Pricey Weddings

The December issue of “Money” magazine makes some interesting observations. It notes that the average couple trimmed their wedding budget by $1500 – to $25,500 – while celebrity and royal weddings hit new highs for extravagance.

For example, when Prince Albert of Monaco married the Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittshock, the wedding cost $65,000,000.  This wedding featured a barbeque dinner for about 8,000 people ($1,000,000) and a dinner for 500 people by Chef Alain Ducasse.

In the United States, the average cost for a reception last year was $12,000.

     When Prince William married Commoner Kate Middleton the reported cost of the wedding was $34,000,000.  This  royal  wedding was readily compared to the memorable wedding decades ago of William’s parents, Diana and Charles.

At William’s wedding one over-the-top expense was $800,000 for flowers and foliage which included twenty-foot maple and hornbeam trees.

In the United States, the average cost for flowers at a wedding was $1,400.

Finally, the celebrity wedding of Kim Kardashian and NBA player Kris Humphries had the papparazzi busy.  This wedding reportedly cost

some $6,000,000.  The couple spent $10,000 on invitations.  Luckily for them, the cost of their divorce announcement, a short time

later, was free thanks to Twitter.

In the United States, the average cost for invitations wass $800.

In the end, it doesn’t so much matter how much is spent on what.  What matters most  is the memories that are made.

Making a chershed memory with a loved one doesn’t have to cost at all, and its value as time goes on becomes truly priceless.

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