My Big, Fat Macedonian Wedding

Not even joblessness and poverty deter Macedonians from splurging on expensive parties. Guest lists of 500 are common, and families go into debt

Mare Davitkovska is planning for around 200 guests when her son is married later this month. It is a modest celebration by Macedonian standards, a country where elaborate and conspicuously costly weddings are a necessary luxury for many people.

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