New Weimerica Weekly up at Social Matter. This one is on what weddings have become. I say pageants because they have blown completely out of proportion to what weddings were and in an era when marriage is declining.
The most ridiculous wedding pageant story I ever heard was a wedding where the couple tried to get everything from those 100K price-tag wedding but on a 15K budget. They had a chocolate fountain that someone made themselves. They had 10 attendants and took pictures the day before at the rehearsal in full gear so they would only have to take photos for an hour on the actual wedding day. They used a college student for the photography. They had an ice sculpture by a friend who did it as a hobby but he dropped it off early and it was partially melted by the time they got to the reception with photos. They ran out of champagne by the meal time. It was a mess, but it was HER SPECIAL DAY.