Meggie! (rivulet) wrote,

I've been reading lots of discussions/arguments in the weddingplans community about wedding budgets. I thought that since they're older threads, I'd post my opinion here instead, for posterity. :)

We really don't have a budget at this point. I'm hoping to keep it under $1000, and I'm pretty sure I'll be able to do that. The people in the weddingplans community were talking about how a "normal" wedding costs about $20,000. As my good friend Cory G. says, "WTF?!?!" I have no idea how people can spend that much money on one day. Well, I can - parents. But besides that, I don't see how anyone would want to pay that much money on a wedding. That said, if I had $20,000 to spend on a wedding without having to worry about anything else (rent, car payments, whatever), I'd probably spend that much. But I'm glad I've got such a small budget to work with. Weddings are about the bride and groom, and a proclamation of how much they love each other. They're kind of like baptisms, in a way: you get up in front of the people you love and proclaim your love for someone. You don't see people wearing a $2000 smock to get dunked in the water - why should you wear a $2000 dress that you're just going to put in a box and forget about after wearing it for eight hours? Our wedding is going to be personal, romantic, and US. That's the most important part. We're going to make everything, from invitations to dresses to favors. And I can't imagine it any other way.
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