Local radio talk-show host Pat White solicited on-air complaints about the problem of expensive weddings, the problem of having kids there eating food better appreciated by adults, the problem of kids making noise and ruining those precious wedding videos, etc.
First, if background noises ruined your wedding video, that just means you were too poor or cheap to pay for proper audio recording equipment.
But beyond that, Mr. White seems to think he is defending decency and conservative values by complaining about extravagant weddings. But instead he is defending the boring, pragmatic, modern idea of drinking in joy through pursed lips and complaining about the taste.
Weddings are supposed to be celebratory feasts. But nowadays, those paying for the feast believe they have a duty to complain about the expense as the guests mingle guiltily around the tables.
If and when my daughters get married, may God grant me not just the financial ability to really lay out the food, but also to do it with great joy.