Think of a wedding. You most likely pictured a bride and groom, not a bribe and gloom. A wedding is meant to celebrate life and love; yet, it has become a glamorized excuse to demonstrate socioeconomic superiority . The popular “keeping up with the Jones’” mentality gives one insecurity in the driver’s seat when it comes to decision-making, creating a ripple effect of consequences. The exploding wedding industry strategically markets this simple occasion, presenting many “luxuries” as “needs” while pocketing $72 billion of your life savings annually.