A Wedding Costs How Much?! Let’s Elope – Part 1

It was a sunny Sunday afternoon in August. The boyfriend and I were enjoying a lovely dinner with my family, and nothing seemed out of the ordinary until in one fell swoop, he was out of his chair and down on one knee holding a very distracting, very shiny little object. He started giving a…

It was a sunny Sunday afternoon in August. The boyfriend and I were enjoying a lovely dinner with my family, and nothing seemed out of the ordinary until in one fell swoop, he was out of his chair and down on one knee holding a very distracting, very shiny little object.

He started giving a speech I did not hear (I'm sure it was great) and I fell under a spell. No really – I know you've seen the movies where the guy gets down on one knee and stares longingly into his partner's eyes, she clasps her heart in surprise and is left in a speechless euphoria. This is pretty darn close to what happened – I could not take my eyes off of the bling.

Needless to say, a casual family dinner turned into an engagement party pretty quickly, and the next thing you know I'm knee deep in Pinterest albums, researching things like personalized aisle runners and silk boxed invitations.

Being an accountant, it did not take me very long to open up my trusted Excel spreadsheet and start crunching the nuptial numbers. With the help of an embarrassing amount of wedding websites, and a nifty wedding planning book that promised to pay for itself, I was able to create a pretty itemized list of my wedding must-haves.

Just as my book told me to, I started allocating my budget to different categories- adjusting the amounts up or down a bit based on personal preference. I had not made it past the 'Attire' and 'Floral' sections before my budget was completely blown. As a disclaimer – I consider myself very practical and … err … economic.

So off I went – back to the drawing board. With more help from Google and some light research, I came up with a more realistic budget (read: way more than I ever thought we would need to spend, but I can not really cut out the wedding cake entirely, can I?) .

It was on this day that I learned by First Lesson of Wedding Planning (LOWP): add the word 'wedding' before absolutely anything to inflate the price faster than you can say 'I do'. Photo album- $ 50. Wedding photo album- $ 500.

My fiancee and I were shocked, to put it mildly, by how much it all cost. Being in our early twenties, and without mommy and daddy footing the bill, my heart is set on eloping. However, until I can convince my better half that this is the way to go, I'm on the wedding planning journey – bank account be damned.