Now that it’s behind us, I’ve been thinking about this. There was criticism over its cost, especially in these tough economic times. But let’s take a look (thanks to ABC News) at the expenses of the Clinton wedding.
Reception Space: $125,000 to $200,000
Wedding Dress: $15,000
Lighting: $75,000 to $100,000
Hair and Makeup: $20,000
Invitations: $40,000 to $50,000
Party Planner: $175,000
Rehearsal Dinner: $250,000
Wow, over $2 million. On the other hand, when you look at these expenses, a great portion is labor. With 500 guests, I don’t imagine the food cost is actually $1500 per person. Regardless of the individual items, you can review them one by one as easily as I can, all in all, there are many people involved in this wedding. The way I look at this, the economy doesn’t benefit by everyone sitting on their money. Spending is the life blood of the economy, and in the big picture, affairs like this play a part in getting us out of the recession.
What do you think? Would we be better off if this money weren’t spent, if the newly married couple just eloped?