Several friends have gotten married in recent months. The weddings were as different as the couples, but most of them had to cost a pretty penny. Curiosity made me do a little research and I got a real shock. The average cost of a wedding is now estimated at $28,000. That’s a fair chunk of cash for most of us and it doesn’t include the honeymoon expenses. That much cash could buy a car or make a down payment on a home. Those items last for many years, if not a lifetime. While a marriage may last that long, the ceremony and reception last for just one day.
“We’re making memories that will last a lifetime.” and “I want the day to be perfect.” are common justifications for spending that much money. No amount of money, however, can guarantee perfection. The ring bearer will get sick halfway down the aisle, the maid of honor will sprain her ankle at the rehearsal or Uncle Bert will imbibe a few too many before the ceremony even starts. Talk to seniors about their wedding day. A small, budget-conscious wedding will be remembered just as fondly as the more extravagant affairs.
I know one savvy couple, whose wedding cost well under a thousand dollars. Their reception was held in their church’s meeting hall at no cost. Friends and relatives prepared much of the food. The groom’s cousin, an aspiring DJ, handled the music and the savvy bride found her dress and bridal gowns online. Kathy said she got unbelievable discounts and the dresses were absolutely gorgeous. They found a great online deal on wedding rings too. Their day was a joyous celebration of family and friends. I don’t think you can get anything more perfect than that.