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Weddings Aren't Feeling Effects of Economy

Don't Let Your Wedding Budget Get You Down

The vendors at the New York magazine Weddings Showcase in Manhattan said their businesses are in full bloom as wedding season inches nearer. While many brides are busy toning up for their stroll down the aisle, there's no sign of them toning down their budgets in the midst of the poor credit and housing markets. As one planner pointed out, people will still get married during recessions. What caught my attention was the quote from one bride who told CNBC, "I had a very small budget in mind so the financial situation isn't playing such a big role. It's quite conservative at $20,000."

But "very small" and "conservative" compared to what? It's important for brides to stay focused on their own wedding — without letting their friends' wedding plans and budgets skew how great your wedding will be. So what if their save the dates look like actual wedding invitations? It doesn't mean people will be any less excited to receive your sliver of paper announcing your special day — and it will only take up one magnet on their refrigerators! Your wedding will be a beautiful occasion no matter how many dollars it took to make it happen.


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Lindira Lindira 9 years
I think so long as you don't go into debt and spend within your means for the wedding, how much or how little you spend on your wedding shouldn't be an issue to anyone else. Though, I really don't like the idea of brides who plan a $100k+ wedding and expect their parents to pay for ALL of it. I kind of look at a wedding as a couple's first big financial test. If they can handle throwing a huge, expensive bash without going overboard, everyday finances should be a piece of cake. It's wonderful if the parents help, but I think the modern couple should take on the majority of the responsibility themselves, IMO.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
I really have no idea how much I will wind up spending but I am going to try and come in under 10,000
MuppetsForDinner MuppetsForDinner 9 years
I wish we could spend less on our wedding; we will probably end up spending 45K when it's all said and done. Eesh. That sounds like so much when I write it down. I've been sticking to what I want, but nothing too extravagant. We've ruled out vendors that are completely over the top. I think the biggest reason that it's so much is because we are getting married in the Catskills of NY (a big draw for those living in or around NYC) and the vendors pretty much have their prices set.
Rachel241 Rachel241 9 years
Weddings seem to be getting more and more expensive. I like what sassy chick said about not judging others wedding expenses. We all have different priorities. Here is a website with budget & eco-friendly wedding tips. Hope it helps! Happy planning.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
That seems like a small number, I watch the wedding shows and everyone's budget is higher. It amazes me how much things cost for people getting married. The industry must be booming.
sassy_chick sassy_chick 9 years
20k is conservative for lots of people getting married, since it's right around the national average. Don't judge people on how much they spend if you don't want to be judged on how little you do.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
$20,000 conservative? Not for me.
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