If you watch those celebrity-stalking shows (I don’t, but maybe someone does), you hear about extravagant weddings (to be followed by highly public divorces). Imitating that lifestyle could be a little cost-prohibitive for some, but thankfully Bankrate.com and MSN Money are here to tell you how to have a fancy wedding without breaking the bank (most likely the Bank of The In-Laws).
The article offers tips on saving money on the bride’s gown, the wedding cake, jewelry, favors, and other random wedding necessities. Here’s an excerpt:
Instead of expensive candleholders, you can buy really cheap juice glasses and put candles in them. You can hit the stores after Christmas and buy jewel-toned candleholders on sale. You can also buy red cut-glass dishes in Target’s kitchen section and put water in them and float candles. Don’t be afraid to spray paint votive cups in your chosen color, either.
I haven’t had to seriously think about a wedding yet, and I’m glad. A friend’s wedding cost $30,000. Is one fantastic day a legitimate reason to go into debt?
But here is a serious question for those with experience with weddings. I’ve heard that cash gifts from guests often recover the price of hosting a wedding. I can’t imagine this would be remotely true. Please let me know what your experiences have shown.
My solution to the expensive wedding is simply to elope, but that certainly doesn’t make most families — or most brides — happy. Honestly, I have no idea what I will do when this issue becomes a reality for me.
Updated August 9, 2011 and originally published April 25, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.