On top of paying for a wedding, we were also trying to save like mad for our house. And even though we picked something relatively small (two-bedroom, one-bath, just over 1,000 square feet), we still needed to fork over $51,000 for our closing (that was 20% of the total cost + thousands of dollars in closing costs).
Combined, our families pitched in $12,000, which left a whopping $39,000 for Matt and me to bring to the table. Holy moly. I'm still stunned when I see that number.
Sometime in the middle of June, we realized we needed to start putting everything on our credit cards. Normally, we avoid this tactic because paying interest feels like an absolute waste of money. If we won't be able to pay for something in full by the time our credit card bill comes, we usually don't buy it.
But desperate times call for desperate measures. We starting putting everything on the cards: gas, food, wedding stuff, plane tickets--oh my!
Our biggest credit card bills just arrived. And, lo and behold, we actually have enough money left in our accounts to pay them off. I still can't believe it.
I only share this saga of ours because it's important to think through the implications of your wedding budget before you actually establish it. Maybe you won't need to buy a house four days after you walk down the aisle, but do you really want to start your life together in debt?
A wedding can cost anything from the price of the marriage license to well above the average cost of $25,000. Despite what the Wedding Industrial Complex tries to make us feel, we really do have a choice.