I’m pretty sure a budget wedding is a myth like a unicorn. Unless of course, you actually elope and just go to City Hall one day while on break from lunch at work and your reception is a sandwich from Subway. Hey, they have $5 footlong sandwiches. That will feed at least two people!
Throughout this wedding planning adventure I have come to realize that shit is expensive. Although, I’m pretty sure people are gouging brides and grooms, but I don’t have enough evidence to prove this theory.
You know that stuff you see all over pinterest that looks all shabby chic, vintage, and handmade? None of that is cheap. Even if you are lucky enough to have the talent, time, and patience to create that barn door chalkboard on which to display the wedding agenda, you still need the cash to create it.
Also, those apothecary jars full of light orange jelly beans look really pretty on the tables, but who in the hell will eat them? Unless they are Jelly Belly, yuck. And if they are…spendy! What the heck do you do with them when you’re done? Use them as decor in your house? Hooray for dusty jellybeans.
At my wedding, we are having 25 people, not including me and Paul. I thought I could do the whole thing for under $5,000. Um. No. Maybe if we weren’t getting married in Las Vegas, but it seems at every turn I am getting nickeled and dimed…well, more like ten and twenty dollars.
Photography is insanely expensive. Yes, I know it’s artistic and these people are making a living. It’s just that I am still reeling from the sticker shock. I can’t find a decent photographer for under $1,100 and expect to get digital negatives.
We aren’t even having most of the traditional crap you find at weddings. There will be no cake. There will be no DJ. An ice sculpture of Goldy the Gopher? No. Sorry, Paul. Although, it’s cold enough in Minnesota that we could probably do it tomorrow on our patio.
Ok, I did get some favors, but they were not expensive. I think I paid like $50 for the whole lot including shipping. And I don’t have to shove bags of jordan almonds together.
So, we cut back in places that really don’t matter to us…like the DJ and the cake, but we splurge on things that will last a lifetime…like the photography.
Was anyone else shocked by the price of things when they got married or am I just a cheap ass?