Sure, celebrity weddings are fabulous. But they’re just not realistic for mere mortals. Let’s take the now extremely defunct nuptials of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston.
Brad Pitt & Jennifer Aniston
$43 million estimated annual income
$1 million wedding
(“100 Best Paid Celebrities” Forbes.com & “Love & Marriage, Celebrity Style” http://www.usatoday.com/life/lds016.htm)
With a yearly combined salary in the $40 million range and an estimated wedding cost of $1 million, they spent about 2.5 percent of their combined annual income on their wedding.
Now let’s apply that to the rest of us. If you use the celebrity formula of 2 to 3 percent of
your combined annual income to calculate your own wedding budget, then this is how much
you should spend:
|Annual Income||x 2-3%||Your Celebrity Wedding Budget|
|$30,000||x 2-3%||$600 to $900|
|$60,000||x 2-3%||$1,200 to $1,800|
|$100,000||x 2-3%||$2,000 to $3,000|
|$150,000||x 2-3%||$3,000 to $4,500|
|$200,000||x 2-3%||$4,000 to $6,000|
You may be thinking, “Sane Bride, you really are insane… A wedding for $3,000? What are we going to do, treat our friends and family to fast food?” In pointing out the celebrity to normal human ratio, we wish to simply drive home the fact that you shouldn’t be pressured to mimic these extraordinary events. These celebrities have endless amounts of money and you probably don’t. While we believe that you are certainly extraordinary people, you don’t have to go broke to have a fantastic wedding.