When was the last time you went to a very extravagant wedding? Most likely it was a wedding ceremony and celebration that cost close to $25,000.

By the time you get everything organized between where you're going to get married,  where the wedding reception is going to be, and then add in all the costs from wedding planner, the photographer, the wedding cake, DJ or band, food, booze, and everything else in between, the cost is just about at $25,000.

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Michigan weddings cost about $25,000 in 2021. Now wedding planners expect those costs to go up. Just think, a year ago, inflation was about 4% lower.

According to mlive.com:

Wedding planner Lotoya Vongrechin estimates a wedding with 150 guests will end up in the $35,000 range for her clients in the Detroit area.  That’s not fair off from last year’s average for the city, according to market research by The Wedding Report, which breaks down costs by metropolitan area.

These days I can't even imagine paying that kind of crazy money for just one day of perfection. Don't get me wrong, I love weddings and what they're all about, but for many, it's just not affordable.

This is exactly why my wife and I had a private wedding ceremony almost 14 years ago at the English Inn.

It was just family and a few friends and the cost was very reasonable too. We shared our special day with the people we love and couldn't have asked for a better day.

What's that old saying, go big or go home, or is it go small and still be able to afford your home!

With inflation going up these days, we can all understand why big weddings could end up costing couples anywhere between $30K-$35K.

Mlive.com tells us:

The Knot’s survey found 23% of the average wedding budget went to catering, without including alcohol or dessert. This was the second highest category after the venue, which consumed 30% of the budget.

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