Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wedding Wednesday: The Business of Getting Hitched

I came across this graphic earlier in the week and it reminded me of the Cost of Being a Bridesmaid image I found a while back.  I'm sharing it because I think it's interesting.  Looking at the costs laid out below, we're over on some items, under on a couple, and right on the average with one (possibly two). 

I've learned over the last few months that getting married in a region that is a destination for many sometimes causes the budget to climb.  Being a blogger obsessed with details also tends to have that same effect.

Thoughts? Do you think the budget shown is on target?  I imagine that if you live anywhere near a city, your answer is a very emphatic "no!"

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8 comments:

  1. I got married in 1991, in Buffalo, NY and I'd say our budget came in somewhat under what it shows on that graph, even with 200 guests and a yacht club reception.  We splurged on professional musicians for the church ceremony--well worth it, my wedding had the most beautiful music of any I've attended--but skimped on flowers because they're not important to me.  We didn't hire a videographer--even I would be bored, watching a movie of my wedding.  I'm kind of bothered by how commercial and expensive weddings are, with expensive "essentials" that are forgotten by the first anniversary.

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  2. Taking out a loan?  For a wedding?  Egad.  Putting a few ducats on a credit card is one thing but a wedding loan seems like a really bad idea.

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  3. If it's not too late, you might consider a combined wedding/honeymoon in Hawaii on the beach.  That's what my son and his wife did.  It cuts costs way, way down, even when flying from the East Coast.

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  4. is anyone else shocked by the AVERAGE price of the engagement ring or was that just me?

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  5. I was shocked too.  The total for my engagement ring and what will be our bands will not be anything remotely close to $15k.  "Two month's salary" is a lot of hogwash. With figures like this, no wonder men don't want to get married!  Too many dumb rules and guidelines they think they have to follow.

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  6. I agree!  That was the figure I was most shocked by.

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  7. Can someone please tell me where I can find a wedding cake for only $540?!

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  8. The trick is to keep your guest list short (if you can swing it, which I can).  We're inviting 50 guests and our budget is a little over half of what it shows here for 2010.  Short head count keeps everything down (e.g., we're expecting to pay about $200 for our cake).  We too are cutting out some things not important to us (flowers, videographer, etc.).  But the costs are still astronomically high...with 50 guests, I thought we could do this for much less than what our budget is.  Boy was I wrong!  Weddings are ridiculous!  By the way, does Charlottesville count as a "city"?  I can't imagine weddings costing much more than they do here!  (I'm sure they do, but I'd rather not think about it.)

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