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11 Women Who Say the Cost of Their Wedding Was So Worth It

Money Wendy Robinson Feb 16, 2016

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We've all heard that your wedding day is supposed to be one of the most magical days of your life. And, as most find out, magical can all too easily equal expensive. According to a recent study, the average cost for a wedding in the US is over $30,000. Whoa. That's a lot of magic.

While it can be easy to imagine other ways to spend five figures, we found 11 women who say they have no financial regrets about how much they spent on their wedding -- even if they are now divorced!

Intrigued? Click on for their candid thoughts on why spending money on a wedding was so worth it.


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1Totally Us

"I don't have any regrets, but maybe that is because we eloped! But, surprisingly, eloping is more expensive than you'd think. We went to a ski town at the height of the season, and once we paid for room, food, lift tickets, and the actual wedding, we were at well over $3,000. But I'd do it again in a heartbeat! It was totally us." -- Barb R.

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2So Fun

"I was 23 when I planned my wedding and 24 when I got married. I felt like I had to prove to everyone that I was an adult and independent. I won't even tell you how much I spent in 1996, but I probably could've purchased a house in the city with it.

"Despite the demise of my marriage, though, I have such fond memories. It was one of the first times my family was together after my dad died, it was an opportunity to see extended family that my West Coast family doesn't get to see, and we had one heck of a party! My ex-husband and his buddies even did a YMCA show, in costume. It's been 19 years, and people still talk about it -- mostly the cake, the decorations, and the unabashed FUN." -- Suzanne S.


3Keep the Change

"My parents gave us $10,000 and told us to use whatever we wanted for a wedding and we could keep the rest. We spent $7,500 on the wedding, and I have no regrets about our backyard wedding: guys in linen pants, $100 wedding dress, homemade food, mismatched China from thrift stores, [a] day with 150 people we loved." -- Claire Z.



"I come from a tradition where weddings are a VERY big deal. My parents paid for my wedding and I don't know the exact price tag, but it was for sure over $100K. But, on the flip side, people from my culture also give very generously at weddings. We got basically all cash for gifts, and it was enough to put a down payment on our house.

"We don't have kids yet, but I already have a savings account going in case we have a daughter, so she can have what I had." -- Amina L.

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5Thanks, Dad!

"My dad gave me a choice: $20,000 for a wedding or $40,000 for a down payment for a house. He was SO MAD when I chose the wedding option because he thought it was 'throwing money away.' I don't care though, I loved my day: the food, the dress, the dancing, the PRESENTS! I loved it all." -- Name withheld


6The Trip

"I got married in Ireland and traveled for a month -- worth every penny. We had a low-key party when we got back and I'd totally redo it! Even though I am now getting a divorce." -- Sue W.

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7Casual Chic

"My husband and I spent our entire savings ($30K) on it. We had a three-day extravaganza, but it was also an outdoor, justice of the peace, Vermont wedding. Eighty people. We talk about it every once in a while, like about how we could've thrown that money at loans or bought a house sooner, but we both agree it was worth it." -- Courtney G.

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8Destination: Fun

"We did a destination wedding with 50 people including our closest family and friends. The guys wore linen suits and my dress was only $400. Because it was small, we were able to host more events for our guests. The guys went out on a deep water fishing day trip; welcome baskets; meals. Everyone got to enjoy a vacation! Best decision ever for us." -- Serina B.

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9No Regrets

"We opted to do our wedding for just $5,000 since we paid for everything: 7:00 wedding and reception, backyard reception on a friend's acreage, I grew and arranged all the flowers, candles and lights everywhere that twinkled, a jazz band made of friends, my mom made the cake, etc. It was very Pinterest-y but this was pre-Pinterest, almost 16 years ago. It was a ton of work, but the work was done with friends so the prep work has made for amazing memories with friends and family. The actual event was beautiful with a gorgeous sunset and lights twinkling everything, great music, and laughter floating on the air. I wouldn't really change it at all." -- Jennifer N.


10The Dress

"My wedding was AMAZING. Super formal, tons of guests, fancy hotel -- the works, basically. But my parents paid for every bit of it, so I have no idea how much it cost. Maybe $55,000? I regret, a little bit, spending so much on a dress ($11,000) because I wore if for a grand total of 12 hours and that seems insane now. But I wouldn't change a thing about the wedding." -- Becca D.

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11Wouldn't Change a Thing

"I wouldn't change a thing. We had a big wedding at my parents' farm, so we had to rent or buy everything, which really added up fast. Luckily, my parents footed most of the bill. It turned out perfectly. Most people camped overnight and we woke up and had a big brunch with bloodies and mimosas the next day. Friends and family still talk about how much fun it was three years later. I wish I could do it over and over again. There are so few chances in life to gather everyone you love in one place, so I wanted to go all out." -- Amanda K.

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