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Would Having an Extravagant/Expensive Wedding Deter You From Calling It Quits?

Another celebrity couple has called it quits, and yet again, I have to say I'm not all that surprised. Star Jones, who married Al Reynolds back in 2004, made her wedding more of a celebrity circus than a day to celebrate their love. She had numerous wedding sponsors and she made it very clear that she wanted her wedding to be one of the biggest parties of the year but as we all know, it's more about the marriage than the wedding. So what happens when you have a larger-than-life dream wedding only to have the marriage dissolve? Does it add even more pressure and angst to your decision to separate? Would you feel embarrassed or guilty that you placed so much emphasis on it? Ladies, what I'm asking is, would you have second thoughts about ending your unhappy marriage if you had a big, extravagant, over-the-top wedding?

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Zulkey Zulkey 9 years
to meike: Well, i don't think 200 people is necessarily that many. My fiance and I have 50 friends between the two of us (and they all bring guests) and then so do our parents. I thought our wedding was fairly average...but maybe it is extravagant and I didn't realize it!
rimberry rimberry 9 years
If i was in a unhappy marriage I would end it not matter what the cost. Being happy means more to me than money.
Meike Meike 9 years
Nowadays, it does seem to be all about the extravagant weddings with some 200 or so guests. I mean...does any one individual really have 100+ close friends and family especially those of us who haven't lived past the age of 30? Is it really necessary to show off in front of guests, some of them a bride or groom won't even get to touch bases with or some of them they don't even know? No, I don't think having a large wedding is an indicator of a successful future marriage. I also don't believe any wedding, regardless of the price tag, would deter anyone from calling it quits. Everyone of all income levels get a divorce. Bridezilla weddings, impulsive, rushed weddings, weddings for the sake of convenience, weddings to just 'settle' with whoever - these weddings are usually indicative of failure.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
It would make me work a little harder before calling it quits but it wouldn't make me stop if it needed to be done.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
sarah_bellum sarah_bellum 9 years
Well, I think there might be a little truth to the assertion. Generally it's a certain personality type that is the bridezilla "Everyone look at me, my wedding MUST be perfect, I need to impress everyone and upstage my cousin, etc." I'm not saying all brides that have a huge wedding have that mindset, but quite a few seem to have something to prove. Those people don't seem the type that would make good long-term partners.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 9 years
I've no doubt that some make it all about the wedding instead of all about the marriage.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
I don't think it matters either. I knew a couple who had an extravagent wedding, and they're heading towards a divorce. I know people who had modest weddings (or no weddings), and they're still going strong.
Sydney-C Sydney-C 9 years
Big wedding, small wedding...I really don't think it matters.
almost-famous almost-famous 9 years
I don't this she jinxed her marriage at all! I just believe she thought it was real love, that's why she hyped it up so much! This is the prime example why I'd personally, wait a hella of a long time before getting married. There are some jerks out there that portray an image that they're not! I used to want a big wedding myself,however I really don't know that many people. Unless, my "potential" hubby knows a lot of people. Then, it'll be a big wedding.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
I don't think it matters.
Zulkey Zulkey 9 years
It wasn't the cost of Star's wedding (although tacky is as tacky does) that bugged me but that she controlled her guests--I hate it when brides try to dictate what their guests do/think/say beyond the measures of regular etiquette. So it's hard to feel very sorry for her.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
i don't think so. i have 2 friends that had HUGE weddings (one had 2 dresses and 2 bands) and they both got divorced w/ a year. i would be too embarassed to get divorced. god, maybe it's just me but even if i had to sleep in the garage i couldn't be married less than a year. it seems that the more demanding the bride (and to some extent the groom) the shorter the marriage. with the exception of spur of the moment elopments that seems to be the rule.
mandy_frost mandy_frost 9 years
I think there would be pressure if you spent a lot on your marriage to stay together if you couldn't afford the wedding. Otherwise, I don't think it would affect it.
SugarKim4203 SugarKim4203 9 years
I don't think the cost of a wedding has anything to do with the success of a marriage. My parents wore second hand clothes at their church basement wedding and have been married 30+ years.
runningesq runningesq 9 years
In reality, the cost of the wedding doesn't have anything to do with filing for divorce. Celebrities with $10 mil weddings divorce often -- and so do people with $30,000 weddings -- and so do people who go to the courthouse to get married. What I think is HILARIOUS is that Star Jones, money and attention whore extraodinare, who (I think) had companies SPONSER her wedding ... now requests privacy. Of course!
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