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Would You Skip Your Wedding to Save Money?

I was talking to a friend the other night who decided to forgo a wedding so that she and her husband can save money. Her choice really made an impression on me, because I know a lot of women grew up playing with wedding Barbies and who keep fantasizing about their big day. I know there are plenty of ways to keep weddings low-cost, but it's really a matter of personal choice. What about you — would you skip your wedding for your budget?

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kh61582 kh61582 5 years
My father made my sister an offer that he'd either pay for their wedding or give them $15,000 to elope. She went the wedding option. After doing some of the math it was determined that they would have ended up with a few thousand dollars to spare had they eloped. My dad told me that when the time comes I'll have the same offer but I have no intention of taking it. I plan on having a very small wedding, even smaller than my sisters, but it's still very important to me to have it.
danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
Will he give you the 30,000 if you just go to the courthouse and have a small reception at your place after? :P I would take the money, without hesitation. Damn, I could really use 30k right now.
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 5 years
I had a small, inexpensive wedding (less than $3,000) with immediate family and a few close friends. Perfect the way it was. When we bought a house the following year, we had a huge housewarming party that was a blast.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
I sort of did. We got married and then had a small reception with very few people. His family lived on another continent and wasn't able to attend. Had we had any more money, we would have probably spent it on that. I didn't have a white dress, or a wedding cake. We just had a buffet and some decorations that my aunt had made. We had a photographer who was a friend. It was a lovely party and everyone had fun. I can't imagine how more expensive flowers or dresses or food could have made it better.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
I sort of did. We got married and then had a small reception with very few people. His family lived on another continent and wasn't able to attend. Had we had any more money, we would have probably spent it on that. I didn't have a white dress, or a wedding cake. We just had a buffet and some decorations that my aunt had made. We had a photographer who was a friend. It was a lovely party and everyone had fun. I can't imagine how more expensive flowers or dresses or food could have made it better.
imLissy imLissy 5 years
It depends on what's important to you. Is it your dream to have a big wedding or go on a grad vacation, buy a house sooner, buy a car. Money's not important, neither is having a big wedding, but I wouldn't trade that day for anything. My wedding was the best day of my life so far, absolutely perfect, just the way I imagined it. My parents paid for the majority of it, but I would have spent my own money if they didn't. Most things in life we can do without, it's just a matter of what makes you happy.
imLissy imLissy 5 years
It depends on what's important to you. Is it your dream to have a big wedding or go on a grad vacation, buy a house sooner, buy a car. Money's not important, neither is having a big wedding, but I wouldn't trade that day for anything. My wedding was the best day of my life so far, absolutely perfect, just the way I imagined it.My parents paid for the majority of it, but I would have spent my own money if they didn't. Most things in life we can do without, it's just a matter of what makes you happy.
Spectra Spectra 5 years
I only spent about $5K on our wedding for everything, but if I could do it over again, I'd elope. It was fun, but not worth taking on a lot of debt for.
Natalie-Love Natalie-Love 5 years
I never grew up with the whole barbie-wedding dream, to be honest. I was never told much about them, and never attended them as a child. I knew my parents were married, but I knew that they were married in the USSR during difficult times and their wedding was a simple signing of documents, no big party. I only got the idea of a traditional wedding on TV actually, on all those wedding shows. I guess if I did have one of those it would just feel like I'm trying to copy them. I do want to have a fun day with my family and friends, have good food, and celebrate with music; but that doesn't need to cost a fortune. So for skipping the traditional wedding- yes. But still marking the day in a special way.
danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
Yes, I would... BUT, I would have a wedding later on down the road, maybe on an anniversary (when money permitted). Nothing big, but I want to wear a dress and get lovely professional photos :)
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 5 years
I like the idea of eloping and then having a DIY cocktail and hor dourve wedding reception :).
Pistil Pistil 5 years
I plan on it. I don't like to be the center of attention. It's not cheap, it's financially responsible to not spend money you don't have.
French-Kiss French-Kiss 5 years
If i want to get married, well i'd think about it twice, because for sure it's expensive. I i can't afford it, i would do something very simple, not to pu myself in debts, as some other said.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 5 years
Ideally, I'd love to elope and have a small party after with friends and family- but I just know that both my parents and my bf's family would be devastated if we did that. It's not entirely out of the question, but I'm definitely feeling pressured into having a wedding.
amber512 amber512 5 years
Not entirely. I'd still want to do something special, but just spend less!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 5 years
Well, I skipped my wedding, but NOT for money reasons. I hate weddings, and I hate wearing white. :)
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 5 years
totally agree with wisdom goddess born :)
GTCB GTCB 5 years
We spent about $16k on our big day. Which was nearly ruined as my wife-to-be was taken to the ER in an ambulance that morning, but I digress. Given the choice, I'd spend the money again. Eloping to Vegas might save you some cash, but stop being so frugal. You can't cheap your way through everything in life.
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