Weddings come in all sizes and costs

Weddings come in all sizes and costs

There are 29 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jul 24, 2008, titled Weddings come in all sizes and costs. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

W ho says you have to break the bank to have a wedding to remember? Today's column proves you can spend as little as $107 and still have memories that last a lifetime.

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Jen

Chicago, IL

#1 Jul 24, 2008
These letters are getting old. Who cares what people spend on their weddings? I will agree that going into debt for what essentially amounts to a party is silly, but who's to judge if someone can afford to spend $100K on a reception?

My wedding had a pretty hefty price tag, and we're no worse for the wear.
rebecca

Savage, MN

#2 Jul 24, 2008
Wow, I am jealous of Greta's wedding, it sounds fabulous -- all you need is family, friends and enough love to last a lifetime! Sounds like she has it all :)
Angelique

Portland, OR

#3 Jul 24, 2008
No! Not more wedding stories. Arggg!
Even Steven

Somerville, NJ

#4 Jul 24, 2008
Yet another advice column with no actual advice.
LadyJaye

Baltimore, MD

#5 Jul 24, 2008
I applaud Greta's simple wedding, but I have to point out that while she and her husband only spent $107, the husband's mother did host a gathering for them (at some cost)... still inexpensive, but if you only count what *you* spend it's a little misleading...
(Why am I even bringing this up? Arg, I agree with Jen think this is a stupid topic of conversation and yet here I am! You got me, Cheryl :))
Judy

Melrose Park, IL

#6 Jul 24, 2008
Why can't everyone just have what they want and leave it at that. I got married in 1970 and had the kind of wedding I wanted, I have no idea what it cost - my parents paid for everything, at their insistence. My daughter married in 1998 and my husband and I (same husband from 1970) made sure she had the wedding to remember.

Since: Mar 08

Eden Prairie, MN

#7 Jul 24, 2008
Three cheers for Cheryl. Another milestone in completely useless drivel disguised as an advice column.
messenger

Sheboygan, WI

#8 Jul 24, 2008
Am I the only one that loves this crap?
WOW

United States

#9 Jul 24, 2008
Are honeymoons considered in the cost of a wedding?

My hubby and me got married in a courthouse. I dont think we paid anything except for the marriage license....
Our honeymoon was to Wis Dells. We splurged on a room with a hottub. LOL I think we spent tops $400 on that 2.5 day trip.
Heinie

Girard, OH

#10 Jul 24, 2008
At least they've made an effort to get married, whether its $10k or $100. Some couples never do and wonder why later on they can't pull each other's plug.
Heinie

Girard, OH

#11 Jul 24, 2008
messenger wrote:
Am I the only one that loves this crap?
Nope. The Regulars haunt these boards, complain loudly, but love it in their own special way.

Since: Jun 08

Columbus, GA

#12 Jul 24, 2008
messenger wrote:
Am I the only one that loves this crap?
I love weddings. I've been toying with the idea of becoming a wedding co-ordinator or just making wedding cakes & specialty desserts. I've got about 2 more years of having to work in the rat race and then I can do what I want.
Stepmonster

United States

#13 Jul 24, 2008
I agree that people should have the wedding that they would like, as long as they can pay for it. My step-daughter informed us that we "owed her" $3,000 for our share of her wedding. No please, no nothing. I had 60 people at our wedding for mass and brunch and it was wonderful, and cost way less than what we "owe" for her wedding!
A Cops Wife

United States

#14 Jul 24, 2008
Even Steven wrote:
Yet another advice column with no actual advice.
I couldn't agree more!
ajh

Stockton, CA

#15 Jul 24, 2008
Jen wrote:
These letters are getting old. Who cares what people spend on their weddings? I will agree that going into debt for what essentially amounts to a party is silly, but who's to judge if someone can afford to spend $100K on a reception?
My wedding had a pretty hefty price tag, and we're no worse for the wear.
I agree, we had the wedding we wanted, and had one hell of a honeymoon that cost probably about as much as the wedding. We didn't go into debt, we didn't demand that anyone contribute, we already owned our house, and we're doing just fine thanks.
Honestly, my only regrets involve not spending enough $$. I wish we had hired a better photographer, and I wish I had opted to get a videographer. We didn't skimp because of budget issues, just hindsight I guess, I didn't realize how much I wanted a video until the day after the wedding, and I should have done a better job picking a photog.

“People are fun to watch”

Since: Aug 07

Chicago

#16 Jul 24, 2008
Stepmonster wrote:
I agree that people should have the wedding that they would like, as long as they can pay for it. My step-daughter informed us that we "owed her" $3,000 for our share of her wedding. No please, no nothing. I had 60 people at our wedding for mass and brunch and it was wonderful, and cost way less than what we "owe" for her wedding!
Ooooh Stepmonster, I love your name! I resemble your name! Just ask my stepkids, they'll tell you.

I am not as tired of how much weddings cost as a topic as I am of the "who escorts the bride down the aisle and is it called giving her away" topic. I got married twice. First one cost less than $1000 and lasted 21 years. Not that they were all thrillingly happy years, but I definitely got my $1000. The second one cost about the same, and so far it's been 8 really great years. The first time I couldn't afford much, the second time, just wanted to have a fun wedding that was simple. You should do what you want and spend what you want.
Matilda

Peoria, IL

#17 Jul 24, 2008
messenger wrote:
Am I the only one that loves this crap?
*sigh* No. No, you're not.:-) It's not my favorite topic, but it is interesting to me. I appreciate all the different perspectives.

I'm 30 and dating the guy I'd eventually like to marry. We both have good jobs, so money wouldn't be too much of a problem if we saved for a bit, but we are both pretty low-key people who don't like unneeded stress. In my mind I can't decide between the medium size traditional family shindig, eloping to Vegas, the oceanside destination wedding, or the local justice of the peace/reception at a steak house affair.

Meh. I guess we'll see :-D
Slickster

Miami, FL

#18 Jul 25, 2008
A Cops Wife wrote:
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I couldn't agree more!
At last! Others are coming to the conclusion that there is no Cheryl Lavin, just an office grunt that pens two lines, then goes through leftover "Ask Abby" letters and glues them into a column. This woman hasn't written a full paragraph in weeks!
suzyq

Princeton, IL

#19 Jul 25, 2008
If you have more money than God then by all means drop 30 40 or 50K on a wedding. But if you are young, saddled with college loans, drive a beater, rent an apartment and have no furniture etc than you are an idiot to spend money on a show. Celebrations can be beautiful and inexpensive at the same time.
Waste of Money

Chicago, IL

#20 Jul 25, 2008
There should be small celebration when you get married and if you last 10 years then have medium size celebration and if not you don't waste any money for a woman's silly disney land fantasy. If you make 25 years, have a all blown out black tie event. That's when you should spend money....not for the initial celbration... due to the fact 50% of all marriages end in divorce.

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