They say the average wedding costs on the plus side of $25,000.00. Is that true? Or is that marketing by the wedding industry to prepare us for a major outlay of cash? (A cynical question, I am afraid.)
“The Knot’s 2011 research finds couples averaging more than $12,000 for the reception and $5,000 for the engagement ring, the biggest-ticket items in their breakdown of an average $27,000 wedding (not including the honeymoon) in 2011.” http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/perfi/basics/story/2012-08-09/wedding-costs/56921020/1
And in a related story, NBC says that more couples are cohabitating.Is the cost of a wedding making cohabitation more attractive, or is that just incidental?
28 years ago, our wedding cost about $2,000.00. That included doing a lot of ourselves, including helping to preparing the food for the reception. I picked 12 quarts of strawberries on the morning of my wedding. The food was served family style by the some of the ladies in our church. We didn’t need to rent a hall. Members of the church could use the church for the wedding and pay a $50 janitorial fee. We didn’t have dancing or alcohol. I bought a dress off the clearance rack. We used silk flowers for the wedding, and borrowed many things.
I know it would have cost more if we (us and our family and out church) hadn’t worked so hard to keep the cost down. It was a lovely wedding. We did pay for a photographer, which was well worth the cost. (It was a local small business, and we didn’t buy a lot of pictures, but the ones we have are beautiful)
We could not have had such a wonderful low cost wedding without the kindness and mercy shown to us by our family and our church.
If churches want to support the institution of marriage, could low cost weddings be a church ministry? Or a parachurch ministry?
In my more radical moments, I have suggested in the past that receptions could be provided by a potluck of the attenders.