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Why do couples spend such outrageous amounts of money,
just to say those two words - I DO?

Should I ever go totally quacky and decide to marry, this would
be the max towards expenditures on my wedding: $690.00 PERIOD!

Dress $50.00, Bouquet - 4 red roses and 1 white one $4.00, Shoes $20.00,
Bra $10.00, Panties $5.00, Nylons - No Nylons - $0.00, Bride's Headpiece - Natural flowers $0.00

Bridal Attendants' Apparel - They can buy
their own stuff with their own money - $0.00, Mother of the Bride's Apparel - Were my mother alive - $50.00, Invitations - I'll make my own $10.00, Photography - I'll have someone take pics with my digital camera $0.00

Reception - 50 guests - everyone bring a plate, I'll supply the BBQ brisket - $50.00, Music $300.00, Wedding Cake - I'll bake and decorate my own $25.00, Church and Priest $100.00, Drinks and refreshments - Everybody bring a bottle of liquor and some sodas - I'll supply 2 Margaritas for
me and the groom - $5.00, Groom's Formal wear - Rented $100.00, Men's Formal wear (Ushers, Best Man) - They can buy their own stuff with their own money - $0.00, Wedding Rings (Bride and Groom) - A simple
gold band - His $100.00 Hers $100.00, Rice - $1.00

Honeymoon - 5 days in a hotel -
Making HOT PASSIONATE LOVE NON-STOP - $500.00. heh heh

ME $690.00, HE $690.00
$Total: 1,380.00

No, I just cant see couples going out and spending over
$20.000 on a relationship which might no last forever?!!

I would NEVER gamble $20.000! I just don't see it!!!

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where you're still dreaming?
That's where I'll think of you."
- Tinkerbell

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You get weak in the knees. Your head starts to whirl.
Before you know it, you're knocked for a loop.
- Bambi


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Feb. 11th, 2006 11:53 pm (UTC)
Well dog gone it, thanks for the idea on saving 5 bucks!
I'll just go without those nasty panties!
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Feb. 12th, 2006 12:22 am (UTC)
Marriage is nothing more than boredom with another person present. Rather overrated too I might add.
Feb. 12th, 2006 01:37 am (UTC)
Just the thought of the institution of marriage is a phenomenon which always gives me the jitters. I have seen more negatives than possitives, so for the time being, I'm staying clear of it.

I think this cute quote by Marie Corelli, fits me to a T:

I never married because there was no need. I have 3 pets at home which answer the same purpose as a husband. I have a dog which growls every morning, a parrot which swears all afternoon and a cat that comes home late at night.
Hugs Sweety Pie!
Feb. 12th, 2006 01:16 am (UTC)
Wow, 300 bucks for music! :)
Feb. 12th, 2006 01:41 am (UTC)
But Honey, I thought we had both agreed on the price!
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Feb. 12th, 2006 01:43 am (UTC)
we didn't.

within hours of him asking my father for my hand in marriage, we gathered our "nicest clothing," hit the pavement to the las vegas city hall on a hot June afternoon, spent under a hundred for fees subway and two bottles of water.

we will be 8 years married this coming 16th of June.
Feb. 12th, 2006 01:58 am (UTC)
See, you don't have to spend 20,000 bucks to get married!

The way you did it is the best!

I just can't see spending thousands on more than half the people you don't even know.

8 years of marriage? YAY!
Feb. 12th, 2006 01:50 am (UTC)
Don't knock it till you've tried it.

-Not that I tried the $20K wedding. We just did a wedding at the justice of the peace in Cambridge, MA. I think with total expenses, we spent even less than your ideal wedding estimates, including my airfare from Atlanta. And my marriage lasted just under 11 years.
Feb. 12th, 2006 02:02 am (UTC)
I've seen couples spend the $20K's on a wedding, only to have the marriage last less than a year.

I'm sorry your marriage lasted 11 years.
Hugs Sweety Pie!
Feb. 12th, 2006 01:51 am (UTC)
...and not to be a 'wet-blanket,' but as 50% of marriages end in a dissolution, the costs become even more. pre-nup agreements are always in order if one chooses marriage...sometimes i wonder 'why' go through the whole 'social' process? it's more about pleasing others and being socially acceptable. so what? ciao!
Feb. 12th, 2006 02:08 am (UTC)
Such insanity! Just look at Love is priceless - weddings cost
Feb. 12th, 2006 02:29 am (UTC)
I think expensive weddings are ridiculous. Connie and I were married at the Justice of the Peace in Brooklyn, way back on August 20th, 1982. Unlike many couples whose expensive weddings we attended, we're still married. :-)
Feb. 12th, 2006 03:47 pm (UTC)
I envy your love for one another. There are so few who have your kind of love, the kind of love that lasts forever.

It doesn't take a fortune for those vows to be taken. It only takes a fortune of true love.

Couples like you give hope to people like me, in the institution of holy marriage.
Love you my friend!
Feb. 12th, 2006 03:02 am (UTC)
The wedding industry is going nuts and is highly overrated. Why spend all that money before the marriage, so many fail and a big wedding does nothing to help them last.

You are my kind of lady, grin...

Nothing aginst marriage, been there since 1966, I am probably in the minority.
Feb. 12th, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC)
It is such a waste of hard earned money, to throw away for one day and for people you don't even know. These couples get into astronomical debt, then worry sick as to how they'll ever pay it. Then to boot, they go into an ugly divorce that also will cost them a fortune!

Couples like yourself are rare, and it is heartwarming to find that you both took your marriage vows very seriously.

Yes, sadly you are the minority. You are envied by those, including myself, who have no faith in marriage. Marriage is not a game, it is the most important step a person will ever take, and they just don't think with their heads. Marriage isn't only sex, but so many more important things, like faithfulness, conversation and accepting each others good points as well as the faults. In a nut shell, marriage is suppose to be, "Till death do us part."
Love you my friend!
Feb. 12th, 2006 03:18 am (UTC)
If you can't see couples spending more money than 20 dollars to the third decimal point then you're cheap :P

I know you mean to put a comma. I'm just making fun of you.
Feb. 12th, 2006 01:52 pm (UTC)
Half of Europe uses dots for the thousands position, and commas for the decimal.
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Feb. 12th, 2006 05:17 am (UTC)
You're making a great deal of sense there. Why spend huge amounts of money on something that may not last.
Feb. 12th, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC)
And even if it should last, what's the purpose of spending a fortune? I never realized that love had to be proven by how much is spent on the wedding. Don't these people realize that they are only making the rich richer?

Has it become a thing of trying to compete with the Joneses? What the hell goes on here? I'd rather spend that money on a house. And by the looks of the statistics, marriages just don't last. It's like going to Vegas and betting $20.000 of your hard earned savings on Black Jack.

I call it insanity of the worst kind.

When two people fall in love, isn't it supposed to be free? Now a days, falling in love seems to have an astronomical price tag.
Love you my friend and hope you have a nice Sunday!
Feb. 12th, 2006 05:51 am (UTC)
Freemind's Marriage service
well as I am an ordained minister of the Church of the Freemind. I will perform the marriage ceremony for a simple price of 1 pizza. My church as actual performed 2 ceremonies in its 15 year history.
Feb. 12th, 2006 04:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Freemind's Marriage service
Isn't it incredible, that they would prefer to spend a fortune, instead of the price of a pizza?! I bet you that those who you performed the marriage ceremony, are still married.

How much nicer it would be for couples to go to a little chapel, with true friends and family and just get married. Then go somewhere for their honeymoon and enjoy each others love.

How sad that most feel they must put on a big show for the world, when they should be putting that money and energy toward starting a secure and happy marriage.

I suppose I could understand the filthy rich spending $20 to $150.000 on a wedding, but I just don't understand couples who work and struggle financially going into such a ridiculous debt, just to get married.
Hugs my friend!
Feb. 12th, 2006 10:03 am (UTC)
I know... it's all so pretentious. I mean, Aileen and I went to the courthouse when we got married...and we both cried during the ceremony. The judge was this wonderful Hispanic Lady who looked at us both and simply said... "...two who start out so passionately, should really find that their passion continues... I hope that it will for you... ". And she lightly touched my arm... She was very sweet... (sigh) You're right. The tons of money being spent on weddings when children and women are being abused and killed...sort of makes me a bit nuts... lol

Love always,


Current music: "Cry Me A River" by Linda Ronstadt
Feb. 12th, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC)
I believe it's all a show of the worst kind; how much better for a couple to go into a marriage debt free.

These people have this attitude of thinking that the more you spend the more successful you look to others. They spend thousands upon thousands on a wedding that lasts for one day, and whose half attendants are strangers. Then they go and buy the most expensive house, and expensive cars, and expensive furniture, and expensive clothes, and max out on their credit cards, then start fighting because they are sinking financially. Then, they get a divorce and spend another astronomical fortune. Should they have children; the children end up the losers because mommy and daddy have started separate lives.

I'm so happy that you and your beautiful wife are so happy together. It makes my heart shine with happiness. I must admit, I'm most envious that your kind of love is the kind that is "till death do us part."

I don't feel I'll ever get married, I just don't trust the way marriages have become. It seems it's all about money, when it should be all about love for one another.
Love you so much my friend!
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Feb. 12th, 2006 04:22 pm (UTC)
got that beat!

rings from nothing but silver, $9 for the pair
a friend to perform the ceremony, free
clothing, faire garb outta the closet, free
parking at the beach, $5.00
license, $65
potluck dinner at the beach, free
firewood for the fore pit, free
good ale for the ceremony, it was $8 for the six pack, but i drank the remaining 5 that week
Feb. 12th, 2006 04:31 pm (UTC)
I think we should all have a contest to see who comes up with the most thrifty way of tying the knot.

I think you stand at number one at this point! haaa
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Feb. 12th, 2006 11:00 pm (UTC)
...One way to save is to just get married at the courthouse then around halloween throw a B.Y.O.B. wedding theme costume party with the hosts being the only ones allowed to dress as the bride and groom.

Tattered wedding dress from thrift store - $3.99
Tacky velvet tuxedo from yard sale - $2.59
Pop and chips - $17.69

Watching the vampire ushers chasing after the zombie brides maids - Priceless.
Feb. 13th, 2006 02:43 am (UTC)
Re: Concept...
Oh, what a fun way to get married, and it's just up my alley, since I buy everything 2nd hand!

You definitely win an award for coming up with the most original, clever, and cheap wedding in history! haaaaa
I win I win... - eeecho_42 - Feb. 13th, 2006 04:41 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: I win I win... - playgirl - Feb. 14th, 2006 12:45 am (UTC) - Expand
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Feb. 13th, 2006 04:16 pm (UTC)
oh please! todo suena muy bonito, pero trata de decirle eso a la madre, y al padre....y la pobre abuela, que siempre ha querido que su nietecito se case por la iglesia, and que ya tiene los huevos que le llegan a las rodillas por lo grandesito que ya esta. y no, no, trata de convencer tambien a los 200+ familiares que ya hasta han comprado tiquets para venirse en avion y estar aqui para la fiesta.... todo suena muy bonito, como Moore's Utopia.
Feb. 14th, 2006 12:53 am (UTC)
Hay que terror, hasta me dieron
escalofríos! jaaaaa

A la porra con todos, que corran
y se casen por el juez, y luego
que se vayan a Europa para
pasar un encanto de amor en
la luna de miel!

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