…I’ve since learned that planning a truly simple wedding has become practically impossible, unless couples elope or really buck all traditions. Recklessly extravagant weddings have become a cultural expectation. And brides who succumb to the intense pressure to Go Bigger can easily find themselves focused more on planning a wedding than preparing for a marriage.
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It is possible, easily possible, in the Orthodox Christian context, to have a beautiful and simple wedding. In fact one of the great blessings of Orthodox Christian Faith is that such things, guided by centuries of wisdom and practice, actually are simpler and more beautiful than having to create an “experience” from scratch.