What Did Our Wedding Cost?

This weekend we’ll be headed out of town for one of my best friends’ wedding, and it’s got me thinking back on our wedding a few years back, and how simple it really was.

We had a vacation planned, and though nobody knew it, we were determined to get married on vacation, just the two of us.  And it was actually pretty easy and cheap to have what I consider one of the best weddings in the world.

Mr. PoP befriended a boat captain who agreed to take us out on his catamaran and marry us.  We’d get the ceremony, an hour or two of snorkeling, and a sunset cruise.  At the last minute the captain’s wife and kids came along, so we even had a photographer as well as a audience of two tiny witnesses.  After, we ended up at a little restaurant where we had amazing food in a lovely outdoor restaurant and watched as one of the best pianists we’ve ever seen played along to classic silent films that were projected on a screen behind the piano.  All in all, it was a pretty amazing evening.

So what did it cost?

  • I did buy a wedding dress – $35 for a white sundress at the Ann Taylor Loft outlet.
  • The boat was $150 for the whole evening – snorkel gear and photography services included.
  • Dinner (including a generous tip for the pianist) was about $50.

Grand Total: $235* for a night that neither of us will ever forget.

Because of this, I have a hard time when it comes to brides complaining about all the money and stress their weddings are causing.  My answer is easy.

Skip it all!

Not only is it cheaper, but you can still have an amazing once in a lifetime experience that is all about you and the person you are marrying.


* I tend not to include our travel and accommodations in the total since we would have taken the vacation with or without the wedding.  But for what it’s worth, the airfare was about $650 and the tiny studio rental apartment was about $150 for the week we were there.

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