Kim Kardashian is well on the way to yet another "fairytale wedding, according to a CBS News report yesterday. Kim and Kanye West will exchange vows in Florence, Italy, this Saturday at a 16th century fort called Belvedere. Forty people have been working for a week to get things ready, and 250 people are expected to be in attendance. A flashy French wedding is the last thing that might have been expected so soon after her televised "Fairytale Wedding" to Kris Humphries in 2011, which only lasted 72 days, by the way.
Kardashian has already had one baby by Kanye West, North West. While having children outside of marriage is certainly no new occurrence, just a few years ago, it would have been something that a couple would not have wanted to advertise with a big, elaborate wedding. There was a stigma attached to having children “out of wedlock” at one time in the not-so-distant past.
Jessica Simpson and her latest husband-to-be, football player Eric Johnson, are planning their nuptials, too. They already have two children together who were born without the official stamp of a marriage. She was previously married to Nick Lachey, and they had a reality show about their marriage. So, when Simpson let it be known that she will be having a big affair for her wedding, it seemed a bit tacky. NYDaily News has her comment:
"It'll definitely be extravagant," she confessed without further detail. "I don't do things small."
At least, she says she won’t be wearing white, but the whole thing seems to be doing everything backwards. Weddings are nothing more important than proms or Sweet Sixteen parties anymore, it seems. Having children is somewhat akin to adopting a pet from the pet shelter.
Times have changed, and what is acceptable and not acceptable has changed, too. Anyone has a right to celebrate their marriage in whatever way they deem necessary, but there are still some things that just seem to be done in incredibly poor taste. These mega-weddings, complete with children already born, just seem a bit tacky to those of us reporting from the alternate universe of the “Old School.”