Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are finally married. The anticipation thrilled some, and the seemingly endless hype and hoopla about it tortured others, but now their little compass direction offspring can possibly look forward to more siblings with the same last name.
How does this uber-reported wedding compare to how we normal people do things? Let me count the ways…
Granted, there are some spectacular proposals out there, including this proposal by Jack Hyer, a University of Montana college student, which took him four whole years of planning! Kanye would have to pull something pretty spectacular to beat that.
Does having a baseball stadium all to himself and his select few invitees count as spectacular enough? (Because a living room or quiet restaurant is so…small.) What about the fireworks display? (Because a few romantic candles is too simple.) Or maybe a 50-piece orchestra? (Because 45 is too few, and 55 is too many!)
Every wedding involves wedding-related events and this one was no different. The fact that private security, costly hotels, a carousel ride beneath the Eiffel Tower, fancy meals, and expensive shopping were staples of those events should come as a shock to nobody. However, the rest of us would probably have cut out the carousel ride.
There is no “average” cost of a wedding, but typical Americans can spend anywhere from $10,000 – $30,000 and up, depending on their preferences and budgets. Even though Kimye included most traditional aspects of a wedding – an Italian location, rare flowers, a Givenchy wedding gown, fabulous food created by top Florence chefs, and favors for guests reportedly involving Bollinger champagne and Swarovski crystals (you know, “traditional”) – they forked over an estimated several million dollars to cover their gala. Yes, that is “million” with an “m”…and an “illion.”
The jury is still out on this one. We will have to watch (which will be easy to do because their lives are documented ad nauseum and plastered on media screens everywhere) to see if worldwide publicity and bazillions of dollars can help wedded bliss survive regular, daily life stressors like raising children, because kids don’t care how much money you make or how many people download your sex tape when they want sugar cereal for breakfast and there’s none in the cupboard.