What is the True Cost of Love?

February 6, 2013

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  • Sean @ One Smart Dollar February 6, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    That is a really interesting infographic. I would love to know where the 4 star all inclusive resort they used for this is at. That is really cheap unless it’s only for 3-4 nights.

  • Michelle February 6, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Love this infographic! Luckily we started dating young and were poor when we were in the get-to-know-each-other stage haha

    • Marissa February 6, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      You saved yourself a few thousand dollars!

  • Grayson @ Debt Roundup February 6, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    This is an awesome info graphic that really show how much love really costs. You better hope that person is the “one”! I don’t thin I would waste that much on just anyone.

    • Marissa February 6, 2013 at 1:25 pm


  • John S @ Frugal Rules February 6, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Great info graphic! This really goes to show how much you need to make sure the one you’re dating is the “one” as that is a big chunk of money. My wife and I only dated for three months and have a very simple wedding so we were nowhere near this amount.

  • Marissa February 6, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    I guess the saying is true.

  • Anne @ Unique Gifter February 6, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Hahaha, this was fun! I wish I went out for that many nice dinners and to an all-inclusive every year (especially one that only cost $1K!! …that is virtually impossible, given my location). Also darn near impossible to get take out for dinner for $25 where I live! Unless we’re counting Subway, then maybe it would be possible.
    On the other hand, we definitely didn’t spend that much in several of the wedding categories!

    • Marissa February 7, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      Really? I can go to Cuba for $700 or so.

  • Jacko February 6, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Lave Haters always emphasize the negative.

    Everyone knows you can’t put a price on love.

    The problem with modern relationships is that they are predicated by “things” and not “feelings”.

    • Marissa February 7, 2013 at 2:42 pm


  • Michelle February 6, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Wow! Good thing I don’t like movies. This info graphic is great. I would never have thought about dating from this perspective. I will never show my future boyfriend this graphic-might freak him out! LOL.

    • Marissa February 7, 2013 at 2:42 pm


  • KK @ Student Debt Survivor February 6, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Like the infographic. We definitely will not be spending $26K on a wedding or $2k on an engagement party. I told the bf I’d much rather save the money we wouldn’t have spent on a big wedding on a really small and simple ceremony and “after party”.

    • Marissa February 7, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      That is a brilliant idea. I mean you can buy a car for that.

  • Vanessa February 7, 2013 at 8:23 am

    This made me laugh for so may reasons. Also, do people get engaged after a year of dating? That seems soon to me…

    • Marissa February 7, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      Me too, but there are a lot of strange things happening out there.

  • Danielle February 7, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Because, if not for love, one would be a hermit who never eats out, buys clothes or goes to the movies. You’d just sit at home watching Netflix and eating KD.

    • MakintheBacon$ February 7, 2013 at 10:33 am

      In response to the previous comment, love can help you find that special someone to watch Netflix and KD with. That’s like a typical Friday night for me and my bf! Lol.

  • Jacob @ iHeartBudgets February 7, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    We come in WAY under on every category, except we love so high-end dining. $160 is about right, and we do that once every two months or so.

    • Marissa February 7, 2013 at 2:44 pm

      You’re lucky.

  • Canadian Budget Binder February 7, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Wow, I’m sure glad those numbers were not our numbers as we both saved money more than we splurged on things. It’s not a shock though and I believe it will only get worse in the long run. Weddings can cost a fortune.

    • Marissa February 7, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      I know! I was watching Four Weddings the other and was blown away by the amount of money people were spending.

  • Brick By Brick Investing | Marvin February 8, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Very nice infographic!

  • Catherine February 8, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    They were talking about this on the news this morning, it’s silly I think. There is NO way we have spent close to that and we’re married and been together for 10 years. Our 100 person wedding was less than 10k.

  • Listen Money Matters February 9, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    My fiance and I are working on planning our wedding (in the NYC area) and it’s quite the high stakes discussion. We started at $30k, brought it to just under $20k and now we’re working on bringing it to about $8k. I still think that’s a ton of money for 6 hours that I probably wont get to fully enjoy because I’m playing ambassador but I guess family can exert their pressures :/ Overall I thought it was a pretty awesome infographic.

  • Lakita February 11, 2013 at 7:44 am

    These are impressive statistics and graphs. Let us not compromise our love for our spouses but it pays to be practical. Its for both of you anyway.

    • Marissa February 12, 2013 at 12:39 pm


  • Elizabeth @ Broke Professionals February 11, 2013 at 11:28 am

    $2,000 on an engagement party? That’s called a bucket of chicken and a case of beer with your friends! Seriously, I think we’ve reached a point where we’re celebrating too much. Throwing a pricy engagement party is like throwing a party when your child gets *accepted* into college instead of waiting to throw an actual graduation party. It’s putting the cart before the horse, for sure!

  • Sarah Park February 17, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Being in love is quite costly especially at the start of the relationship. But we have to be practical and must not spend to lavishly. What is most important is you enjoy each other’s company and make memorable moments together.