The average cost of a wedding in the United States is about $25,000…and a figure I find to be quite high. To each their own, I suppose…if you can afford it without blinking then by all means throw a huge bash. Ours was about $14,000 and we thought that was silly. $14,000 for a party that lasts 5 or 6 hours? That’s crazy talk! It was not that we didn’t have the money to pay for it…we started saving the minute we got engaged and paid off the final bill about 2 weeks after we got married. We had about 65-75 guests, fully catered, DJ, photographer, the venue was great, etc..we could not have asked for any more. But still…$14,000 out the door for a party. And this isn’t just me talking; my wife felt the same way. But anyway, I digress. I was having a conversation with a friend of mine who is getting married next year and we were discussing the costs associated with weddings and he was thinking his was going to run about $25,000 or so. He thinks it is quite high and kind of a waste of money and thought a better use of that money would be a nice down payment on a house or a brand new car, and I have to agree. $25,000 down on a house is nothing to sneeze at and neither is a paid off car that will last you 10 years or more.
So… if you had your choice, would you rather have a cheap but very nice wedding but a brand new car that is fully paid off, or continue making those $400 per month car payments for the next 5 years and have a $25,000 wedding? For us, if we actually had the ability to make a choice like this, we would have chosen the car for sure. We didn’t need a fancy wedding at all…in fact it got fancier than we even wanted it to be because of pressure from our families. For the next one, I will not listen to them! (kidding, honey :-))
Which would you choose if you had the choice?