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Skipping Weddings Struck a Chord With Readers

I asked recently if you would forgo a wedding for budgeting reasons, and it seems that many of you had something to say about it! For those of you who are insistent on having weddings, it's not too early to start saving for it now even if you haven't met the one you want to end up with. My poll results showed that 58 percent of you said that you don't mind skipping it, while 42 percent of you think a wedding is too important of an event to skip. Here's what some of you had to say:

 

  • 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. —
  • I would skip the wedding, in favor of a party with my closest friends and family later. I would rather invest in the marriage than the wedding. — wisdom goddess born
  • No! That day is just too important for me and my family. I've always wanted a big wedding and a honeymoon in Italy. My parents got married in London and flew the whole family and friends in. It's been 21 years since and still going strong. Life is too short to cheap. — Misty Jean

To find out what other readers said, read on.

  • 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. —
  • 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. —
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WeTheLiving WeTheLiving 5 years
I think you can have a big wedding without going into major debt, but it really depends on how fancy you want it. And I've seen a lot more focus on DIY projects for weddings as ways to have a simple, but beautiful wedding. Even though I wouldn't want a big wedding, just because I'm shy, they are great in that they bring the whole family together. No one in my family has a lot of money, so we can't travel that often, but everyone makes an effort to come to family weddings, so it's also like a big family reunion. My mom has 8 siblings spread out through the country, so it's great when aunts, uncles, cousins, 2nd cousins, etc can all see each other. I think that's worth spending some money.
WeTheLiving WeTheLiving 5 years
I think you can have a big wedding without going into major debt, but it really depends on how fancy you want it. And I've seen a lot more focus on DIY projects for weddings as ways to have a simple, but beautiful wedding. Even though I wouldn't want a big wedding, just because I'm shy, they are great in that they bring the whole family together. No one in my family has a lot of money, so we can't travel that often, but everyone makes an effort to come to family weddings, so it's also like a big family reunion. My mom has 8 siblings spread out through the country, so it's great when aunts, uncles, cousins, 2nd cousins, etc can all see each other. I think that's worth spending some money.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
I think it would have been interesting to know what percentage out of their yearly paycheck people spent on their weddings. Someone said they spent $5000, but that may mean different things to different people. I have never in my life been able to spend that much on anything, not even a car.
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