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Old 10-05-2010, 01:17 PM   #41
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IIRC we spent about $25K-$30K for our wedding + honeymoon about a decade ago (this was in NC). We had about 125 people in attendance. We ended up spending more than we had originally planned but it was worth it as our guests still have fond memories of the occasion.

For comparison sake, we bought a brand new car ($18K) and a new house ($19K down payment) that same year.
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Old 10-05-2010, 01:26 PM   #42
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The Practical Wedding

1) get married in the Backyard.

2) Have dad cook up some wieners and hot dogs on the grill. Have chips and RC-cola for drinks.

3) Cake from the local A&P.

4) wedding dress from Mom/Goodwill etc.

5) music from the Boom-Box

6) photos from cousin Earnie

Total cost maybe $300.

Everything else is just fluff. Who are we trying to impress anyway.
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Las Vegas - Little White Wedding Chapel drive through window



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Old 10-05-2010, 01:52 PM   #44
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I loved that scene in the Hangover movie at the chapel. Too funny!
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Old 10-05-2010, 04:59 PM   #45
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Upon hearing of the proposal my FIL told his daughter "I'll give you $4k to elope." We didn't.

Had a nice wedding and afternoon reception for 125 ppl. No bar, canned music, and "heavy" hors d'oeuvres. Kept expenses around $4-5k. Wedding limo was my restored 1976 Monte Carlo and a horse and buggy.
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1) get married in the Backyard.

2) Have dad cook up some wieners and hot dogs on the grill. Have chips and RC-cola for drinks.

3) Cake from the local A&P.

4) wedding dress from Mom/Goodwill etc.

5) music from the Boom-Box

6) photos from cousin Earnie

Total cost maybe $300.

Everything else is just fluff. Who are we trying to impress anyway.
That's exactly what I suggested for my daughter. As a 2nd option, I told her to fly to Vegas and get married by Elvis. Anyway, 25K later, she's married.
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it seems ludicrously disproportionate to spend as much money on a wedding, that will be all over in a few hours, as one would for a middling new car, or a down-payment on a house, or a year or two of college.
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