© 2011 Aaron Atkinson

The Marriage Markup

Pictured above are the flower girl baskets that we purchased for our wedding. We bought them at Hobby Lobby for $5 each. I had a can of white spray paint and I dressed the plain, brown whicker up to a more appropriate wedding color. While these baskets were never designed to be used for this purpose, Laura and I agree that they’ll be perfect.

I tell you all this, because Laura spent days scouring the Internet for wedding flower girl baskets. The cheapest on that she could find that fit the bill was $45.

This example confirmed something that’s been continually reinforced throughout the wedding-planning process… the word “wedding” is a million dollar word. I’ve listed a few more examples below….

Prom corsage: $40. Wedding corsage: $100.

Limo ride: $80. Limo on your wedding day: $400.

Cake: $40. Wedding cake: $800.

Dress: $80. Bridesmaid dress: $250.

Bouquet of flowers: $40. Bouquet of wedding flowers: $300.

Now, it’s not that I’m cheap. But give me 15 minutes and a can of white spray paint and I am convinced that I could save thousands.



  1. Posted September 13, 2011 at 11:29 am | #

    Or at least 40. 😉

  2. Laura
    Posted September 21, 2011 at 3:06 am | #

    All of the memories made after spending those thousands…priceless.

  3. Aaron Atkinson
    Posted September 21, 2011 at 3:34 pm | #

    Dave, good math.

    Laura, not priceless… pricey.

  4. lee
    Posted September 22, 2011 at 2:41 am | #

    hy-vee cake for the win!

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