A wedding ceremony’s primary function is for the bride and groom to make vows to each other. These vows, if kept, should be the basis of a long and secure marriage. The event itself has more purposes which vary in different cultures. One is to celebrate the marriage and it usually lasts for a day. Another purpose is to showcase the bride. The more she spends, the better she is going to appear to the guests and the groom. And every woman wants something special on her dream day. So it comes as no surprise that the costs for weddings can be quite ridiculous these days.
According to costofwedding.com, the average wedding cost in the United States is $26,720. Couples, on average, spend between $20,040 and $33,400 but, most couples spend less than $10,000. This does not include costs for a honeymoon. Most of it is spent on venues, photography, flowers, cake, catering, rings and the bride’s wedding dress.
The wedding dress is often thought of as the focal point of the entire event. Women feel a lot of pressure to find the gown of their dreams and in some cases can’t pick one out for months. The choice of material, length, skirt type, sleeves etc. are only some of the decisions you have to make when looking for the perfect wedding dress.
One bride avoided all the stress and came up with a sentimental and heartwarming solution for her wedding day garb.
Jordyn Jensen of Boise, Idaho, decided to wear the same wedding dress her grandmother Penny Jensen wore on her own wedding day 55 years ago in 1962.
Jordyn wanted to surprise her grandmother, so she didn’t reveal her plan until the rehearsal dinner, when, along with the wedding photographer, they treated Gradmother Jensen to a photoshoot with the dress.
“I didn’t want her to see [the dress] for the first time walking down the aisle and just start sobbing and [have] all those memories come back to her” Jordyn said.
The photographer commented on the moment for the Huffington Post;
“The grandmother had no idea the bride even had her dress in her possession. Jordyn and I stepped out [of the rehearsal dinner] and got her all ready and into the dress.
“We got her grandmother to step outside and we showed her the old photo of her in the dress that was going to be displayed at the wedding.”
Bride Jordyn told Inside Edition;
“I kind of blacked out for a second because it was such an emotional rollercoaster. All I heard her saying in the back was, ‘Wow, wow, wow.’ I finally went up and hugged her and she whispered in my ear, ‘I married my high school sweetheart in this dress and so will you.’”
Penny Jensen’s husband died before her niece Jordyn was born.