If you're debating between quickly eloping to Vegas or having a massive wedding with 300 guests, a performance with a live band and a flyover by the Blue Angels, then you REALLY need to read the rest of this blog.

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Slate.com put together a calculator that figures out how much money you'd have now if you took your wedding budget and INVESTED it instead.  They used the S&P 500 as the basis for their investing.

 

You just put in how many years you've been married, and how much you spent on your wedding and it delivers the MORTIFYING TRUTH.

Like, if you got married five years ago and spent $10,000, it would be worth more than $20,000 now.

 

If you got married 20 years ago and spent $10,000, it would be worth more than $65,000 now.

Keep in mind, that today’s average wedding in America costs around $31,000