I was watching TLC's Say Yes to the Dress and was horrified as I watched someone send $27,300 on her wedding dress.
Her wedding dress.
On Say Yes to the Dress I've seen teachers and secretaries have dress budgets in the $7,000 to $10,000 range. And while I'm sure some people save for their wedding before they get married, I'd put quite a bit of money on th fact, that, for most of these folk the dress and wedding are going on credit.
People go into massive debt for one day. One day. Women spend ungodly sums of money for a dress they will wear once. Once. And all of this hoopla for you to celebrate the day you marry the man you're more than likely going to divorce.
Okay that was mean.
But with the average wedding today costing $29,000 and with your average couple going over their budget by 50%, I'm just at a lost at why you spend so much money on the beginning of your relationship.
I can see you dropping major cash for a ten or twenty year anniversary, but just to say "I do?"
I don't think so.
Barring you being fabulously wealthy, there is just no need to drop that kinda cash on your wedding day. You could take that $29,000 and use it as a down payment on a house or start a college fund for your future kids...or hell, pay off your debt. This is America. Most everybody has debt.
But to put yourself into more debt at the beginning of your relationship when money is the number one reason for divorce in this country...well...that's just stupid.
Personally, I never wanted a big wedding.
As a kid I was planning what my corporate offices were going to look like, not what my wedding was going to look like. And to this day I don't understand what the big hoopla is about for the "special day."
Unless I marry (assuming I get married) a really wealthy guy who has $29,000 to blow on a wedding, I won't be having a big wedding. Hell, possibly no wedding at all. Just elope and have a really big reception for everyone when we get back.
The thought of doing anything more...spending $29,000 on my wedding day...just makes me itch.