Would you pay $20,000 for a party? Your initial reaction to this question is probably “heck no!” but so many of you have or will one day. That ‘party’ is called a wedding.
Why has it become acceptable, if not expected, to spend so much money on a one-day celebration of a couple’s union? Many of you justify that it is ‘your’ day and the only one that will ever happen to celebrate you and your partner – for you to be the center of attention. But it is ONE day!
Do you know what you could do with that amount of money?
- Put a respectable down-payment on your first home;
- Pay down personal debt that would ensure a better quality of life in the long-term;
- Put your child through college or university;
- Buy a car, heck you could buy 2 cars with that amount!
Don’t get me wrong. Father Miser and I had a meaningful ceremony and a great party to celebrate our marriage, but we managed to do so without breaking the bank.
Here are a few of our cost-saving measures:
- My dress only cost $300: Shop around for your dress, buy off-the-rack and have it tailored after the fact or consider a second-hand wedding dress;
- I wore costume jewellery, which cost $20;
- We printed our own invitations and hand-delivered them to those nearby to save on postage;
- We catered Indian buffet for the dinner, costing us a whopping $10 per guest!
- We made our own wine and found a venue that did not charge a corking fee;
- We had mini three-tiered wedding cakes as the centre-piece for each table made by a a local woman who was just starting her own business;
- We hired a photographer who was newly breaking into the business and was willing to give us all digital files, thereby saving us on future prints;
- We compiled songs on cd as a gift to guests.
There are many ways to save on your wedding day. If you are resourceful and willing to put in a bit of time to save on costs, you can afford a beautiful celebration without suffering long-term financial consequence. Your wedding day is a time to celebrate but a bigger wedding does not make for a better marriage.