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Till Debt Do Us Part

December 5, 2010 - Steve Schulwitz
It's no wonder young couples who choose to get married have a difficult time making it more than a few years. The amount of stress from planning and the costs associated with making those plans a reality is enough to make anyone not banking six figures a year have a nervous breakdown.

For the record, I'm getting married, tying the knot, taking the plunge, getting hitched and settling down on June 4th. Now my feet are still at their normal temperature, but let me tell you, some jitters are beginning to set in. It's not because I don't love my fiance or have doubts about spending the rest of my life with her - it's about the cost and the debt we are taking on by having a large wedding. This is going to be my second, and final, marriage. It is also her second. We decided to go with the extravagant wedding and reception because her first was small and rather lackluster. For that reason, I chose to have the type of wedding she deserves, and let's not forget she puts up with me, so she is VERY deserving of a big and elegant wedding.

The expenses begin to pile up before the question is even popped. Buying the perfect ring, along with the extended serve plan, delivers the first blow to your budget. That is just the tip of the iceberg, however. The amount of $100 bills that quickly begin to fly around is mind-boggling.

Finding and paying for a hall, entertainment, caterer, flowers, dress, photographer, invitations, a cake and, most importantly, the bar is where the serious damage to the wallet comes. That's still not taking into consideration the smaller costs, such as decorations for the tables, the garter and gifts for the wedding party.

I have to wonder. What kind of trip could we have taken if we would have eloped? Paris? Hawaii? Posen? I also wonder how big a boat and how much tackle I could have bought if we would have scaled back even a little. It's too late to cry about that now, though, I suppose.

I should note that some of this blog is intended to be tongue-in-cheek, but I can also understand why money issues can affect a marriage even before the first anniversary has passed. For Andrea and I, the wedding event is going to be a celebration of our love for one another and a new chapter in our lives. Will our marriage have a storybook ending? Maybe. Will we give it our all to uphold the vows we are going to take? Absolutely. On that you can bet your bottom dollar. And for me, my final dollar.


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