYeahOk
How come brides BUY a dress that they only plan on wearing once, while grooms RENT their tux?
Brett Voigt
When we looked at vendors for our wedding, we just quit talking with anyone who refused to give us a quote or a price range.
Apple Tree
Do whatever you want. Spend money or don’t spend money. Whatever. You don’t have to get married.
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The hidden oil patterns on bowling lanes Why are weddings so damn expensive? 1 day ago   07:41

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Every bowling lane has a hidden oil pattern. In this episode of Vox Almanac, Phil Edwards finds out what that means.

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Every lane has a pattern. In this episode of Vox Almanac, Phil Edwards explores how they change the game.

Bowling isn’t just about a great ball and good form — if you want to understand the sport, you have to understand the lane.

Every bowling lane, including the one in your neighborhood alley, is coated with an oil pattern to protect the wood. But these patterns aren’t just for protection — the way in which oil is applied to the lane can affect the speed and direction of your ball.

These patterns are so important that recreational bowlers and professional bowlers bowl on vastly different patterns — the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) even classifies the patterns it uses in tournaments.

Phil Edwards met with professional bowler Parker Bohn III at his childhood bowling alley, Howell Lanes in Howell, New Jersey. He guided Phli through the complex strategy a pro bowler uses when encountering different oil patterns. Not only do they have to assess which pattern is in use, but they also have to judge how that pattern changes as the oil shifts and slides over the day. Knowing how to play a specific lane can be the difference between a title and second place.

But these patterns aren’t just for the pros — they’re relevant to recreational bowlers as well. Watch the video to see how you can use these patterns to step up your game.

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