The sense of entitlement in Millennials nowadays has gone as far as expecting strangers to pay for them to have extravagant weddings.
The Clintons didn’t have any problem with strangers paying for Chelsea’s wedding. It was revealed in a Wikileaks email that money from the “charitable’ Clinton foundation was used to fund the wedding.
What more could you expect from millennials who worship at the feet of Hillary?
Thousands of couples today are looking to friends and family – and, really, anyone – to help them afford to tie the knot. Campaigns on GoFundMe have likely raised millions of dollars for wedding-related funds, according to a recent report by the BBC. Many of the wedding-related campaigns on GoFundMe are related to emergencies, like a couple racing to the aisle after a cancer diagnosis and another whose destination wedding funds were stolen by a scamming travel company.
However, a number of funds are simply because they can’t afford their own reception, a practice increasingly frowned upon by wedding-goers who are already shelling out hundreds of dollars for travel and gifts to attend the average ceremony.
GoFundMe encourages users to “get help offsetting some of the costs by reaching out to your friends and family for support.” One young couple, Robert and Dakota, is asking for $3,000 to make their wedding day “as special and beautiful as the day we met.” Thus far, they’ve raised $125.
Another religious couple with a large YouTube following raised more than $15,000 for their wedding. “If the Lord leads you to support them in raising money for their wedding, please visit their fundraising site and donate what you can,” they wrote. Another says, simply, “I need money for my wedding.” He gave no back story or reason. So far he has raised $25 of his $5,000 goal. GoFundMe’s terms and conditions say it cannot verify or guarantee donations will be used for the purpose advertised on a fund.
Elaine Swann, an etiquette expert based in Los Angeles, said couples who cannot afford the ceremony or reception they want should downsize — not ask for donations. “It’s very gauche,” she said. “It’s part of an entitlement phenomenon in this country. You are not entitled to have people fund your wedding. The only people who should be funding your wedding, if at all, are parents, grandparents, or the bride and groom themselves.”
The average wedding in the U.S. costs upwards of $26,000, according to the Wedding Report, but many couples spend far less than that. Swann has regularly helped couples plan “budget weddings” under $2,000. Others avoid the big ceremony and reception and speeches and simply elope. Catey Hill, a reporter for Moneyish who got married in a $20 dress at a tiny wedding chapel in Reno, Nevada, used the money she would have spent on her wedding as a down payment on an apartment in Brooklyn, N.Y. She described it as “the best financial decision I ever made.” –New York Post