Here's a pleasant trend I didn't know about from the NY Times:
According to a Brides magazine survey of about 1,000 engaged women conducted this summer and released Monday, more than half of the respondents said they would take money from their parents in lieu of contributions to the [wedding].
Wow! Really? More than half would take the money instead of the wedding? That's pretty cool IMO.
The piece goes on to list ways to save on weddings with the best bang-for-your-buck ideas being the following:
- Schedule your wedding during the off season.
- During the high season, plan your event for a Friday or Sunday.
- Trim the guest list.
- Reserve a site that’s fully furnished, like a hotel or restaurant.
- Choose local, seasonal blooms instead of those requiring shipment.
Maybe this recession will have a lasting impact after all. If people are rethinking their wedding plans, what's next -- giving up cell phones or cable? ;-)
To be fair, this is the first year that the magazine asked the question, so maybe there's been no shift in thinking at all. Maybe couples have always preferred to take the cash over the wedding. Who knew?