Father of Bride Sells 'Amazing' Treasure to Pay for Daughter's Pricey Wedding

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spider manWhether you've experienced it firsthand recently or have drawn conclusions from reality shows like Four Weddings and Say Yes to the Dress, you'd have to be living under a rock to not know that weddings are crazy expensive these days! So expensive, in fact, that some people are resorting to selling precious antiques and other valuable possessions just to get their vendors paid! Well, at least that's the route one father of a Cleveland bride took recently.  

Richard Schaen, whose daughter Jane is getting married in two weeks, was worried about the cost of the wedding. But then he remembered he has amassed a rather valuable comic book collection over the years. One rare find: A copy of Amazing Spider-Man No. 1, which he bought for 12 cents in 1963. He decided to list it for sale online and ended up nabbing $7,900 for it. Nice!

Turns out that if it had been in even better condition, he may have gotten up to four times that amount! Damn, coulda meant even MORE guests/flowers/hours of open bar! Ha. But no, in all seriousness, Schaen was elated and told the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

I gave my daughter a promissory note for the money with a picture of the Spider-Man comic, which we can use to pay for a big part of the catering for her reception.

Awesome! SO sweet. But at the same time -- ouch ... I guess Schaen didn't seem too emotionally attached to the comic book, but what a statement his sale makes about a typical wedding's price tag. Note how he said "a big part of the CATERING for her reception." Not even all of the catering. And just the catering. That's not even taking into consideration any venue charges, the decor/flowers, hair/makeup, photographers, videographers, photo booth (or maybe slow motion booth!), wedding rings, honeymoon, officiant fee, ughhh.

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Sure, Jane Schaen could have passed on a wedding with that particular price tag, but maybe she and her fiance wanted to include their whole family. And when it comes to a wedding of a certain style, size, and in a particular location (like the east coast or a bigger city), you quickly learn some things simply cost what they cost. Then it's easy to find yourself feeling like you're stuck between a rock and a hard place. But Richard Schaen sure showed us the best fix for that: Be resourceful, start digging, and you may find buried treasure to trade in for wedding cash!

What do you think about what this father of the bride did for his daughter?

 

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nonmember avatar Chris

I think he is a smart man. Many people go into debt to pay for weddings. He found something he owned and sold it. I would've done the same thing. My daughter's wedding is more important than any collectible.

nonmember avatar Chris

I think he is a smart man. Many people go into debt to pay for weddings. He found something he owned and sold it. I would've done the same thing. My daughter's wedding is more important than any collectible.

nonmember avatar Kelly

What I dont understand is if you cant pay for your wedding why can't you just go to Vegas or the courthouse? You don't need a big wedding. Its not worth getting in debt or selling valuable items for. Its about love, two people becoming one. Bringing the families together. People really need to get a grip and see what weddings really are about!

Todd Vrancic

It sounds like he did it as a gesture of love for his little girl.  And Kelly, he could pay for it, he just needed to sell off a collectible to raise some of the cash.  Lots of people sell collectibles when they find out how valuable they are.

Blues... Blueshark77

That was really a sweet, generous thing to do for his daughter. On the other hand I think weddings are way overpriced, especially considering how many end up in divorce. I am more than okay with a courthouse or Vegas wedding even though my family could afford a wedding. My mom said she would pay me to elope rather than deal with the stress of a wedding. Done! :)

RoseFan1 RoseFan1

1...WHERE ARE THEY GETTING MARRIED?! That would have paid for a gown, a venue AND catering where I am. and PLUS some for the honeymoon! The ceremony would have a BEAUTIFUL gazeebo to decorate your way, you can decide to do a country themed and leave their decor in the reception area or provide your own. Im having a Disney themed wedding, taking ideas from DisneyWorld Weddings, and encorporating my own quikiness here and there, and my dress is an Alfred Angelo Disney Inspired dress. All Im saying is THAT is an OVER outrageous price, SPECIALLY if you know you cant afford it! were staying within our means, It may not be 100% my dream, but it will be close!


2...yes, I would feel bad that my dad saw us struggling with this and decided to sell something of his like that, well, maybe not a comic book, because really? other than money value, whats the point?! but my dad doesnt have any of those that I know of, so I worry about the other stuff he has in the house. Id feel like crap! not even gonna lie, Id sit there ALL day knowing the reason I was able to try and enjoy my day the way it is is because HE gave up more than just time for me...wouldnt exactly be able to relax or enjoy the day.

nonmember avatar Amy

Rosefan1, though its not what *I'm* spending, do you realize the national average for wedding cost is somewhere around $25K? Not everyone lives in Podunkville. Vendors know brides will pay it, so they charge a lot.

Aslen Aslen

That's sweet of him, but there's NO WAY I could have let my father do that

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