They fell in love, the partner popped the question, and the woman said, "Yes." Now it's time for the really hard part: the wedding. UNLV professor Erika Engstrom says with reality shows like "Say Yes to the Dress" and "Bridezillas" focusing on the sparkle of the dress and color-coordinating bridesmaids, future brides lose sight of the real reason they're getting married: love.
Do today's media portrayals of the "ideal wedding" affect how modern brides make their choices? Should we spend $25,000 on a dress? Or should there be no limits for a bride's perfect day? And do reality shows reveal what happens in real weddings? Bridal experts weigh in. Share your wedding story: are you willing to pay any price for the perfect wedding? Do you pay attention to bridal shows or magazines when it comes time to planning your big day? Did you cash out your retirement fund, plan on a shoestring budget, or just elope? Let us know!
Erika Engstrom, Prof of Communications, UNLV and author