Why Are Weddings So Expensive?

According to the news, the average wedding now costs $35,329! Why so expensive?

Wedding planner Brynn Swanson of First Look Events says it’s a trend she’s seeing first hand.

“I think people realize that it’s one day and they want to create an experience that is totally them,” Swanson says.

There were velvet menus for a wedding she recently planned where guests had personalized macaroons and blankets, and an interactive nine-course meal.

“We actually had the chef come out and introduce all of the nine courses,” Swanson says. “And every course had his own spin. So the soup course was poured table side. The duck course was encapsulated in a jar and when the guest opened the jar, smoke actually came out.”

The wedding cake was even hung from the chandelier.

But the guest list? Only 42, reflecting another trend. The study found the average number of wedding guests is going down.

And that’s how you get a wedding that casts as much as a brand new car.


Wedding Reception Becomes Party For Needy Kids

It’s every bride’s nightmare, having to cancel your wedding day at the last minute. When New York bride-to-be Yiru Sun got into a disagreement about a pre-nuptial contract, the wedding was called off.

Her high class affair was still paid for, so she just turned it int a fancy party for some of NYC’s needy children. We think that’s pretty great.

Dozens of families filled the Harold Pratt House on Park Avenue on the Upper East Side Saturday for a special luncheon hosted by Yiru Sun.

“It looks really nice and it’s actually fun to be here,” 9-year-old Imani said.

“I feel special,” 6-year-old Michaela said.

But for Sun, Saturday was supposed to be her special day. She was supposed to get married.

“I all of a sudden thought about maybe I could just convert it to a lunch party for kids,” Sun said.

With help from the Salvation Army and Inwood House, Sun organized a pre-Mother’s Day lunch for people who many not have ever experienced a fancy reception.

“Although I cannot be the princess of my wedding day, all these kids they can have the princess or prince feeling today and I felt very happy about that,” Sun said.

CBS New York


A Wet Wedding in Napa

We’re currently getting so much rain in Napa Valley that some areas are flooding. But according to the Napa Valley Register, that isn’t spoiling the big day for Mariah Galista and Samuel Valle.

Just a short walk away, newlyweds Samuel and Mariah Valle and their wedding party were posing for photos underneath a bridge near the Napa Valley Wine Train depot at the Oxbow Commons. The entire bridal party was planning on being out there taking photos for about two hours, said Maid of Honor Devin Gelista, 19.

“We love our sister and my new brother, so we’re sucking it up,” she said while holding one of the groomsman’s blazers over her shoulders for warmth. They knew the weekend was going to be a wet one.

“We knew and we just said ‘The show will go on,’” Gelista said.

The newlyweds had their ceremony at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church earlier that day.

We wish them all the happiness in the world.

Mariah and Samuel on a dryer day.