I must address you personally about an issue so abhorrent, so outrageous, that I can hardly bring myself to even discuss the subject.
I refer to the cable television show "Say Yes to the Dress". (1) Here, corrupting our youth with visions of wedding dresses STARTING at $6K (2) and heading northwards above, "**gasp**" $20K!! I implore you (and as a father of several young ladies ranging in age from the late-teens to the mid-20s) to DEMAND a stop to this insanity (or what I jokingly refer to as "wedding porn") (3).
As an alternative I have suggested to my young, female offspring "Well, heck, why don't you just get a wedding dress from the Sears Catalog like they did back in the 70s? After all they only cost, oh say, 50 dollars!" (disgusted eye-rolls quickly follow that suggestion).
So I implore you, dear readers, to join me in this quest to end wedding dress insanity! After all, there are practical considerations also. Think of what a young couple could do with all that extra money (or think of the new pickup truck dear ole dad could buy!)
(1) For those of you that don't follow such things. "Say Yes to the Dress" is one of these quasi-reality shows that follows all the ups and downs of brides-to-be picking out their wedding dress at a high end dress store. It's on TLC. Often is the time when I come home from work to find all the women of my household huddled around the TV watching this with rapt attention - the horror, the horror......
(2) On the show, a common theme is that the bride-to-be finds the perfect dress, but, alas, it's WAY over the preset family budget. You can just see the disappointment on her face as her family attempts to convince her to settle for the dress of a mere $6K when her heart is set on the $15K version. Naturally, after some tear-filled-drama, mom twists dad's arm and little princess gets her wish. I think I'm feeling sick just thinking about it.
(4) I have even joked about putting parental controls on that station to have it blocked.
(3) So What's the Big Deal was a common theme in the hey day of Aldens catalogs, so I had to work that in.