According to Wikipedia, the wedding industry is a $40 billion/year enterprise. The average cost of a wedding in the U.S. is over $24,000! And that’s just the average…
When we started planning, I was blown away by the rental fees for reception sites. From base fees and set-up charges to catering minimums and chair rental, the mark up is unbelievable. Not to mention the limitations that the venues impose – all the decorations must be down by 11:30pm, you have to use our flower service, an extra fee for a live band, and on and on and on. Good gravy!
I started poking around the internet looking for other options. That’s when I found Young House Love. Sherry and John are a young couple doing it their way. Take a peek at their DIY wedding. I think I found my inspiration!
We know that hosting our own wedding won’t be cheap but we hope it will be cheaper. I guess it’s a trade off. When someone else hosts it, they do all the work. I would guess that’s what seals the deal for most couples. More importantly for us, when we do it ourselves, we get to do it however we want. We’re free to have all the Surly beer you can drink, bonfire bits for toasting ‘mallows, and the finest amateur fireworks display you’ll ever see.