Technically I am an ordained minister. But it’s through one of those online churches that exists just to allow people to officiate weddings. Becoming a minister literally took less than 60 seconds. A text conversation with my friend trying to organize her wedding went like this:
Her: Hey, I know you do lots of random stuff, but do you happen to be a minister able to officiate weddings?
Me: No, I’m not.
Me: No wait. Now I am.
Her: Cool, you’ve got the job.
And regarding the CHEAP weddings. Well, I’ve officiated two weddings in my life and they both HAPPENED to be extremely beautiful yet low cost weddings.
The first wedding (left picture) was a small ceremony held atop one of the tallest hills in San Diego overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Mission Bay, downtown, and sweeping views. We all went to dinner afterwards. It was a blast.
The second wedding I officiated was for my best friend. He sent the invites out via “evite”. What I’m about to say is the absolute truth: While he and I were driving to the wedding ceremony he kept making me pull over so he could jump out and secure a venue for the reception and his 50+ guests. And this was on Kauai that probably doesn’t have a suitable venue for that on the entire island. But he figured it out. A local restaurant let us take over half their small place, without nearly enough chairs for everyone.
And guess what. Both the weddings were magical, fun, memorable, exciting and successful! I’ve never lost a patient as both couples are still married (with two kids each!) They also had an absolute rock star officiant, who frankly has a future waiting for him in stand up comedy.
So remember, your wedding can be whatever you want. Don’t feel the need to spend the $30,000 US average. It probably won’t make for any more of a memorable or joyful event.
As always, reminding you to build wealth by following the two PFC rules: 1.) Live below your means and 2.) Invest early and often.