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How To Say ‘I Do’ On A Budget

Wedding advice from credit counselors?

Yep. Consolidated Credit Counseling Services of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., wants you to think long and hard before plunging into debt just to throw a party.

The Wedding Planner“The Wedding Planner” on its Web site can help you create a memorable, yet affordable celebration.

Most surveys say the average wedding costs around $20,000, but we’ve attended many weddings that cost more like $40,000 to $50,000, and one that even grazed $100,000.

If you’ve ever watched those ninnies on TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress, a reality show about a bridal shop, you know that some women won’t even consider a gown that costs less than $15,000.

Expensive ceremonies are lovely if you’ve got rich parents willing to pay for it.

But that’s not an option for most of us, and coping with tens of thousands of dollars worth of catering and band bills charged to a credit card is no way to start a marriage.

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  1. Peter said:
    on May 31st at 10:09 am

    In my opinion, these kinds of wedding celebrations are archaic gift-giving rituals. They might have some value in remote tribal societies elsewhere in the world, but they are nothing more than superficial spectacle in the West. The bride’s family typically pays for the wedding and then the couple receives about the same amount back in the form of non-stick frying pans and cash. What a brilliant concept. Ain’t love grand?

    P.S. It’s too bad Obama didn’t use “The Wedding Planner” before throwing his outrageous inauguration bash.

  2. Lily said:
    on May 31st at 02:39 pm

    I’m sorry, but it’s just not rational to hate Obama so much that even a wedding planning guide inspires a nasty comment about the president? Obama’s inauguration wasn’t any more “outrageous” than Bush’s (either one) or Clinton’s, or Reagan’s. You need to rethink your life.

  3. A.Bundy said:
    on June 5th at 12:36 am

    money is tangible. love isnt. so where’s the value? why invest in a wedding when you can save your money and earn 4% at credit unions? i work terribly hard for my money, so why should i waste it on nonsense like this, and caterers, lavish props, silly expensive plastic looking clothes, hall rentals and god knows what else is involved. all for a day’s nightmare that you never want to relive again.