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Saturday, December 17, 2005

Our Frugal Wedding, Part II

Once Andrew and I decided that we didn't want to deal with the hassle, stress and expense of a traditional American wedding, we started kicking around other ideas. Vegas, Justice of the Peace, etc.

There were a lot of other strange factors involved, but suffice to say that we needed to do it quickly before my quit date at work, which was rapidly approaching for our move to Austin. So we went down and got our state of CA paperwork, that was about 75 to 100 dollars. Then we got some wedding bands. Here we splurged a little, that was about 600-700 dollars total for the two of them.

A friend of ours is a minister [well, minister enough for legal purposes. Heh.] so he and three of our friends met up with us at a local Japanese garden for a small ceremony. Parking/Entrance Fee: 9 dollars.

After a five minute exchange of vows and rings in a beautiful, tucked away corner of the garden, we headed to a small Italian restaurant and treated everyone to a big lunch and official marriage paperwork signing. Lunch and Drinks: about 150 dollars.

Our parents received email notification that the deed was done [they knew it was coming, at least], and about 3 months later we had a big, big party at a restaurant near my Grandma's house in Upper Michigan as the reception. That part was a gift from my parents and it was modest, though not cheap. Probably a few thousand dollars. Not bad for a hundred guests.

All told for us, less than 1000 dollars. And we're just as legally married as folks who spends tens of thousands of dollars. We used the difference on the down payment on our house.


Blogger Empty Spaces Inc. said...

thats awesome.
my wife's wedding dress wasn't perfect so she'd rather redo the whole thing!

12/20/2005 01:58:00 PM  

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