NOT the bride and groom in question. Photo credit: Ed Coyle.
“I’m not opening a charity… If you really only want to give me a HK$500 [US$65] cash gift, then don’t bother coming to my wedding” reads a widely shared post by a Hong Kong bride-to-be on Facebook, who now faces the prospect of 1,000 angry netizens showing up to protest her wedding.
Social-media users raced to compile details about the bride’s identity with crowdsourced knowledge based on photos found online, including images of her friends and fiancé. By Tuesday, nearly 1,000 people said they were planning to attend a wedding-day protest, organized via Facebook, at the hotel where she’s getting married. The hotel confirmed that the woman in question has booked a wedding there, and said that they were prepared to make sure the event would still go on smoothly.
The Hong Kong Commercial Daily pointed out in an editorial (CN) that while this ‘bridezilla’ doesn’t seem like someone you’d want to be friends with, that’s no reason to try and ruin her wedding:
Even if the bride-to-be’s statements weren’t proper, it doesn’t mean that netizens can continue to do a human flesh search indefinitely. From a moral and legal standpoint, she hasn’t committed a crime.
Hong Kong couples spent an average of HK$267,000 on their weddings last year, an increase of 9.5%, according to industry analysts ESDlife.
Sarah So, a Hong Kong local who got married four years ago at amusement park Ocean Park, said the cost of the wedding, including her dress and the photographer, came to HK$200,000—four times what the couple ultimately received from guests. She and her new husband covered the difference.
Even low-key weddings tend to be a huge waste of money (as prices rise the moment you say ‘wedding’), but if you and your husband are willing to spend HK$150,000+ on a party, then you probably don’t deserve that money in the first place.
As Dr Phil told a woman who was dreaming of an extravagant ceremony, “I’ve always dreamed of playing in the NBA. That doesn’t mean I get to suit up and play.”