The Brides American Wedding Study found that the average cost of a wedding in 2018 was over $44,000. Consider for a moment what you could buy with $44,000. That might be a 20% down payment for a new home for you and your spouse in some neighborhoods. You could start from scratch and accumulate a sizable emergency fund while still having money to contribute to retirement. Your progress toward one of your savings objectives could be accelerated. Instead, a lot of couples decide to spend this sum all at once on a single day. Of course, when you aren’t the one getting married, it’s simple to say that $44,000 is too much to spend on one day. However, that oversimplifies a complex issue that lies at the heart of the initial motivation for why couples spend such hefty sums of money. Depending on the family and values of a couple, they may view the wedding as an opportunity to bring everyone together as a reunion, particularly if people have relocated or become busier. They might not have another opportunity to catch up with everyone after this. Unfortunately, your wedding will cost more the more guests you have. Some couples believe the expense is worthwhile if it allows them to spend time with their loved ones. There are more expectations when there are more visitors. If their friends who had beautiful weddings will be there, a couple might feel under pressure to have a beautiful, expensive wedding. Or a couple might want to astound their relatives. Couples are under more pressure to have a perfect wedding because people have a tendency to compare weddings, especially when a string of them is taking place.