Thursday, October 4, 2018

5 Things You DON'T Need for Your Wedding

About once a week on reddit there will be a thread about wedding horror stories (NSFW if you want to read one here).  I'm always pretty shocked at what people do before and after their wedding--both with their money and their social decisions--when it is all so unnecessary.  Living in Las Vegas, the wedding capital of the world, you see a lot of "what not to do" when it comes to weddings...

  1. A blow out bachelor/bachelorette party.  People spend so much money getting drunk and walking down the Strip, hitting up strip clubs, paying ridiculous cover charges to get into night clubs...literally the money they spend here could make a nice down payment on a house in some cases!
  2. A big wedding ring that you have to pay on for years.  Judging by the number of rings you see in pawn shops, the money would have been better spent on a smaller ring (and maybe marriage counseling!).
  3. Special wedding anything.  As soon as you look for something prefixed by "wedding"--cakes, invitation, dresses, etc--the price automatically shoots up astronomically.  Regular invitations can be done at the fraction of the price and, you know, people will still know they've been invited to a wedding.
  4. The big blow out wedding.  Weddings range from the drive-thru sort to the $25 million dollar sort in Las Vegas.  I've never understood the need to spend a fortune on a wedding when more than 50% of weddings end in divorce.  It always seemed like the money would be better spent on a blow out party if you stay married for 25 or 30 or 50 years.  But that's just me I guess...
  5. Divorce.  We are also the divorce capital of the world, in part because Nevada was the first state to have very quick no-fault divorces (Britney Spears may have set a record with her marriage of 55 hours before getting divorced).  It's a sad state of affairs when it comes down to a Las Vegas divorce :(


  1. I received a diamond the first time. If there is a next time, I will have a cz. Years ago, I said I would spend the money on my yard instead of a wedding venue. Music would be just a playlist on my karaoke machine. Food--grilled in the yard and cold dishes prepared ahead of time. I will go cheap all the way.