I remember my friend returning from her honeymoon and sitting down to calculate exactly how much her relationship had cost her since the day she had gotten engaged. In her defense, she’s an accountant, so she couldn’t help herself.
Keep in mind that this was over ten years ago and if she did the same cost analysis today, it would probably be double or even triple.
She calculated that she and her new husband had spent $60,000 since their engagement including the rings, the engagement party, the wedding and the honeymoon. That’s a deposit for a house.
They were only one month into their marriage and it had already cost them a bomb. I’m tempted to ask her to update her relationship cost analysis now, over ten years later.