If you're debating whether to go elope somewhere or have an elaborate wedding now if you took your wedding budget and INVESTED it instead.  They used the S&P 500 as the basis for their investing. With the average wedding now adays being about $30,000, it is safe to say you would have made a lot of money if you just invested it instead.

If you got married five years ago and spent $10,000, it would be worth more than $20,000 now or if you got married 20 years ago and spent $10,000, it would be worth more than $65,000 now.