Going by the bay area prices, my co-worker thinks that this is a very wise decision. However, his wife, who had been looking forward to a modest wedding, is disappointed to some extent, though she sees reason behind the decision.
Personally, I thought this was a very sane decision! I have been to weddings in Saratoga hills; Monterey Bay - where the wedding must have cost $50K at least, if not more ! Yes, all of us had a good time, we all admired the flower decorations, the food and other such things. However two weeks down the line, the memory was for a 'fancy party' and nothing more.
Every bride wants this day to be special and wants it to be memorable. The wedding industry is huge and I am sure they are not going to support such radical thinkers :)
We spent $1000 on our wedding - we got married and had lunch with friends and family at a good restaurant (yes, and my friends called me cheap! - we couldn't afford a major festivity; we didn't want our parents to spend their savings on this)
What do you think? Is it worth spending spending so much on a single festivity? If yes - why; if no - why ?