Parent Resource

Wedding Dresses and Private Schools

by Avery Lawrence, Hipster EduBlogger

What’s got some DC area families so down this spring? Maybe it is the April showers or the high pollen count for some. For others is a bit of buyers remorse to the tune of +/- $30,000.

What did they remorsefully purchase for thirty large? A brand new 2017 Nissan PathfinderA dream wedding?? Nope, it’s private school buyers remorse!

Now the last car I bought was in 2011 and it was less than 30K. I don’t plan on purchasing a new one for 3-4 more years unless I have to. I’m not married yet (….Tim!!!), but most of us ladies only want to do it once. So it better be the best wedding ever… or the right color Pathfinder. In fact, a friend just had a wedding and she LOVED her dress from the first time she saw it up to the final fitting. Then she was looking through a catalog and found a dress she loved EVEN MORE…2 weeks after her wedding on the way home from her honeymoon. After that she was obsessed with buying that dress and redoing her wedding photos. Talk about buyers remorse!*


I’m hearing the same from friends and neighbors who recently committed to the private school lifestyle. But during the courting admission process they liked and followed all of the schools on social media to which they were applying. For some, choosing the schools they accepted was a tough decision. For others, not so tough. But now they see amazing things happening at those schools that are flowing through their social feeds: New buildings being erected. New programs being installed. Eye-catching videos. Kids laughing and learning. Sports teams winning championships. Etcetera.

Ugh!!! Did we choose the right school?

Yes, in most cases you chose the right school. When you are dating 4 men (maybe even all at once ;)) and then finally settle down with THE ONE of course those other guys start to look better (especially when they grow a manbun and manageable beard…just my thing…are you listening, Tim!?!).

In conclusion, be happy that you can afford private school and stop looking at Ex’s (schools that declined your kid and ones you declined) online!!

*She didn’t end up buying the dress, but it took a lot to convince her it was a bad idea.