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2014-03-29 09:59:20 AM
You dads, just put that $30,000 in trust fund with an indexed mutual fund, and fix it to release to her at age 62. Retirement worries solved.

Say she's 22 when she gets married and you can get an 8% annual return (not an unreasonable target), she'd have over $650,000.

Maybe you can't retire on that then but it'll be a lot more useful than the big wedding she had with her first husband.
 
2014-03-29 10:10:05 AM
Attention whores. Nobody wants to go to your wedding. Unless there's an open bar and hot bridesmaids.
 
2014-03-29 10:11:05 AM
That average is arrived at with one Wall Street princess costing $300,000 against nine poor couples renting out a fire hall.
 
2014-03-29 10:56:01 AM

Mugato: Attention whores. Nobody wants to go to your wedding. Unless there's an open bar and hot bridesmaids.


There is nothing more gauche than a cash bar at a wedding reception. I haven't seen that phenomenon at a wedding since I moved to New Orleans, though. I've seen champagne served at baby showers here.
 
2014-03-29 12:02:32 PM
ITT: Farkers competing for who had the more modest wedding
 
2014-03-29 12:19:34 PM
That is because guys like me will never get married.  If I did, the bill would be little more than the cost of the license and minister's time.
 
2014-03-29 12:22:32 PM
Had my grandfather, who was a JOP, marry us in my grandmother's yard. It was quick and very intimate. Everyone in the family still talks about it being their favorite wedding to attend. Was pretty much just a potluck gathering.
 
2014-03-29 12:22:33 PM
I got married last August. Total cost for everything was probably 18k. More expensive than it could have been, but it was a hell of a day.

People I know who went down to the courthouse or did something more low key often seem a little miffed about their wedding experience. It should be a farking big party, so throw a farking big party.

My two cents. I'm sure someone in this thread threw a massive shindig with only ten dollars and a bag of magic beans. They're like Jesus feeding five thousand people with a pair of fish, only with a six pack of Keystone Light and a Costco vegetable platter.
 
2014-03-29 12:22:44 PM

Mugato: Attention whores. Nobody wants to go to your wedding. Unless there's an open bar and hot bridesmaids.


Invite me! I don't care about the hot bridesmaids.  Open bar mandatory, though.


I am pleased to note that I seem to have somehow saved $29,950 on my wedding.
I wonder what I subsequently spent it on.

/probably food and houses and motorcycles and stuff.
 
2014-03-29 12:23:01 PM

rev. dave: That is because guys like me will never get married.  If I did, the bill would be little more than the cost of the license and minister's time.


^This

Great reverends think alike.
 
2014-03-29 12:24:07 PM

pxlboy: ITT: Farkers competing for who had the more modest wedding


16.5 years and the wedding cost < $5K with dresses, flowers, officiating crew, 4-piece quartet, venue, catering...the works.

So far I'm at $303.03/year.  Not bad.
 
2014-03-29 12:24:09 PM
$15,000 for a winery wedding in central Virginia. On a Saturday. Average cost for a winery wedding here is $50,000. Honestly, we got a farking steal. One of the wineries around here starts with a $10,000 rental fee and you have to use their caterer, and options start at $15,000. You're out 25 grand before you pick the color theme.

We did on-site BBQ and had an open bar. Being that it was a winery, most people drank wine. Total bar cost was <$1000 for 65 people. Food was the biggest cost, but it was amazing. Pulled pork, smoked ribs, chicken, mac & cheese, slaw...

Yeah, we did our wedding right.
 
2014-03-29 12:24:25 PM
Spent $1000 on my wedding.  It was beautiful, at a lovely location, everyone had a lot of fun, etc.  You can budget a wedding if you're dedicated to it.
 
2014-03-29 12:25:08 PM

Marcus Aurelius: That average is arrived at with one Wall Street princess costing $300,000 against nine poor couples renting out a fire hall.


We were so poor we could only rent a fire hydrant.
 
2014-03-29 12:26:38 PM

Nabb1: Mugato: Attention whores. Nobody wants to go to your wedding. Unless there's an open bar and hot bridesmaids.

There is nothing more gauche than a cash bar at a wedding reception. I haven't seen that phenomenon at a wedding since I moved to New Orleans, though. I've seen champagne served at baby showers here.


It's not so much as money saving mechanism as it is a release from liability.  If you're paying for all the booze you drink you can't turn around and sue the newly married couple for liability when your drunk ass kills someone on the way home.  At that point it's between you and the bartender that over-served you, just like any other bar situation.
 
2014-03-29 12:26:57 PM
$35 at the courthouse.

And we got a cheap bottle of Champagne from the judge.
 
2014-03-29 12:28:09 PM
Wife and I decided to do the "destination" wedding...sorta.  We knew some people in Hawaii so we did a very small wedding (immediate family) there.  Few months later we had a more informal get together with friends and family at an outdoor park.  Altogether we probably spent $10k but most of that was the trip to Hawaii / honeymoon; probably only $2k or so for the get together.
 
2014-03-29 12:28:12 PM

Reverend J: rev. dave: That is because guys like me will never get married.  If I did, the bill would be little more than the cost of the license and minister's time.

^This

Great reverends think alike.


I did. It was $300 for the JP and license. 7 years and still going. We could have gone crazy, but what would the point be?

One of the guys who works for me is about to get married. His wife wants the big wedding and is bordering on "bridezilla". They're looking at $10k at least. I know he makes $35k a year and his wife is unemployed, plus I know their parents are paying. I just don't get it.
 
2014-03-29 12:29:09 PM
People around here used to have some wedding receptions, but since the recession there that has stopped.

Just getting married by a JP.

If you have 30k to spend on a party then good for you.    But then don't biatch about the price of gas, homes or healthcare or your college.
 
2014-03-29 12:30:23 PM
Where people waste money is on the stupid dress that you will never wear again. There's no reason to spend more than $5k - $10k; you can throw a heck of a party for that kind of money in a decent venue. If you're rich, sure, have a full dinner and a band, but if you're not, a DJ and heavy hors d'ouevres is just as fun.
 
2014-03-29 12:30:49 PM
I knew there was a reason I'm still single.

/Spending $30k on a wedding is perhaps the single biggest waste of money in the history of the universe
//Except maybe Miguel Cabrera's new contract
 
2014-03-29 12:31:27 PM
We rented out the party room at our local bar for a few hours; that was it. The wedding itself was held at a public park on the river, and my sister did the ceremony. Not bad for unemployment.
 
2014-03-29 12:33:16 PM

taliesinwi: Nabb1: Mugato: Attention whores. Nobody wants to go to your wedding. Unless there's an open bar and hot bridesmaids.

There is nothing more gauche than a cash bar at a wedding reception. I haven't seen that phenomenon at a wedding since I moved to New Orleans, though. I've seen champagne served at baby showers here.

It's not so much as money saving mechanism as it is a release from liability.  If you're paying for all the booze you drink you can't turn around and sue the newly married couple for liability when your drunk ass kills someone on the way home.  At that point it's between you and the bartender that over-served you, just like any other bar situation.


The "I'm scared of liability" is the lamest excuse of all. You use that excuse if you're paranoid about something that's almost certainly not going to happen to you, or if you're just a cheapskate looking for an out. Seriously, people like that shouldn't be allowed to host a party, ever.
 
2014-03-29 12:34:02 PM
$30K just so the women can have a day where they're princesses.  The money is much better spent on a down payment for a home.  But just like Valentine's day, weddings are a commercial driven function led by women but paid for by men.  It's all bullshiat in the end anyways.  Enjoy your Day!
 
2014-03-29 12:34:58 PM
what are you going on about?  there are like 14 states that will marry farkers, subby.
 
2014-03-29 12:35:39 PM

Marcus Aurelius: That average is arrived at with one Wall Street princess costing $300,000 against nine poor couples renting out a fire hall.


This, kinda. What's the median wedding cost? I suspect the distribution looks like a 
Gamma distribution with a peak below $30k but with a ling tail to the right...
 
2014-03-29 12:36:44 PM
Why do people bother spending so much? They'll probably be in the 50 percent or whatever who get divorced anyway.

/eternally single
//blew over 30k on school which I guess isn't that much smarter...
 
2014-03-29 12:37:01 PM

Marcus Aurelius: That average is arrived at with one Wall Street princess costing $300,000 against nine poor couples renting out a fire hall.


Kardashians are skewing the numbers.

What's the median cost, including the Las Vegas Quicky, the Shotgun, and the Babby-Daddy's In Jail So Let's Get Married For Benefits?
 
2014-03-29 12:38:42 PM

Creoena: I knew there was a reason I'm still single.

/Spending $30k on a wedding is perhaps the single biggest waste of money in the history of the universe
//Except maybe Miguel Cabrera's new contract

///Soon, there won't be any 'hitting it' in either case.
 
2014-03-29 12:39:14 PM
Eh, going into debt for a wedding is stupid, but if you can afford to throw a big party, why not?  I just went to a black tie wedding in February and it was fantastic, not to mention one of the few opportunities to dress up and meet up with all our old friends from out of town.

Also, these wedding averages usually include the rings, honeymoon, etc.
 
2014-03-29 12:39:15 PM
Vegas - $700 for 3 days including airfare. No fuss, no drama. Honeymoon in New Orleans with friends - $1200 for 4 days of good times and exquisite food with 4 other people we really give a damn about. No debt, great memories, better photos and no drama. Still enough cash to actually buy a home & whatnot later. It's the marriage not the wedding that matters.
 
2014-03-29 12:41:03 PM
Cousin got married last fall. She and her husband had a small intimate ceremony with their immediate families, then had a big informal ceremony with everybody else a day ot so later at our aunt and uncle' place on the water.

Total nut for the wedding: $10,000. One of the most fun I'd ever attended.

If the lady and I ever get hitched, we are doing something similar. No $35K Cinderella bullshiat. A simple and quick ceremony and a big BBQ.
 
2014-03-29 12:41:46 PM
Wedding website surveys are renowned for their accuracy.
 
2014-03-29 12:43:15 PM

Man_Without_A_Hat: People I know who went down to the courthouse or did something more low key often seem a little miffed about their wedding experience. It should be a farking big party, so throw a farking big party.


It should be a farking big party if that's what you and your spouse want and can afford. Lots of folks don't want that. Others want a big party, but understand that you don't need a $600 cake, a $8,000 facility, a $3,000 photographer, and $25/ea customized napkins.

//Made up numbers, but you get the idea.
 
2014-03-29 12:45:50 PM

sugardave: pxlboy: ITT: Farkers competing for who had the more modest wedding

16.5 years and the wedding cost < $5K with dresses, flowers, officiating crew, 4-piece quartet, venue, catering...the works.

So far I'm at $303.03/year.  Not bad.


You're still well behind. I went to Idaho (no waiting period), paid $50 at The Hitching Post, and $300 for the party that weekend. Total; done,done, and done. 'Course it was my third marriage, and her second, so we avoided the repeats 'cause we knew they didn't work.

/still at it
//surviving cancer (hers)
 
2014-03-29 12:46:47 PM
Eloped to Vegas. $4,000 trip in total. Totally worth it.
 
2014-03-29 12:47:00 PM
I know my family and future inlaws, that's why I'm not having an open bar. Gonna be able to get everything for about $12k, open bar would have doubled that. Since we're paying for it ourselves we opted for the cash bar.
 
2014-03-29 12:47:03 PM

Nabb1: Mugato: Attention whores. Nobody wants to go to your wedding. Unless there's an open bar and hot bridesmaids.

There is nothing more gauche than a cash bar at a wedding reception. I haven't seen that phenomenon at a wedding since I moved to New Orleans, though. I've seen champagne served at baby showers here.


NO is Catholic culture. Booze is a Jesus approved vice and we take that shiat seriously. Get into Baptist country and things dry up really fast.
 
2014-03-29 12:48:44 PM
Had about 100 people in the outdoor patio of a restaurant. Great food, free wine and beer with a full cash bar, and dancing for hours. As we were walking out one of the servers ran up to me holding the bill. Kind of odd to have to pay $11,000 on the spot.

Anyway, some people spend a lot of time and money on the wedding to make it a lifelong memory. Our friends still talk about ours. It's more about attitude than money though. We'd been together for years before we were married so the wedding was, from the start, just a good excuse for a big fun night to celebrate with our friends.
 
2014-03-29 12:51:54 PM

optimistic_cynic: I know my family and future inlaws, that's why I'm not having an open bar. Gonna be able to get everything for about $12k, open bar would have doubled that. Since we're paying for it ourselves we opted for the cash bar.


Unless youre keeping it open all week, an open bar shouldnt cost 12k
 
2014-03-29 12:51:55 PM
Spent $35k on my wedding (a year ago tomorrow) at a historic hotel in Massachusetts. Money was tight for the year leading up to it, but it was one hell of a party (open bar of course).

It was worth it for us, but it's not for everyone.
 
2014-03-29 12:54:21 PM

GodlikeMole: Spent $35k on my wedding (a year ago tomorrow) at a historic hotel in Massachusetts. Money was tight for the year leading up to it, but it was one hell of a party (open bar of course).

It was worth it for us, but it's not for everyone.


*whip sfx*
 
2014-03-29 12:55:38 PM

TheOther: GodlikeMole: Spent $35k on my wedding (a year ago tomorrow) at a historic hotel in Massachusetts. Money was tight for the year leading up to it, but it was one hell of a party (open bar of course).

It was worth it for us, but it's not for everyone.

*whip sfx*


Shhhh she might be reading this.
 
2014-03-29 12:57:51 PM
With music, drinks, venue, cake, catering, flowers, two dresses for me, two tuxedos for him, ours came out at a little over a grand.

Just what the hell do you expect us to spend that extra $28,000 on??
 
2014-03-29 12:58:15 PM

Mugato: Attention whores. Nobody wants to go to your wedding. Unless there's an open bar and hot bridesmaids.


Or it's in a location people might be interested in going to anyway...

upload.wikimedia.org

/Our wedding there was surprisingly inexpensive.
 
2014-03-29 12:59:39 PM
I guess they never been to a Long Island wedding.
 
2014-03-29 01:00:45 PM

LazyMedia: Where people waste money is on the stupid dress that you will never wear again. There's no reason to spend more than $5k - $10k; you can throw a heck of a party for that kind of money in a decent venue. If you're rich, sure, have a full dinner and a band, but if you're not, a DJ and heavy hors d'ouevres is just as fun.


This. There's no need to spend $10,000 on a damn dress.

shiat, mine are going to be off the rack prom dresses. And not a single person attending will call me out on it, because they'll be too busy eating cake and drinking wine.
 
2014-03-29 01:01:57 PM
For 30,000 they better suck and fark you for life. Get a prenup.
 
2014-03-29 01:02:42 PM

LandOfChocolate: optimistic_cynic: I know my family and future inlaws, that's why I'm not having an open bar. Gonna be able to get everything for about $12k, open bar would have doubled that. Since we're paying for it ourselves we opted for the cash bar.

Unless youre keeping it open all week, an open bar shouldnt cost 12k


Again, I know my family. lol
 
2014-03-29 01:07:02 PM

Mikeyworld: sugardave: pxlboy: ITT: Farkers competing for who had the more modest wedding

16.5 years and the wedding cost < $5K with dresses, flowers, officiating crew, 4-piece quartet, venue, catering...the works.

So far I'm at $303.03/year.  Not bad.

You're still well behind. I went to Idaho (no waiting period), paid $50 at The Hitching Post, and $300 for the party that weekend. Total; done,done, and done. 'Course it was my third marriage, and her second, so we avoided the repeats 'cause we knew they didn't work.

/still at it
//surviving cancer (hers)


Yeah, but what is the number when you factor in the other two weddings?  I'm still on my first wife!

/beat the cancer
//BEAT IT
 
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