Getting married is expensive business, and with the average cost of an American wedding reaching a whopping $35,329, according to Fortune.com, brides and grooms will do anything to save a few dollars.
However, an outraged person using the handle "thebarefootcarrottop" on MumsNet.com--a website for parents in the U.K.--has described the extreme cost-saving techniques her bride-to-be friend went to for her wedding. Her account will leave you somewhat shocked and impressed.
The friend writes that the couple didn’t have a large budget for their nuptials, so instead of an expensive venue, they rented a big house and “got the guests to all pitch in” for the festivities. The thrifty bridal couple asked guests to bring all their own drinks and food for the three-day event--including breakfast, which wasn't supplied.
Each of the three days were themed, so guests were also asked to supply their own outfits for each of the days.
However, "thebarefootcarrottop" wasn't so thrilled by the couples' money-savvy ways, especially when she was charged $190 per night for a room at the house. She was even more upset when she realized that the bride and groom were not financially strained at all, as they recuperated the cost of hiring the house by dividing the total fee among the number of guests. In other words, the couple stayed for free while guests paid $569 each. Ouch.
On top of all this, guests were still asked to buy a wedding present off the list handed out by the bridal party. In total, "thebarefootcarrottop" says she spent $900 on the wedding.
“I just don't think it's okay to be this self-indulgent,” the post finishes.
However, for the bride and groom, this might have been the smartest way to start their marriage debt-free.
So, was this a genius move to keep costs down, or did the bride and groom take advantage of their friends' generosity? We'll let you be the judge.
This post was written by Amber Elias. For more, check out our sister site Now To Love.