• By figuring out how much you can afford and what the memories of the wedding are worth. +5
  • if it exceeds value of combine properties and savings of 2 persons get married then it is too much.
  • I think if you have to max out a credit card, remortgage the house, use up your long term savings (like an RRSP) or take out a loan to pay for a wedding, it's too much! I think it's irresponsible to spend money that could be used as a down payment on a house for a day. Yes it's a special day but will all those extra frills matter 30 years down the road (especially in this day when over 1/2 of marriages end in divorce).
  • (1) the couple's desires; (2) her parent's savings, income, proximity to retirement, insufficiency of retirement savings, college expenses ... personally, i'm more fond of a moderately priced wedding and then giving them a surprise like paying off their student loans or making the downpayment on their house.
  • In terms of money, there's probably some rule involving a ratio and your annual income. But I think that more people should considder this question in terms of extravagence. When it becomes more like a fancy party to impress your friends and relatives than a declaration of your undying love to each other and marking the beginning of your life together as a devoted couple, then it is too much. Too many people give themselves anurisms worrying about little things that turn imperfect. If the person you adore above all else is there, and they sincerely declare that they want nothing more than to spend the rest of their life with you, THEN it is the perfect day, no matter what. Don't fret the little stuff.
  • When wedding expenditure is more then what you can make.

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