Unrealistic expectations spell trouble for modern marriages
When my parents married in 1958 they got married in the morning, had a lunch-time wedding reception for a few dozen people and were gone by mid-afternoon. My mother didn't wear a wedding dress. Instead, she wore a white suit consisting of a skirt and jacket. Apparently, it was common back then not to wear a wedding dress on your wedding day.
Even if you translate what they paid for their wedding into today's money, it must have been a fraction of what is forked out nowadays.
The Irish Independent has been running a series of articles about marriage in Ireland today, which estimates that the average Irish couple now spends a little over €20,000 on their big day.