Brides, we get it — weddings are expensive AF. From the jaw dropping costs of a live band to those pricey peonies you just have, have, haaave to have, that wedding bill can rack up real quick. And with more and more brides and grooms taking on the financial burden themselves, it's getting harder for couples to pay for that "dream wedding" they've always envisioned. Luckily for you, we've created a Pinterest-worthy guideline on how to throw a wedding for 15K or less! But we digress. What this article is really about is how NOT to cut costs for your big day.
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NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 16: Musician Solange Knowles (wearing a pre-ceremony ensemble by Stephane Rolland) and her fiance, music video director Alan Ferguson, ride bicycles on the streets of the French Quarter en route to their wedding ceremony at the Marigny Opera House on November 16, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/WireImage)
RHINEBECK, NY - JULY 31: In this handout image provided by Barbara Kinney, Marc Mezvinsky (L) and Chelsea Clinton pose during their wedding at the Astor Courts Estate on July 31, 2010 in Rhinebeck, New York. Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, married Marc Mezvinsky today in an interfaith ceremony at the estate built by John Jacob Astor on the Hudson River about two hours north of New York City. (Photo by Barbara Kinney via FilmMagic)
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West married on May 24, 2014
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I am thankful for so many things... family, good health, career... the obvious things... but on this day I am thankful to be alive. I am thankful to love and be loved and to be open to embrace folks that are different than me and respect their uniqueness and not see them as a threat to my existence. So my prayer on this Thanksgiving... to embrace the FACT that we ALL matter. We ALL have value. We ALL deserve to love and be loved... as we are all worthy. Rp @dwyanewade
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie got married on August 23, 2014
SOUTHROP, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 01: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Jamie Hince and Kate Moss kiss as they leave St. Peter's Church after their wedding on July 1, 2011 in Southrop, England. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 27: Mariah Carey and her husband Nick Cannon during their wedding vows renewal ceremony, photocall on April 27, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
BRACCIANO, ITALY - NOVEMBER 18: In this handout photo provided by Robert Evans, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes pose together at Castello Odescalchi on their wedding day November 18, 2006 in Bracciano, near Rome, Italy. (Photo by Robert Evans/Handout via Getty Images)
Odescalchi Castle, Venue for Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes Wedding at the Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy. (Photo by Harry Hewitt/WireImage)
LONG ISLAND, NY - JULY 04: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Billy Joel and Alexis Roderick tied the knot at a surprise wedding on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at their estate in Long Island. The couple surprised guests at their annual July 4th party by exchanging vows in front of their family and close friends.The intimate ceremony, which was held at Joel's estate on Long Island, was presided over by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, 57, a longtime friend. (Photo by Myrna Suarez/WireImage)
Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, 34, married Gwen Stefani, 32, of the band No Doubt at a St Paul's Cathedral in Covent Garden in London on Saturday, September 14, 2002. (Photo by Thomas Rabsch/WireImage)
BEL AIR , CA - SEPTEMBER 28: An aerial view is shown of the house where musicians Gwen Stefani and Gavin McGregor Rossdale held a wedding reception September 28, 2002 in Bel Air, California. The couple recently married in London, England. (Photo by Mel Bouzad/Getty Images)
This picture shows a general view of the Bagno Egnazia resort in Fasano, in the southern Italian region of Puglia, where actors Justin Timberlake and fiance Jessica Biel will stay during their wedding on October 19, 2012. Timberlake and Biel will get married over the weekend on October 20 and 21. AFP PHOTO / DONATO FASANO (Photo credit should read DONATO FASANO/AFP/Getty Images)
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BEDMINSTER, NJ - OCTOBER, 25: In this handout image provided by Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump (R) and Jared Kushner (L) attend their wedding at Trump National Golf Club on October 25, 2009 in Bedminster, New Jersey. (Photo Brian Marcus/Fred Marcus Photography via Getty Images)
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Reddit user bootsmegamix was taken aback when he received a legitimate bill for one of his friend's weddings. He asked the social media community, "How many of you have paid for your meal at a wedding? My girlfriend and I are expected to pay $80-100 each for our meals at an upcoming wedding, [and] the bride says it's an 'unspoken tradition.' I've been to a few weddings and never heard of such nonsense. I asked my uncle and he said that that was ridiculous, but the bride's family insists that it's a tradition and that's how it's supposed to go. I've never paid to go to a wedding reception and I'm definitely not about to start."
Needless to say, Reddit users were equally as appalled. ProbablyNotWorking wrote, "Hell no. You feed me, I give you a bread maker. That's the tradition." Another user, jgmerek said, "I am actually a caterer. I have catered weddings for almost 20 years, literally hundreds if not thousands of weddings. I have never heard of this being done even once."
Idratherboating even offered a solution for couples struggling to pay for such an expensive soireé by saying, "I used to film weddings for a living. I have been to several hundred events. If they can't afford dinner for everyone they have a late evening wedding with finger foods at the reception. Then they have a cash bar as well. Don't pay for your dinner at 80-100 per plate. If they did want to charge for dinner and didn't want to make a profit they would do something more affordable like ask you to bring a casserole, dessert, or salad. People are more than happy to pitch in to make the day special, but not if you ask like that. Come on!"
With a general consensus of "aw heck no," bootsmegamix decided to stick with his tradition — giving a present and leaving it at that. He wrote, "If we have to pay for a meal, I'm sure there's a McDonald's nearby." Sure beats the $100 price tag!