Soon after I knew my parent’s situation I decided that if and when I ever get married, I want to pay for the entire thing. I may not be a high maintenance diva (cough-boyfriend-may-disagree-cough), but like any normal girl, I do want it to be lovely, special, and I have dreamed about it since I was a little girl.
The average wedding costs about $25,000. Gasp! While that would be so nice to have, with my current situation I am not about to drop $25K on one day and go back into debt. No thank you. That money could go towards debt, a house down-payment, three trips to Europe, or savings. (See, I’m pretty practical.) So I have decided to have at least $5000 saved by December ’09. I already have $940 saved up. I’d love to save up to $10,000 but I also don’t want to be penniless my first year of marriage. So we’ll see what happens.
Boyfriend status? I am nine months into a long-distance relationship with a wonderful guy. He’s still in school and graduates from college in December 2009, so an engagement anytime soon is out of the question and we both agree. I am realistic and know that there’s always a chance we could break up, but obviously I wouldn’t be with him if I also didn’t see a future between us. I mean, we’re long-distance. That is hard work!
So that’s the little explanation of the wedding fund. I know $5000 is unheard of for a wedding, but when the time comes I know I will be able to make it special. I like a good challenge and it’ll be interesting to see how far I can stretch those hard-earned dollars. Until then, I am perfectly content with saving… and dreaming.