It's no secret that decadent wedding celebrations have become more mainstream, with the average special day ringing in at an utterly ridiculous $32,000. Of course, it doesn’t help that TV shows like Say Yes to the Dress and My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding seek to normalize this garish behavior.
Still, none of this justifies a horrific new trend: people applying fundraising tools to their wedding days. Yup, apparently, this is a thing now; and a growing segment of almost-married couples are logging into sites like Crowdrise, Indiegogo, GoFundMe, and even the appropriately named Crowded Wedding and Honeyfund to ask strangers, comrades, and friends on Facebook they haven't seen in 20 years to donate money that will help pay for their dream weddings.
Search through these sites and you'll find THOUSANDS (!) of entries for wedding and honeymoon fundraising. I can't say I'm entirely surprised by this wedding “trend” -- but I can tell you it makes my blood boil. Here's why.
Potatoes versus polar bears
The internet makes it so easy to do it all -- including crowd-funding for anything under the sun -- and society today tends to bask in novel, self-serving things. I kid you not that in 2014, a man propelled a Kickstarter to raise $10 for making a bowl of potato salad -- his campaign went viral, granting him $55,000 to throw a party with more than 3,000lbs of potatoes. You can’t make this stuff up.