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(WTKR)   Not that it will ever be a risk for most of you Farkers, but the average wedding bill just hit a record $30,000   (wtkr.com) divider line 24
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2014-03-29 09:59:20 AM
7 votes:
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 01:09:04 PM
2 votes:
I got married in 1966 with $100 bucks, blogged about it a few years ago here:

http://www.global-air.com/global/editorial_060808.htm

It was June 25, 1966, the 90th anniversary of Custer's Last Stand, which I thought was appropriate, we had about 100 guests at the reception in the Catholic school basement, catering was a $1.25 a head, and the fancy gift box for guests to put in their cards with checks and cash totaled a whopping $47.50, some gave $2 and brought a date.  A family that were friends of my new in-laws brought their 8 kids and gave us a bath towel. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt that it was new.

I blogged about it a few years ago here: http://www.global-air.com/global/editorial_060808.htm

This will be our 48th anniversary in 2014, 9 kids, 15 grandchildren, retired and living the dream in our 30' motorhome. It's been a great ride, and my wife is as pretty as the day we married. She says I need new glasses.
2014-03-29 01:00:45 PM
2 votes:

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 12:58:15 PM
2 votes:

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 12:46:47 PM
2 votes:
Eloped to Vegas. $4,000 trip in total. Totally worth it.
2014-03-29 12:26:38 PM
2 votes:

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 10:11:05 AM
2 votes:
That average is arrived at with one Wall Street princess costing $300,000 against nine poor couples renting out a fire hall.
2014-03-30 01:30:37 AM
1 votes:

Nidiot: That Guy What Stole the Bacon: Eloped to Vegas. $4,000 trip in total. Totally worth it.

Elopements seem to be the best idea ever. The deed is done while you have a holiday, and all drama involving who gets invited, who does not get invited, or the certain person who cannot be seated next to that other person etc, etc, gets to be totally avoided.


Exactly. We'd been together already for almost 10 years, both families kept having bigger and bigger expectations for some huge epic wedding, and it turned into something we could only dread. We had no idea what we wanted to do, but we knew at that point that it wouldn't be a wedding for us.

Then, one Saturday morning, I found my now-wife sitting at the computer looking at travel sites. Out of the blue, she asked, "Hey, what about just going to Vegas together and coming back married?" It was an idea we'd actually mocked in the past, but at that point it just sounded more perfect the more we looked into it. Booked everything that day, flew out there that Wednesday, and were happily married the following Friday. Nice, private ceremony with an actual priest, then we went back to enjoying what was effectively the first vacation the two of us had ever taken together. Vegas itself was like nothing we'd ever experienced our expected.

Called the families before we headed home and, to our shock, they were nothing but thrilled for us. Threw a party for everyone a few months later so nobody felt excluded / slighted.

Now we actually have money to afford a down payment on a house. The lesson: if a huge, "traditional" wedding doesn't feel right, do whatever DOES feel right. It's YOUR Damn wedding, after all...


/csb
2014-03-29 01:43:56 PM
1 votes:
No idea how much my wedding cost, but I am sure my divorce was a bargain at any price.
2014-03-29 01:11:53 PM
1 votes:
Well, you can see I'm going senile, mentioned my blog TWICE.  Good thing I don't have Alzheimers.  And another thing, good thing I don't have Alzheimers.
2014-03-29 12:47:03 PM
1 votes:

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 12:45:50 PM
1 votes:

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 12:43:15 PM
1 votes:

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 12:39:15 PM
1 votes:
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 12:39:14 PM
1 votes:
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 12:30:23 PM
1 votes:
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 12:29:09 PM
1 votes:
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 12:28:12 PM
1 votes:

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 12:28:09 PM
1 votes:
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 12:24:09 PM
1 votes:
$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 12:22:32 PM
1 votes:
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 12:19:34 PM
1 votes:
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 12:02:32 PM
1 votes:
ITT: Farkers competing for who had the more modest wedding
2014-03-29 10:10:05 AM
1 votes:
Attention whores. Nobody wants to go to your wedding. Unless there's an open bar and hot bridesmaids.
 
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