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Blissfully bling-free weddings

It’s more fun going to weddings these days.

Sure, it was always supposed to be fun, but the big, lavish, formal weddings that were once requisite, often seemed tedious for a lot of the guests.


Everyone attending was dressed in their Sunday-most-uncomfortable-best clothes and shoes, sitting through the long church service pondering on whether their feet had grown fatter or their shoes had shrunk.

Then there was a needlessly long break until the meal and music started, leaving people wandering aimlessly or deciding whether to dash out to a McDonalds to get something to hold them over.

The dinners could often be a marathon of long, gushing speeches about the bride and groom by everyone in the wedding party, parents and random aunts and uncles who were already liquored up enough to grab the mic. There were often “wedding favors” on the tables for guests to take home. Some froufrou knickknack people weren’t sure what they’d do with.

Then, only after the heavy meal was finally served and finished, could people begin to relax and visit with some music playing.

A lot of the weddings today are a more relaxed, less formal and more pleasant affair for everyone involved.

Not to mention cheaper. Pared-down food service, a DJ and fewer lavish flowers and decor can save the couple and their parents serious cash.

We all hear news stories of the average cost of a wedding now closing in on $36,000. That’s never been the case for most Minnesotans who have always been pained by extravagant spending. Now with slimmed down weddings, most Minnesota nuptials are coming in at $10,000 to $15,000.

(If your beloved wants to blow a stack of money on your wedding and you don’t, here’s a piece of information you can throw at them. According to TheKnot.com‘s survey and a university survey, couples who spend more than $20,000 on their wedding were nearly four times more likely to eventually get divorced than those who spent less.)

The latest wedding trend includes going rustic. Mason jars holding wild grasses, mismatched dinnerware and old planks placed over wooden barrels are common.

It not only saves a ton of money but feels very comfortable, especially for those of us who always believed a cattle watering tank and an old wood chicken cage make perfectly fine furniture.

We went to my niece’s wedding recently. It was at a quaint barn outside of Blakeley, with the ceremony held outside in a cleared space amid a canopy of trees on the side of a bluff.

It was idyllic. Katie was lovely, Jeff at ease. Steve Kosberg, the semi-retired pastor from Hosanna, did the honors. He’s a master of officiating who has done hopeful, spiritual, humorous ceremonies for the many couples he has married, including me and my wife Rose.

The party immediately followed in the barn, with guests enjoying a line of hors d’oeuvre, drinks and a DJ.

It was just right.

Tim Krohn can be contacted at tkrohn@mankatofreepress.com or 344-6383.

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