by Heidi Craig
I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older, or that an usually high percentage of my friends are involved in citizenship scams; whatever the reason, it seems every time I turn around someone else is getting hitched. I’ve seen my fair share of nuptials, and let me tell you, a lot has changed since the weddings of yore. Cupcake pyramids are replacing huge tiered cakes. Flirty white frocks you can wear again are prefered over giant poufball single-wear dresses. Catered is out, potluck is in. And why spend thousands on a live band (or lazy DJ) when a pre-programmed Ipod will do the trick? When it comes to weddings, cheap and cheerful is definitely the way to go, even if M&D are footing the bill.
One place you don’t want to skimp, though, is on the photographer. A friend once forwent a professional photog, thinking that it’d be “cute” to have the guests document the event on disposal cameras handed out beforehand. She ended up with shots that were blurry, too dark, too bright, or pictures dominated by errant fingers and penises (free cameras + open bar = penis pictutres). In short, nothing usable. I think they got a divorce.
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