Most of the narratives I see about money and weddings are either deeply consumerist or, in reaction to the consumerism, focused on the virtue in frugality. Neither has a whole lot to do with my experience.
I took my disdain for wedding registries a step further and launched a wedding registry site to compete against all the greedy-retailer sites.
Grant: I'm 28, live in Chicago, Ill. My fiancé and I just moved to a neighborhood called Logan Square last weekend. I am a photographer.
S thought it might be fun to have some/all of the bridesmaids stay in a few houses near the venue, and her mom has reserved some houses. Below I've pasted the links to the places her mom reserved, as well as how many bedrooms each place has, and how much it will cost per night (these places might say they have no availability for the nights we need, but that's because she's already booked them).
Mike: Logan, it finally feels like spring! This is how spring affects me: iced coffees/teas (I already bought three in the last two days), rooftop bars or sitting outside for a drink or bite. Free time in the park, or walking along the Hudson, which I've missed doing because it's been too cold to really enjoy it.
I would like an excuse to keep the $250 refund—maybe you could tell me that it's some sort of karmic reward for managing a long-distance relationship for years, while in grad school?—but probably what I really need is for someone to tell me that I'm being a dick.
Logan: I feel like we talk about weddings all of the time always, but ha, I would like to talk about them some more.
At The Week Lauren Hansen regales readers with the story about how she and her husband got married and, a wanting to save money, decided to put together a discounted honeymoon\ in New York City using daily deal sites like Groupon, Gilt, Google Offers, and others. On the agenda: a stay at a nice hotel, spa time, some nice meals, and a Broadway show.
We got married in a judge's private office on a Friday afternoon. Besides my husband, the only other people present were my sister, and three close friends. I told my parents a week before we got married what our plans were, and they asked, "Why so quickly? What's the hurry?" It wasn't quick or sudden for us; we'd been talking about getting married for months. The major impediment we kept circling around was that we didn't want a wedding.
The plan was for me and two other friends to fly into New York City on Tuesday and stay with a friend in Brooklyn for two nights. Then on Thursday morning, all four of us would take a rental car up to Wolfeboro. Things didn't go as planned.
Wedding season is expensive. I’m happy for all y’all’s love but this shit expensive.
Today, Matthew Yglesias argues that we should "just say no" to wedding gifts.
The cost of a wedding in Kyrgyzstan.