This thread is prompted by my having idly watched the Channel 7 program this evening "Four Weddings". For those who have (perhaps wisely) chosen not to look at this, four soon to be brides get together and compete for some fantastic honeymoon as first prize.
In so doing they describe what their wedding will be like, the essential features of it, and the cost. Tonight's ranged from around $5000 (I think) for a pub lunch and casual ceremony to $80,000 for gold stretch vehicle for the bridesmaids plus horsedrawn carriage for the bride.
Each wedding was eventually shown and the other three contestants got to critique every aspect. This was an example of young women at their most catty and destructive.
The ironic result was that the most expensive shindig came last.
It started me thinking about how much young people spend on their weddings these days. Friends of mine recently had their daughter get married to a bloke with whom she has been living for about ten years. The girl is unemployed and the bloke is in casual employment. They wanted the wedding with all the trimmings, around $60,000.
My friends suggested to them that instead of spending this much on a few hours of festivities, they (the parents) would rather see them use it for a deposit on a house. The young people seem to have no capacity to save, so getting together any house deposit just isn't going to happen and they'll probably be in rental accommodation all their lives.
They have twice actually been back to live with mum and dad because they can't cope!
So maybe even acquiring a property of their own, they wouldn't keep up the mortgage payments.
Some ASF members will have children intending to marry, and some younger members may well be planning their own weddings.
I'm interested in what everyone thinks is a reasonable amount to spend on a wedding and why?