Does the Watchtower frown upon JWs and wedding parties and receptions?
My reason for asking is my JW brother is having a small wedding at a local restaurant in July. He is not having a bridal party, no flowers, no reception, and no children allowed. Basically just a small ceremony and a dinner. While I respect his decision, I've also had other JW cousins who've been married in the past several years with similar weddings... extremely small, no children allowed, low-key or no receptions...
Was there a change in how the Watchtower views wedding ceremonies and receptions? Before I faded away back in 1995, my wedding was at a local park with over 200 people in attendance, dinner, reception, DJ... a fairly traditional wedding with cause for celebration. But it almost seems like the JWs don't want this any longer. I wasn't sure if my family was doing this by choice or if that's what they teach now.