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We Need A Cheap Wedding

I am engaged and currently my fiancee & I can't afford to get married the way we would like to w/ family & friends gathered etc. I just want our union blessed by God. We want to be married but can't find a happy medium. Any Advice considering following the laws of land etc.

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 ---danie7535 on 4/29/07
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Unless you live near Vegas. It wouldn't be all that cheap getting there. You couldn't drive unless you want to pay a fortune in gas. You'd still pay a high price going on an airplane. Train takes way to long. I got married at my parents house. There was only 9 people there. That was almost 8 years ago, and we still haven't went on our honeymoon.
---Rebecca_D on 5/29/07

Go to Vegas? But he said he couldn't afford family and friends so how can he afford a trip to Vegas?
Danie. Over here we can just go to the government building where we got the license from and they can give you the number of a Justice Of The Peace who will be happy to marry you with just a few people present who you invite. There are no laws stating that you have to marry in a church or by a preacher.
---john on 5/29/07

Flying Elvi, men in polyester pantsuits.
Does that make them doubleknit wits?
---PB on 5/29/07

Go to Vegas and do a quickie package. Come home and have a cheap reception for family and friends. By the way, why are you in such a hurry? Wait a few more months. This will give you and your fiancee time to save money for the wedding or pay the wedding off, first. Just an idea.
---Robyn on 5/29/07

why not get married at home with the pastor and your family in the eyes of GOd you are matter where you get married...
---irene7395 on 5/15/07

Go to Vegas!
---NVBarbara on 5/14/07

Never mind the law of the land, other than for the legal requirement of a marriage licence. Marry in your church, that does not cost much, and save money on the non-essentials. Why not a second hand wedding dress, you will only wear it once. A buffet in you parent's (or other willing relative's) back yard works fine - choose a summer wedding date. Suits instead of Tuxs are practical, and be less rigid on the bride's maids dresses.
---lorra8574 on 5/4/07

P2 Fewer bride's maids and groomsmen are also a good idea for reducing costs. Colour coordinating with another couple marrying on the same date can save a lot on flowers, but you really don't need to go nuts. Enlist the aid of talented friends and family members for photography and music for the reception - they would be thrilled.
---lorra8574 on 5/4/07

I got married at my mom's house. My uncle was the minister, and didn't charge me anything. There were 9 people all together. Me, husband, our son, Minister, wife, my parents, and husband's parents. It will be 8 years in June. It has been a rough road but thank God we're making it.
---Rebecca_D on 5/2/07

Jack, do you want a wife, too?

I've asked you before, and you did not answer. If you want one, I'll pray for you to find one. I will not pray until you give me permission. I like you alot.
---CocoaPuffs on 5/1/07

Jack, I like you because although you are very stoic and intelligent, you do have a dry sense of humor. And when lala land shows up on the blogs, you have a way of bringing things right back down to commonsense land.
---CocoaPuffs on 5/1/07

The time and the energy that you are spending fretting on the wedding day may more wisely be spent on building the foundational blocks of the marriage - the rest of your life.
---StDaphne on 4/30/07

Susie, the $75 includes some premarital counseling. But I only say that as a guideline I'm not actually paid to do weddings I have the money donated to the church.
---Jared on 4/30/07

If you want to have friends and family and can't afford a reception, have your wedding after the church service on Sunday and have a pot luck. A friend can bake a cake or get a sheet cake at bakery or store. I have been to weddings where it cost nothing beyond what the law required for the license ($50 in my state and only $5 if you get state approved premarital counseling) plus a donation to the pastor for performing the ceremony. I hope you have a wonderful wedding with friends and family to celebrate.
---Daisybelle on 4/30/07

I know many ministers who would perform the wedding for free if you told them the situation. Most would rather see you get married than live in sin. I wouldn't consider $75 as being a low fee.
---Susie on 4/30/07

Are you sure you want to go through with this, buddy? The super high divorce rate means that most weddings are a waste of everybody's time and money anyway so if you are determined to get married do it as cheaply as possible with the least amount of inconvenience for everyone.
---ralph7477 on 4/30/07

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Weddings can be as elaborate or simple as you want them. if you can't afford an elaborate wedding then go simple. All you need is an official recognized by the state and a couple of witnesses. I'll officiate a wedding for very little. like $75. Go to a minister and talk to them. Most will be willing to work with you.
---Jared on 4/30/07

I am not sure what you mean by following the laws of the land. Do as you please.
---catherine on 4/30/07

Tomorrow will be our eighth anniversary. We couldn't afford a big wedding, but wanted all our friends and family there. We bought trays of food, deserts, and drinks at grocery store. My sister handled the reception as her gift. A friend who is a florist furnished flowers as his gift. The entire wedding cost less than $1000 and was done at church. You could have a simple wedding at church with home cooked food for reception.
---Susie on 4/30/07

In some stats in the USA a Notary Republic can perform a Marriages and that is about the cheapest ceremony I can think of. If you are in the right state and have a back account with a full service bank with a free notary services it my not cost you anything.
---notlaw99 on 4/30/07

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I have performed weddings in my home, the bride or grooms parents home or back yard, in public parks and on the square at the center of town (with permission from the city, of course), as well as our church. In these other settings the pastor fee can be greatly reduced or even eliminated (I always eliminated - personal choice not a doctrine of any sort) to make it easier for the couple. They always got the best service I could render.
---Ed on 4/30/07

Are you the Daniel from the blogs who used to be around often? Maybe, maybe not.
I would like to know, I was praying for that Daniel to find a mate.
Jack made a nice suggestion.
---CocoaPuffs on 4/30/07

Elope and have a small party when you return from you honeymoon.
---Madison1101 on 4/29/07

Make arrangements with your pastor to have a private, small wedding in his study or in the chapel, if such there be.

THEN get the license and the rest of the civil requirements after you have spoken with him.
---Jack on 4/29/07

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