I'm a 21-year-old college student. The only wedding I've ever attended was over 10 years ago, when a close family friend who happened to be my kindergarten teacher got married in Canada. So I've thankfully never had wedding burnout.
Ah, wedding burnout. The exhaustion you feel after attending far too many weddings in too little time
. Generally, this happens in one's late 20s or early 30s, as those around you start maturing and taking the natural next step in their relationships. Recently, however, there has been an ageless increase in weddings - those of gays and lesbians.
While gay marriage is sill against the law in much of the country, it has been legalized in several states in the past few years. So many couples have jumped at the chance - perhaps a few too many?
So laments Brooks Barnes, gay man and too-frequent wedding guest in his July 22nd New York Times article "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do...
Barnes, of course, recognizes that these are joyous occasions, but he's a little tired of the whole affair. Personally, I think he's being a little ridiculous. Is it really that hard to just say no?
Now, I know that it can be quite difficult to say no to a wedding, depending on the nature of your relationship. And yes, I'd probably be offended if you didn't attend my wedding just because you were sick of weddings. But I think that it should be fairly easy to avoid wedding burnout, as long as you were reasonably selective about which ones you attended.
But, as previously mentioned, I've never experienced wedding burnout. So I really wouldn't know. Have you ever experienced wedding burnout? How should one avoid it? What do you think of Barnes' article?