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How Social Media Increases Wedding Costs

Social media pushing up wedding costs
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Social media has affected every facet of our lives. From how we share life-changing news to how we make life-changing plans.

People are sharing every part of their lives online, from concept to completion. Everything from holidays, job searches, and engagements, to tying the knot can be found on the web. As is only human, people also tend to share the positive side of their lives with the public. The new biggest trend is to post about your picture-perfect wedding, allowing your friends on social media to get a glimpse into your perfect life, and being able to bask in the glory of your big day with you. Few will post anything other than the highlights, trying to create an image of perfection, to set a standard against which others will measure themselves.

The result is that there is a running competition that never ends, where winners only hold their title from one ‘I Do’ to the next. Weddings have been transformed from marked occasions, to public displays of happiness measured in $ signs, and this has created a booming industry where one couple tries to outdo the next. However, this all comes at a cost.

The Planning Process

Planning a wedding used to involve endless amounts of glue sticks, paper cuts, and scrapbooks. Yellow post-its were the bride’s best friend, and the amount of money spent on bridal magazines could rival most dresses. Planning was done after work and after family time, but today, newly engaged couples admit to planning all through the day. This all-consuming hunt includes the search for vendors on social media to searching for comparative ideas on Pinterest.

Much to the delight of brides- (and grooms-) to-be, today’s research tools have made it easier than ever to look for inspiration. A simple browse on Pinterest in the ‘Mr and Mrs’ category comes up with almost endless results. Wedding boards can be created, vendors found, flowers imported. With access to so much information and inspiration, it has opened a whole new world for every couple.

The Rising Costs of Weddings

The social media cost of weddings
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Before the days of social media, most couples used local suppliers, whatever flowers their florist could find, and a local venue. Destination weddings and imported foie gras was reserved for the rich and shameless.

Today, people can choose to get married in exotic locations, find and import any flower they choose, and have any meal they desire served, no matter how exotic. The effect of social media on the rising cost of weddings is clear, and it seems like future Mr and Mrs’ need to win big playing at online casino games before they set about planning their wedding, as the cost is rising with every Instagram post!

Social media also gives couples a taste of every wedding their friends have attended. It creates a false sense of perfection, and everyone wants their special day to be perfect too. New ideas are offered, comparisons made, and each new addition adds another dollar to the bottom line. Every bride and groom wants their friends to publicize just how wonderful their special day was, and will go to great lengths to make it Pinterest or Instagram worthy.

A Public Affair

Couples are no longer planning their dream weddings for themselves; they are planning for Instagram or Facebook. Their perfect day will be up on the Internet before the end of their first kiss; and it needs to be Instagrammable & enviable.

Instant posts by guests create an additional pressure to add items that are perceived to be important by others. If your high school nemesis arrived in a Rolls Royce, you need to arrive to the ceremony on your big day in a vintage Bentley. These items not only add to costs, but also lead to couples often missing the important part of what they are doing, which is vowing to be you’re your special someone forever.

And forever is a long time, especially if you put more thought into your shoes than your spouse!

The Ghosts of Social Media Past

Social media has a daily effect on our lives
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I don’t tweet. Friends have said I should open a Twitter account but I have remained inanimate on the matter. Twitter registers very low on my list of priorities and while I get that one can actually catch the attention of a celebrity or someone in power, it remains an unappealing endeavour. I regard social media as a blessing and a curse. I like that we’re more connected but I dislike the fact that we actually care less. Social media has made us regard one another in a lesser light and this is because it’s made our social lives easier and the minute something gets easy, we undermine it. Look at the birthday card; once a staple of celebration and admitting that you had a genuine care for a friend, family member or colleague. Facebook has all but obliterated this once thriving industry and while everyone says something on your wall, not many really mean it. We’re sacrificing a lot in the name of the net and social media, and as it appears of late, not just our interpersonal qualities, but our livelihoods too.

Is Facebook Listening To Me?

Online Vigilance

I’m not sure that we’re fully comprehending the extent of our online actions. Our online footprints, while meant to create a digital map of what we like so that corporations can sell us things, can also be used for surveillance.  Instagram has the right to make money from the photos you post on it without giving you a cent. The net has given us a power to wield and at the risk of sounding cheesy, with great power comes great responsibility.

In the light of the recent James Gunn incident, nothing screams online vigilance more than what has befallen this Hollywood director. Roughly 10 years ago Mr Gunn, in what appears an attempt of provocation, made some really unsavoury tweets. For those of you not in the know, James Gunn is most notable for his work with Marvel Studios and the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. Gunn was also known for his anti- Trump stance, something which has now cost him his job. Disney owns Marvel and once they got wind of these old tweet, uncovered by a staunch Trump supporter, he was fired.

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I’ve read the tweets and they are atrocious, but here’s the thing, why didn’t this information bug Disney beforehand? Only once unearthed, did the giant studio step in; the very same studio that employed Johnny Depp in light of his domestic abuse allegations by his ex-wife, Amber Heard.  Gunn apologised years ago for those tasteless tweets and why should we not believe in the capacity of a human being to grow, evolve and change for the better within a span of 10 years. Should no one be given a second chance? I’m not here to defend Gunn. His tweets really are off-side and one can see why Disney’s actions were swift, but the complexity of the situation begs for revision.

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Your Online Past & Your Future

James Gunn is but one example of being retroactively punished. Is punishment way after the fact applicable, especially when the person hasn’t physically done anything to anyone, and in addition has apologised? I think that what’s important to take home from all of this is that as an online user, you need to watch your step, especially in light of what you say, because once it’s out there, its digitally entrenched and if someone doesn’t like you, he or she can dig up that dirt, use it out of context to accentuate its already questionable attributes and this my dear readers can cost you your job, your livelihood and your reputation.  So take care of yourself in the digital space and if you can’t think of anything good to put there, then best you keep it to yourself and then work on yourself.

Past and present social media
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