When one wedding dress isn’t enough

I’m always amazed how much couples (or their parents) spend on their wedding. Not only do they shell outWedding_dress
thousands for food and drink, they also pay for dresses, flowers, favors, photographers, musicians, comedians, and, in some cases, Bill Clinton. Getting married these days is almost as costly as getting divorced. And the costs keep rising, not just because of inflation, but also because of people like Katie Holmes, who wore TWO dresses when she wed Tom Cruise. No, not at the same time.

Christi Vagnozzi, senior editor at The Knot, a
wedding magazine and Web site, says celebrities influence bridal
trends. She points to Toledo-born actress Katie Holmes, punk-pop singer
Avril Lavigne, and crooner Christina Aguilera, all of whom wore two
dresses at their weddings. Ms. Holmes, wed to actor Tom Cruise, went
with two Armani designs.

So what’s happening now? Ordinary women are feeling compelled to follow suit, apparently saying to themselves, "What a great idea! Five years from now, I’ll have TWO dresses I can’t fit into."

Tiffany Brazeau would like two dresses for her
September, 2008, wedding. She wants one to be strapless, fitted, and a
blush-pink shade.

“I go on The Knot [message board] all the
time and a lot of girls talk about it,” says Ms. Brazeau, a manager at
Atlas Bridal Shop. “I think I’m going to do something more fitted,
along the lines of the mermaid style. I’m waiting to go to Las Vegas
[to a bridal show] to see what’s coming up.”

But why stop at two dresses? Why not have three or four? One for the wedding, one for the reception, one for the limo ride, and one for the groom in the hotel room. (If he’s the cross-dressing type.)

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