When Juan and I got engaged, one of the first things we discussed was the wedding budget. We are usually very frugal with our spending and don’t want a lavish life. It’s just not us.
I was doing some research on weddings: the whole process (planning, budget, vendors, etc.), and it was a complete surprise how much money people usually spend on weddings. Did you know that the average wedding cost in the United States is $25,200? I didn’t know that fact, and went a little crazy when I read it. It seems absolutely excessive and unrealistic to spend that much money in a wedding that’s going to be a couple of hours in just one day. With that kind of money, you can buy things for the house or apartment, you can save it in a bank account, there are many things you could do with that money that would be more beneficial for the couple’s life. Especially when they begin their journey as husband and wife.
I’m glad we have managed to keep our wedding budget as low as possible. We are both paying for 95% of the wedding, so it was important for us to keep our priorities in order and think about what’s more important. Generally speaking, we have spent more on our honeymoon (which is going to be two weeks) than our wedding because we felt that a trips out of the country are not as common, we won’t be able to have them often and we wanted to enjoy two weeks for ourselves, and enjoy a new place.
Even with the honeymoon, we have managed to keep our budget at $5,000 and I think we have done a great job at keeping the costs as low as possible. It hasn’t been easy, because most vendors in Puerto Rico charge about double of what they would usually charge everywhere else (especially photographers), but we have made it work.
For a 6 hour wedding plus reception, we couldn’t really justify going higher than that. And I’m so glad we were strict about it. I’m not judging people that do spend that amount of money in a wedding, I just think that it’s not effective to spend that much in an event that’s going to be a couple of hours long (in most cases).
For those of you that are married? What do you think about the whole wedding budget subject? Did you go all out, or did you try to save some money?