How much should I spend on my wedding?

May 10th, 2011

I’ve been engaged since New Years but I don’t plan on getting married for another 3 years

I plan on having a small but lavish wedding maybe 50-75 family members and close friends

My dad is giving me $100,000 for me when I get married as my wedding present
but he said that should also be partly for a down payment on a house, a new car, or other big ticket items I will not be able to afford myself

How much money is reasonable to spend for a small wedding?

4 Responses to “How much should I spend on my wedding?”

  1. Jocelyn says:

    Jesus. $100,000? You’d better put that into a house or a car… no party is worth throwing away THAT much money. And it is a party – the marriage bit can be done in a court house for a mere fraction of that $100k. There is no “should” when it comes to price, but honestly I would think about the actual marriage that you’re going to have once the party is over.

    How much money do YOU and your fiance have to spend on the wedding? It’s nice, I suppose, that your dad is willing and able to spend that much money on you but this is about being an adult and declaring that you’re ready to take care of yourself and start a family/life of your own. Don’t throw yourself into debt for the wedding, and remember that the wedding shouldn’t eclipse the marriage. I think people lose sight of what a wedding is all about: bonding two people together for life. All those wedding channels feed on superficiality and ignore what’s important, and sadly people seem to follow suit.

  2. Arys Sekri says:

    U do want it to be formal but dont get carried away and spend thirty thousand. Its all about remembering whats important (your marriage) with that many people spend a thou on reception area. A thou on food and cake. A thou on clothes. A thou on everything else altogether (that probably wont happen though but its a plan

  3. cjsmummy says:

    10 grand – you can do a lot with that,especially if your guest list is as small as you say

  4. Kiwi is my bird-o says:

    Holy crap, 100 grand because you got married? I’d put every penny of that towards a house. A wedding lasts a day, a home you will live in and enjoy for years. You have 3 years until you get married, start saving now. In 2 years, take a look at what you’ve saved, and plan your wedding around that, not the gift from your dad. It will show him your level of maturity and responsibility not to use his gift on a party that will last a few hours, and really, you should pay for your own wedding.

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