Financial follies of 'Downton Abbey'

Blowing the budget

Speaking of weddings, having one final, expensive hurrah isn't the ideal way to deal with impending bankruptcy.

Hosting two lavish affairs — the weddings of Mary and Edith Crawley — definitely demonstrates poor financial judgment.

(Not to mention that Edith's wedding reception wasn't even enjoyed but had to be hurriedly cleaned up before she arrived home from the church. Alone.)

No one, including the Crawleys, should spend money they don’t have on a wedding. Accumulating more debt isn’t the way to face serious money troubles. Doing so for what’s essentially a party is just plain dumb.

Plus, weddings can be just as beautiful on a budget.