Earlier this year CNN ran a story about how the average cost of an American wedding in 2012 was $28,400.
You still upright?
If so, I’m glad. If you’re flat on your back, hysterical with laughter or just plain passed out from shock, I totally understand.
Listen up, I get that a couple’s wedding day is a day unlike any other (until their next wedding day! Hahahaha! Just kidding, lovebirds).
But why do so many people think that the only way to do it is to do it ‘big budget? What I don’t get is how so many intelligent folks are so sucked up into the vacuum of this whole wedding industry thing that has blossomed over the past quarter century or so. According to the CNN article (which was based on TheKnot.com‘s annual couples survey) people getting married these days pay an average of:
- $13,000 for a reception hall
- $3,000 for a reception band
-$2,400 for a photographer
That’s, what?… almost 20 grand right there and basically you’re still pretty far off from plopping down a wad of mushy salmon on anybody’s plate or half-filling their wine glass, huh?
I guess what I am saying is that there are other ways to kick off your life together and save a crap load of money if you really want to. Maybe you do, maybe you don’t; that’s totally your business and I couldn’t care less if you have that burning
desire need to rent out some echo-y reception box that looks like the Tuscan village sound stage of a bad Hollywood set instead of maybe just renting out the local VFW hall for, like, a tenth of the cost.
I mean, choices: that’s what America is all about, right?
Still, if you really want to get married in a way that saves you more than $25,000 no questions asked, then maybe what you need to consider doing is exactly what my wife and I did when we decided to take the marital plunge nine years ago.
Your Aunt Edna will be pissed off you did it this way, but so what? She just wanted the free champagne.
Here’s what worked for us. Maybe it could work for you, too.
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