Everybody knows it's true: Weddings (most of them, anyway) are expensive. Really, really expensive. But what if someone told you that you could have a dream ceremony and reception with all the trimmings for a VERY deep discount?
You can, if you feel like jumping on the bandwagon of the newest trend: lavish group weddings.
Launched by PopBliss, a luxury wedding planning business, the new "pop-up" group weddings are held for up to ten couples at a time and include "all the frills" a bride and groom could want, for the price of $5,000 per couple. While still far from cheap, that's a big price break compared to the average total cost of a wedding in the U.S. in 2014: $31,262.
Included in a PopBliss group wedding is a "glam suite" with makeup and hair stylists, brunches for the bride and groom, a welcome party the night before the wedding, plus the actual wedding and luxury reception. While brides walk down the aisle one by one and vows are recited one couple at a time, the rest of the ceremony happens simultaneously, with all couples lined up at the front of the room together.
Think it sounds unromantic? Perhaps it's just the opposite.
"We collaborate with local vendors to really create something gorgeous, unique, and special," Racquel Kristi, founder of PopBliss, told TODAY.com. "We see people from all walks of life, but mostly those who are interested in celebrating their love without the stress of the planning, while still reaping the benefits of a wedding that's been beautifully thought about," Kristi said. "That's a beautiful thing."
The company is currently planning its first group wedding in New York City in March 2016--an event for which 10 couples will be selected from online applicants--with plans to spread beyond to other states soon.
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