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    I have to admit I did have an expensive wedding ... specially if you include the honeymoon

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    - my parents and in-laws paid for most of it
    - it was their choice on how big and expensive it was ... not mine. I would have preferred a smallish and much cheaper wedding, but did the full version basically to make them happy.
    - both sides could afford it. Neither had to take out loans or anything silly....
    - I did really enjoy the day, I have lovely photos and lovely memories of spending my wedding day with all of my family and friends ... is precious

    If it were my money however, I would certainly not have spent anywhere near that much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KatiesMum View Post
    I have to admit I did have an expensive wedding ... specially if you include the honeymoon

    BUT

    - my parents and in-laws paid for most of it
    - it was their choice on how big and expensive it was ... not mine. I would have preferred a smallish and much cheaper wedding, but did the full version basically to make them happy.
    - both sides could afford it. Neither had to take out loans or anything silly....
    - I did really enjoy the day, I have lovely photos and lovely memories of spending my wedding day with all of my family and friends ... is precious

    If it were my money however, I would certainly not have spent anywhere near that much.
    That's exactly what my friends said. They would have have had it cheaper, had they paid.

    And the photos will be spectacular. The bride often feels bad about herself, but she was just glowing yesterday. Made me all teary!

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    Quote Originally Posted by missie_mack View Post
    Really?? I would never think to include the value of my engagement ring into the cost of my wedding as I had it long before! Considering an engagement ring is traditionally meant to be the same value as a month of wages I would think including that would push the cost of a wedding up
    They had a quick engagement (6 months), so money wise, it all felt like part of the cost.

    But, yes, it definitely pushes the cost up!

    I have my grandmother's engagement ring, so if i married (unlikely) I would just use that to save money.

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    My wedding will probably be around 10-15K...hopefully less, but to be honest, I am not really overly bothered by the cost, nor am I running on a tight budget. In saying that I am also not spending outagous amounts of money on anything.

    My dress so far is the biggest issue- I am willing to spend a certain amount of money on it, but won't settle for something that is second rate. The dress i am in love with is in Sydney though, and I may just trek down there to get it...

    The reception is what I am most proud of- very responably priced. I am having a cocktail reception with lots of lovely canapes and yummy cheeses.

    My engagement ring though is not included in this cost though, and I don't like sharing how much we spent as I am slightly embarrassed by it.

    Quote Originally Posted by MothersMilk View Post
    I still hold a grudge that rude people ordered triple drinks and let their children order multiple soft drinks on our bar tab (10 each - seriously) as that cost me thousands I had someone watching the tab for me but they turned out to be hopeless. I am still mad about that cost
    We did spend a ridiculous amount on our honeymoon but it was the best holiday of my life so worth it.
    It annoy's me when people do that, for that reason I am paying per head for alcohol and only allowing sparkling, white, red, local beer and soft drinks for 3 hours. People can be so greedy.

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    We'll me and Grant will be paying for our own wedding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by missie_mack View Post
    Really?? I would never think to include the value of my engagement ring into the cost of my wedding as I had it long before! Considering an engagement ring is traditionally meant to be the same value as a month of wages I would think including that would push the cost of a wedding up
    I agree, some people have their engagment rings for years before actually marrying... but i guess the wedding bands themselves would be included in the cost most of the time?

    My engagement ring cost than double than the wedding itself! I count it seperately..

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    Wait, missie mack an engagement ring is supposed to be a months wages?

    Oh man I am out of the loop of tradition, how come I'd never heard that?
    I have my grandmothers engagement ring too Msmummy I love it soo much, I don't think i would have found a modern one that suited the weirdness that tis me.

    Man i need to pick some of your brains - how are you making it so affordable?

    I should start a thread for tips to save money on a wedding, or (lol) do a search as there probably is one..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeltronica View Post

    Man i need to pick some of your brains - how are you making it so affordable?

    I should start a thread for tips to save money on a wedding, or (lol) do a search as there probably is one..
    Cocktail reception makes it cheaper- canapes, cheeses, and you don;t have to deal with doing a seating plan which is great IMO as my family dislike each other...My mums family is homophobic, and my dad is gay

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    I had an expensive wedding but we paid for it. The main $ was spent on the reception as we simply turned up to the restaurant and got married so no bridesmaids/video/huge amounts of flowers etc. Just fabulous food and wine for everyone - a big drunken lunch and it was the best day ever!

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    oh no mlb - that does sound like a tricky one!!

    I thought about cocktail, but as me and DF are total foodies and are either having dinner parties, going to big cook offs and eating at a nice restaurant is something we both really enjoy.

    So we figure since it's our wedding we want nice food, wine, and our most loved ones.. unfortunately some supposable 'loved ones' aren't so nice... but DFs parents insist we invite them, I don't know why we 'have' to invite them, as in 8 years we have seen them twice, once at an engagement party (we weren't invited to their wedding though?) and then DFs grandmothers funeral..in which after all the cousins got so drunk some vomited?

    off topic but kinda related - why do all wedding venues have chair covers with bows on them.. it seems like its mandatory or something?


 

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