Post # 1
“If we eloped we could spend this money on…..”
I think this just about every day. All said and done, including rings and honeymoon, our wedding will cost about 20k. Assuming we had that to just spend (which I guess isn’t really true because my parents are giving us 7k and they wouldn’t do that otherwise… but let’s pretend)… this is what we’d spend it on:
Fence for our back yard- $4,500
Stamped Concrete patio for back yard- $3,500
Landscaping for yard- $2,000
Lasik for me (hate glasses/contacts so much!)- $3,000
New furniture/tv for “man cave”- $5,000
Painting great room- $1,000
CS4 + lightroom for me- $1,000
And that doesn’t even include buying me a new car, which I desperately need. But… it will all be worth it in the end. I’m told. 🙂
What could you be spending your budget on if you didn’t have to throw a wedding?
Post # 3
omg with $30k to spend…
i’d go all out for a tahiti/bora bora honeymoon (min. $15k)
new living room set, kitchen table, french doors for our den, desk, chandelier for our foyer ($5k)
pay off all my student loans! the rest! 🙂
Post # 4
Hahaha, love that post!
I can’t comment on it though…
Post # 5
I’m so glad I’m not the only one making lists about where this money could be going! My family gave us about 20k, and we’ve put in some too. This is money we were told we could do whatever we want with and on some days I truly wonder what the heck made us decide to spend it all on one day!
If I could go back, I’d spend it on down payments for new cars for both of us, a honeymoon-esque vacation, and the rest would be a down payment on a house. Ugh, I am kicking the romantic part of myself that thought this was a good idea!
Post # 6
If we didn’t have to pay for this damn wedding, I’d be putting every cent toward the down payment for a new home.
I also think about this quite often. Our wedding is also costing about $20,000 and I hate the idea of spending all this money on one day.
Post # 7
@missjyc- I’m jealous that you only have 10k in student loans!! that didn’t even make it to my list because honestly… between the two of us we have 120k (80k mine, oy) and our entire wedding budget would barely nudge it haha. we have just accepted we will be paying them off FOREVER. 🙂
Post # 8
We’d probably just keep it in savings. Boring, eh? We aren’t too spendy and we don’t have any immediate needs. My husband wants a new car, but in a couple of years when his milage gets higher. Our loans have such reasonably low interest rates that it’s almost crazed to pay them down. We would just do nothing with it, haha. Maybe outright buy first class tickets for a Hawaii trip we have planned for our 1st anniversary instead of using frequent flier miles. Though I’ll admit that I’d LIKE new couches.
Post # 9
I say this to myself all the time! We’re probably spending ~40k and more than half of that is to the reception venue. If we eloped (and our families wouldn’t hate us forever for doing that!) we would be in a much better position to buy a house. Plus we’d both get Lasik.
Post # 10
I hate to say it.. but for 31 years I have been imagining this day.. walking down the aisle, walking into my reception.. I wish things were less expensive, but I just don’t think I could elope. If we eloped, we only get the bit of cash my mom is giving us.. which might buy us refinished hardwood floors, a new half bath & fence in back yard… but I’d much rather spend it on my wedding…
Post # 12
Uhm… If it wasn’t for this wedding I would be putting every cent towards paying off my student loans.
Post # 13
@corgi, don’t be too jealous! i have around $20k from undergrad left… and id use the 10k towards that… but im starting law school in may and for the next three years, will amass another 60k, so i’m almost right there with yoU! lols.
i guess i shoulda said, 10k to pay off all my credit card debt and have a lil shopping spree (since my cc debt isn’t the entire 10k)
Post # 14
Paying off debt…..well, the wedding wouldn’t cover our debt, but it would make a HUGE dent!
Post # 15
@missjyc- ahh that does make me feel better! I had only about 10k from undergrad and left law school with 80k. oy. that last summer is hard to get through with the bar expenses and not being able to work… i took out 9k right before i graduated. *sad panda*
@ella- that is SO great that you don’t doubt your choice to spend the money on the wedding. honestly… i wish i was one of those people who was certain it was all worth it. I think your life is probably less stressful and guilt-ridden 🙂 i’m a person who has not always dreamed of my wedding. i have no idea what i want or IF i want anything really… and a fiance who would rather elope. I’m doing the “wedding thing” because i’m scared if i don’t i’ll regret it… but it makes for a very stressful experience because i’m constantly questioning all the money i’m spending on something i’m not even sure that i want!!
Post # 16
Oh boy…while we don’t have NEAR the budget some of you have mentioned I still think about how this day could pay off several bills!
About half of my student loans: 7k
Pay off the furniture: $1500/Have a freakin’ sweet honeymoon: $5500
Pay off a third of our car note!
Sigh…we both reallly want this wedding, so…cest la vie, right?