Archive for Wednesday, May 23, 2007

A wedding for $5,000? Book shows it’s possible

May 23, 2007


Every girl may dream of her wedding day, but she might not dream it could cost more than her annual salary.

Your wedding may not match up to those celebrity galas splashed across the pages of InStyle, but author Leah Ingram notes that the average American spends $27,000 on his or her wedding. In her book, "Tie the Knot on a Shoestring" (Alpha, $14.95), Ingram promises she can show you how to do it for just $5,000.

Ingram leads the reader through the wedding-planning process, from setting a budget to finding reasonable prices for just about everything. She also includes appendices like a "Caribbean primer" to help those considering a destination wedding or tropical honeymoon, and a breakdown of companies she mentions in the book.

She assures that $5,000 can get you far; even destination weddings aren't out of the question. Reading books about wedding planning can be just as overwhelming as planning the actual wedding. But to ease the pain, Ingram includes a checklist and a sample vendor letter for couples trying to turn a shoestring budget into a dream come true.

- McClatchy-Tribune News Services


dirtyprettythings 10 years, 10 months ago

$5,000 still seems excessive for a shoe-string budget, although I suspect this book is designed to show how you can have all the frills of a more expensive wedding if you plan carefully and make some compromises.

Ragingbear 10 years, 10 months ago

I can do a wedding for $100. Just get a Justice of the Peace to marry you, then use the other $80 for a nice dinner and a weekend in the Holiday Inn. Then you can like, not start out your new life together in severe debt.

Ragingbear 10 years, 10 months ago

I always love how you see these big expensive weddings, then the bride and groom get back from Niagara Falls and return to their home in the trailer park.

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