Cold Hard Cash Can Change Everything

Once upon a time there was a girl, a wild and crazy girl that never planned to settle down. Then she met a boy who turned her world upside down, nothing would ever be the same.

A year later she was engaged, 5 years after that, she was ready to start planning the wedding. It’s crazy how life surprises you sometimes.

Okay, so I was that girl and I didn’t know how in the world to plan a wedding…the only wedding I ever went to was in pigtails as the flower girl. Thank goodness for the internet, I searched, ordered catalogs for this and that, read about etiquette and drooled over gorgeous wedding dresses.

Finally I found the perfect place for the wedding and reception, I knew exactly what wedding dress I wanted and all the little details fell into place. I had a budget of $10,000, which was a wedding gift from my parents and I was certain that everything would be covered.

Ready to reserve the date for the gorgeous chapel, my mom handed me an envelope full of $100 bills (100 of them) in the parking lot before going inside. She told me to take it out and see how $10,000 feels in my hands. Once I did, I was floored—it was amazing holding that much money. Then she asked, “now do you really want to give all this money away?”

Crap! Now I wasn’t so sure. Maybe I could find a way to do the wedding for less, maybe there was somewhere even better that wouldn’t be so expensive. After ten minutes of holding all that money, I told her we should leave.

Spending $10,000 on one day that would pass by so quickly seemed silly now. Sure people spend way more than that all the time, but for us $10,000 was a ton of money. So I put it in the bank and tried to find another way to have the perfect wedding for us, but for much less.

And I did, but that’s another post for another day.


Have you ever changed your mind about something after holding the cash in your hands?

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Cold Hard Cash Can Change Everything — 14 Comments

  1. I can’t remember doing anything like this but then I always saw big white weddings as a bit of a waste of money, really. So well done for changing tour plans. Me? I got married in a lovely suit (sound severe but it had lace back ;)), we had a great lunch for our families and even someone sang opera (we didn’t have to pay for the singing or for him to stop doing it) and then had a big, wild party in the evening. The most expensive item I believe were my pearls.
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