I Refuse To Spend $30K On A Massive Wedding When I Could Be Using It For These 12 Things

Some women have dreamed about their weddings for their entire lives. For them, it’s important to go big and have a huge celebration to honor their vows. However, there are far more practical ways to spend that money.

  1. A down payment for a house And a pretty significant one, at that. Just imagine living somewhere where you don’t have constant rent increases. When you have your own house, you can do whatever you want with it. It’s your place to decorate, furnish, and live in as you wish.
  2. Further education School can be super expensive, but $30,000 will go a long way if you’re looking to pick up a new trade. Ever want to learn how to be a stylist? Just want to take a bunch of cooking classes? You can really change your life around on the money that otherwise would have been spent on one night.
  3. A savings fund for a future child Kids are super expensive. Even if you choose to keep costs down with exclusive breastfeeding and cloth diapers, there are still a million other things that a baby needs. If children are in your plan with your partner, you might want to cut your wedding expenses way down so that you get a good head start.
  4. A fun vacation If your summer vacations have been a bit lackluster in recent years, think about how much you can amp up the experience with the funds initially saved for your wedding. It’ll be a trip you and your significant other will never forget. Would you rather spend hundreds of dollars on average food for guests you feel obligated to invite or a hundred dollars on an award-winning entree in Paris?
  5. A new car You could literally walk in with cash and fully pay off a car that’ll last you a solid decade with the money that you would have spent on a wedding. Just imagine all of those years you won’t have to make car payments. And if you choose a basic model, you’ll still have a bit of money left over to play around with.
  6. A totally upgraded wardrobe Goodbye, basic tees! With $30,000 at your disposal, you could be the queen of the name brand. When you dress well, you feel well. Your confidence will be sky high with a well-deserved closet makeover.
  7. A significant donation to your favorite charity If you’re a philanthropist and love helping out others, you’ll make a difference in the lives of many with such a generous donation. If you donate a little bit each year, you can be a constant financial supporter of a nonprofit who needs your help.
  8. At least one year of rent Rent varies between different locations, but you’d likely be able to get at least a year out of the way with the money spent on just one night. Isn’t that ridiculous? Many people would rather live stress-free for a full year rather than blow it on forgettable favors for a room of relatives.
  9. A decade’s worth of Super Bowl tickets Fans of the NFL might not believe this but it’s true. Tickets to the big game can cost around $3,000. Forgetting about a big wedding and settling to elope would mean that, if you were saving, you’d be able to afford 10 years of the most talked-about sports event.
  10. 2,500 days of movies If you love going to the movies, just know that you could check out approximately 2,500 of them. Of course, that’s not included popcorn. If your ticket costs $12 and you’re going solo, that’s six years of daily entertainment. Of course, just imagine what it’d be with matinees and dollar shows figured in.
  11. A pontoon boat You’ll be able to sail the open seas with a cool boat like this. If you’re into fishing or just relaxing outside in the sun, this is kind of an awesome purchase that you won’t have to write 100 thank you notes for. If you really want to celebrate your love with your family and friends, invite them to a party on your new boat — most can fit about ten people. Storing it when you’re out of the water is a totally different story.
  12. A debt-free life Pretty much all of us have a bunch of debt, whether from school or our credit cards. If you’re living paycheck-to-paycheck, which many of us are, that $30,000 saved for a big wedding would be better spent making sure your future is a little more financially secure. It’s a nice feeling to know that you don’t owe anything. It’s an even better feeling that a couple of hours with an open bar.
Karen Belz is a New Jersey native who is currently living in Maryland. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication with a focus in Broadcasting and Print Media Studies from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. Since graduating, she has written for sites like LittleThings, HelloGiggles, and Scary Mommy and is currently an e-commerce editor at Bustle.

When she's not writing, she enjoys making her phone run out of memory after taking too many photos of her dog. You can find her on Twitter @karenebelz or on Instagram @karenbelz.