Everyone knows that weddings—the most elaborate and costly form of old school pageantry still acceptable in modern society—are stupid expensive. But it turns out Americans are now blowing even more money than ever before on what's supposed to be the most magical day of any couple’s life together. Money that, to be honest, could be spent on much, much cooler stuff.
The Knot released its annual wedding survey this week, with findings showing that couples arespending a mind-numbing average of $32,641 on matrimonial celebrations. The study includes data from nearly 18,000 pairs across the country. While the cost of a wedding varied greatlyfrom city to city—reaching a nauseating high of $82,300 in Manhattan—the price was steepno matter where couples chose to get hitched. All this despite the fact that weddings (andmarriages in general, honestly) can be a fairly impractical thing to invest in. Seriously, even50 Cent doesn’t spend as much in a day as you’re spending on a reception band alone. Thinkabout that.
The Knot 本周进行了每年一度的婚姻调查，结果发现情侣在结婚庆典上的话费高的令人炫目，平均竟达32641美元。该调查数据来自全国近18000对新人。尽管婚礼的花费因城市的不同而不同(在曼哈顿竟高达82300美元)，但不论新人选择在哪结婚，价格都很昂贵。尽管事实上婚礼可能是项颇为不切实际的投资(说真的，总的来说婚姻也是这样)，但新人们仍旧趋之若鹜。真的，即便 50美分一天的开销也不及你光是花在接待乐队的钱。好好想想吧。
So rather than buying into the Marriage Industrial Complex on a union that may or may notwork out, wouldn’t it make more sense to save your hard-earned money by forgoing the bigceremony for the major expenses you’re likely to face in married life? You know, like amortgage. Or braces for your wallet-draining children-to-be. And if your fianceé is dead seton a fairytale wedding? You could always just blow your financial load on a plenty fulfillingsingle life.
With nearly $33,000 to spend in the life of a singledom, you could get pretty far when it comesto amenities and entertainment. Perhaps the best part of being free from the shackles ofwedding planning is the opportunity to treat yourself. Like, why drop $1,400 on a frilly dressyou’ll wear once before it turns to moth food when you can rock the most expensive shoes ofthe season and look great doing it?
And while weddings are supposed to be all about the happy couple, everyone knows that’s bull, because you have to feed your guests and provide them entertainment and put a roof overtheir heads for a couple of hours and likely go into debt doing it.
In addition to simply having fun, there are some more practical ways to spend your weddingpurse as well. For instance, purchasing and providing for a nice house cat rather than droppingmajor dough on finger bling intended for fending off hotties for the rest of your life. Fluffywon’t care if you bring home someone new every weekend—he’ll just hate everyoneindiscriminately.