Why are weddings so damn expensive? Why the Myers-Briggs test is totally meaningless 2 days ago   04:43

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A wedding videographer explains the bizarre economics of your big day.


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Michael Solares
That was maaad brief, thought thered be alot more to be said 🧐🧐
rodney parker
Hack: don’t get married
GOLDENSPIKE3000
Anything that involves women being sold a product will be over priced! Women fall easily into the idea that what they get is special and can't be obtained anywhere else.
Echo November
We're planning our wedding, and we're presenting it as a family gathering to vendors to get a better price. Also, if you stall or are evasive on pricing, it sounds a loud and clear message to us that your prices are steep, and we move on to the next vendor. This has been especially true for DJs. If any vendor beats around the bush for pricing, we view it as unprofessional, and it makes us feel like they're trying to figure out how much we can afford and milk us for it. We already had a couple vendors at a wedding show try this. The prices we were quoted for DJs, photographers, etc., would have been enough to feed a village in Africa for a year. Or pay for our honeymoon.

We're getting married for $4k. We are doing as much as we can on our own, we have friends and family who are helping with ushering, catering, and photography. We're planning everything out ourselves, and we're shopping for the best deals. So far, we're coming in way under budget. Destination lakeshore wedding, large venue for the reception, beautiful invites, professional photographer, delicious buffet style catering with a WIDE variety of foods from around the world, open bar WITH a bartender, 80 guests, all under $3k so far.


The honeymoon is a different story... We're at $4k and counting... XD Caribbean with a Spa Stateroom, 3 ports, excursions at each port, unlimited drinks package, extra days at the beginning/end port for extra stuff, and we intentionally grabbed flights with 8+ hour layovers so we can see two extra cities and spend a day in them. Even with all that, I'm hitting every sale, every deal, and I used a miles credit card to book first class tickets to and from for free. ^_^

You can get married for under $30k like one couple we know did, under $10k like another we know, or under $5k like we're doing. It is possible. You just have to be willing to hunt down the deals, cut some of the extras, and recruit friends and family to do what they can. In 5 years, your guests are going to remember very little about the specifics of your wedding. The only thing that stands out about any wedding I have been to is one had horrible food, and another I had a lot of fun dancing. Everything else was lost to time. Spend money on what is important, skimp where it doesn't.
Jacob Smith
I hate this
SlyPanther
$0, never getting married
Theeraphat Sunthornwit
This couple.. wedding... baby delivery.. next is divorce... why is it so expensive for men.
Steamy
I'm happy that at 16 I am done with overspending on stuff like cool clothes and jewelry, expensive items and etc.. hopefully my marriage wont be an excuse to waste money and instead bring my family and relatives closer together. #WoKe Lawl 😂😂
Randy Spears
I paid $600 for a wedding reception. That was it. I find spending enough money for a downpayment on a modest house for a single day event to beyond ridiculous. And you will never ever sell me on "she deserves to be a princess for a day,"

There is just something almost perverse about it. I have to daughters and they know I will not pay an exorbitant amount of money for a wedding. I give the money to elope before I sunk it into an expensive wedding.
Rankine Suen
well...for some Chinese budget wedding, you actually earn a bit of cash from relatives and friends
Manton Channel
Have a Mexican wedding
Jamahri Gaines
Is no one else bothered by these strong whistling “s”es?
John Dieck
Why would your ancestor's have a picture of you?
Kira S.
Go to the courthouse, sign the papers, and then fly away and spend your money on your honeymoon instead.
IGY
wedding wire is AMAZING! I reach out to multiple vendors offering the same thing and I am able to compare prices pretty well!! Having a LUXURIOUS wedding for 4,000 for 150 guests
Christina Kefela
I've been to a wedding with 1200+ people before, African weddings are no joke. My cousin had a "small" reception with 250 people.
Sweet Tooth
Honestly, I’m sure most people are more concerned with how the wedding will be planed that they forget the reason for even GETTING a wedding was to stay with their “lover.” I know it’s ok to make it a very special day, but remember that your doing for you and your lover. AND SOME MEMORIES COULD BE BEST EVEN IF WAS NOT PERFECT!!!! 🙄🎊🎊
Christina Rosario
This is why if I ever do get married I’m doing it at a courthouse and inviting only my closest friends and family and then have the reception in someone’s backyard
Queen of Carrot Flowers
The wedding industry is a scam.
not cool
I just want a pretty dress and nice flowers and good food. I want to look back and remember that it was a beautiful day. Don't know if I care for paying 20K to rent a place for two hours or 5K for a cake that people will take two bites of and throw out. Yeah the prices are crazy inflated but contrary to the comments here I don't see why everyone's hating on people wanting to have a nice wedding day.
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