Why We’re Proud of Our Thrifty Wedding
After three months of planning, the big day—July 1, 2013—finally rolled around.
We posed for pictures before, during and after the ceremony—both inside and outside City Hall. And thanks to my friend’s efforts, we ended up with numerous great shots to help us remember the day.
After the ceremony, my parents hosted a small reception for us and nine guests—Sally’s brother, my brother, my grandmother, my aunt, my uncle, my cousin and her boyfriend, and my fraternity brother and his girlfriend—at a French restaurant a few blocks from City Hall. The wedding cake was so delicious we ended up sharing it with the restaurant staff!
While there’s a lot of societal pressure to splurge on a huge wedding, Sally and I held onto this one truth: An extravagant wedding does not equal a perfect marriage.
Post-reception, Sally and I took off for our honeymoon in Lake Tahoe. We stayed at a friend’s cabin, where we relaxed, cooked and sat by the lake.
We wanted our honeymoon to be a mix of relaxation and fun, so once we were rested up, we drove to Reno, Nevada, for a few days of fun. We paid just $240 for three nights in a hotel, plus food and gas.
Our weeklong honeymoon cost $400—bringing our wedding and honeymoon budget to a grand total of $1,003.
While there’s a lot of societal pressure to splurge on a huge, expensive wedding, Sally and I held onto this one truth: An extravagant wedding does not equal a perfect marriage.
And while our friends and family were supportive and happy for us—after all, their contributions helped keep our wedding costs so low—I’m sure many of them wouldn’t follow the same route for their own weddings. But they understood we had other priorities: to celebrate our love without derailing our financial independence.
As for the money we saved on the wedding? We’re still aggressively banking our cash in an effort to build up enough to purchase our first home next year—and then pay off the entire mortgage before 2030.