It's that time of year again. Every year, Filene's Basement in New York City holds its 'Running of the Brides' sale. Hundreds of eager women line up with friends and family for a chance to storm the bargain department store for their dream dress. With sizes ranging from 2 to 26, there's a good chance a bride-to-be can walk away with a $10,000 Vera Wang for the bargain price of $300.
Sounds like a dream opportunity, right? Wrong. The annual event portrays the worst in women, and the media coverage just indulges the idea that engaged women are a little, well, crazy. Hair-pulling, dress-ripping, and shouting matches routinely ensue and the whole event just makes us feel dirty.
We're sure that many people view this event as a time-honored tradition—as sure a sign that Spring is on its way as the first flowers that bloom in a garden. Still, we can't shake the feeling that the whole event is just another in a long line of of events that are cheapening the idea of marriage.
WEtv might be credited with starting the trend thanks to its mega-successful Bridezilla series. We admit that there is pleasure in watching the abhorrent behavior of its subjects, especially if you had the displeasure of being a bridesmaid or family member to someone who went insane during her wedding planning. The success of Bridezilla has spawned a cottage industry of nightmarish film and tv shows that continue to cheapen a beautiful and sacred commitment. (The recent "comedy" Bride Wars, starring Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway, comes to mind).
So we're sending a call out to all the engaged women in America. It's time to take back your weddings from all this insanity. A designer dress and the perfect table linens won't go very far when it comes to having a happy and healthy marriage. Spending so much time and money on crafting the perfect day can lead to post-wedding blues that will ultimately affect your relationship. If marriage is really about finding the one you want to spend the rest of your life with, then you'll be able to do it with an ice-cream cake and a ceremony at city hall. There's a lifetime of memories waiting for you after the big day, and you won't have to duke it out with anyone to enjoy them.
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