A few of my girlfriends are getting married this year.
And so I am — except all this wedding talk has really scared me off.
Guest lists, centerpieces, favors, budgets — these are things I’ve been trying to avoid all my life. And now I’m in the midst of them. Either helping my girlfriends with their weddings or thinking about what I’m going to do at mine.
I didn’t realize, until I started crunching the numbers, just how expensive a wedding — more like the reception — can be.
According to a recent survey by The Knot, the average wedding is now about $27,800. But in larger urban areas — and yes, Hawaii counts — it’s more like $40,000.
For one night.
And, let’s face it, one night that will matter to only you.
I’ve been a bridesmaid, emcee, favor-maker, origami crane-folder and bachelorette party-planner — and that’s how I got my first glimpse into the cost associated with weddings.
But until I started making calls and talking with friends in the throes of planning, I had no idea how expensive it is to just get hitched. (And I now have a sincere admiration for people who elope to Vegas.)
Why is it so expensive?
And why do couples spend so much on this one night?
I realize it’s an important start to this lifelong commitment. You want it to be perfect. You want people to have fun. And you want everyone to leave, saying, “Hey, that was a really nice wedding!” But should you take out a loan or use every last bit of savings to pay for this?
You tell me.
Because I really need to know!