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Old 10-20-2010, 07:16 AM
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So my friend is getting married. When I heard he bought this ring for $8K I nearly puked.

The whole idea of buying this massive ring and putting on a big welding and starting your life together $30K in the hole .... isn't that stupid or is it just me?

I mean you get married, you look for a place to live, you're thinking about starting a little family together, you're going to need probably 20-30K for a downpayment but instead you're $30K in the hole and that is a conservative estimate not including the honeymoon.

Instead of spending money on a stupid ring that NO ONE WILL SEE, or a wedding that NO ONE WILL REMEMBER, and a photographer taking pictures that NO ONE WILL SEE AGAIN why not buy a boat that you can enjoy for a long time?

I'm not joking - unite and break this stupid tradition.
Old 10-20-2010, 07:25 AM
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There is only one problem with all that, most women dream since they were little girls of their majical wedding. While mine back 19 years ago was reasonable and my daughters was not bad < 10K the wedding is their dream, like your large boat maybe yours.... But I agree starting off with 30 to 40K in debt over a one day event and honeymoon is latching yourself to a bad thing right off...
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My brother's company has been doing a lot of work using aerial magnetic/gravity surveys to prospect for diamonds in Africa. They have been working with people from DeBeers and some Australian mining company. People from those companies have been telling him that if consumers knew just how common diamonds really are, they would immediately stop buying them for thousands of dollars. He is hearing that the diamond companies have warehouses literally full of them, which they trickle out to keep the prices up. They totally control the market. You should be able to buy a nice one kt. diamond for a couple hundred bucks, if I am to believe all this.
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"diamonds...that'll shut her up!"

gringo has it, there are tons of books and articles about the artificial market for compressed crystallized carbon. my wife and i agreed we'd rather have new furniture and a nice honeymoon
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First of all if you think noone will ever see her ring you are clueless. One of the first things a single man looks for on a women is a ring.

Secondly, if noone remembers your wedding, then it wasn't very memorable. Mine was fantastic.

Go to Wal Mart and put one of their "gems" on layaway. You can probably get one for $1000. Or less if you really don't care about your future wife.

Also, you don't need caviar and champagne at your wdding reception. Watch My Big Redneck Wedding if you need some ideas. All it takes is a keg and some mud.
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I'm with ya heeerfishyfishy, all the way!

Gringo, good information and totally understandable and believeable, keep those shiny rocks a commodity and live it up, right! Diamond companies, "precious"-stones, what a sham. I feel bad for the people that get caught up in that crap, sorry fellow THT-Jewlers.

My wife's engagement ring, which she picked out was like $300, her wedding ring was $8-900.

Our wedding came to about $4,000 and once all the gifts were tallied up, we broke even or a little ahead. We called our splurge our honeymoon but even that might have been a $6,000 trip whereas others take $15-20K.

I got the right wife for sure.

I hear stories all the time of those who "had to" spend $5,000 on flowers, ask people if they liked the flowers, "What flowers?"

The "Wedding People" see the poor sheeple coming a mile away, always using that "Special Day", the "Once in a Lifetime"-line to rope-the-dopes into spending. Hey, it is only money, right?
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Easy to fix, knock them up before the wedding plans are made. Saves a fortune!
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Originally Posted by thundra View Post

I hear stories all the time of those who "had to" spend $5,000 on flowers, ask people if they liked the flowers, "What flowers?"
It happens to me every time I go to a wedding. My wife always talks about the flowers on the church, and I never see them.
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I remember going to the "cake-maker" as my Aunt was best friends with him/her, and he said he can only charge so much for them as "It is/was only cake".

Any idea how much freakin' wedding cake costs?, it is A LOT!, a gyp!
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Originally Posted by thundra View Post
I remember going to the "cake-maker" as my Aunt was best friends with him/her, and he said he can only charge so much for them as "It is/was only cake".

Any idea how much freakin' wedding cake costs?, it is A LOT!, a gyp!
Him/her?

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A Heshe/Transvestite/Transexual cake-maker, what is the difference, really?, right? They had to be gay as they charged up the a$$.
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Originally Posted by heeerefishyfishy View Post
So my friend is getting married. When I heard he bought this ring for $8K I nearly puked.

The whole idea of buying this massive ring and putting on a big welding and starting your life together $30K in the hole .... isn't that stupid or is it just me?

I mean you get married, you look for a place to live, you're thinking about starting a little family together, you're going to need probably 20-30K for a downpayment but instead you're $30K in the hole and that is a conservative estimate not including the honeymoon.

Instead of spending money on a stupid ring that NO ONE WILL SEE, or a wedding that NO ONE WILL REMEMBER, and a photographer taking pictures that NO ONE WILL SEE AGAIN why not buy a boat that you can enjoy for a long time?

I'm not joking - unite and break this stupid tradition.
Im with you 100%. Big weddings are the stupidest thing ever, especially since so many end up in court.
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Got married at the government office on Friday, played golf with her in the afternoon. Went to work on Monday. Still married 16 years later.
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Besides, these country club weddings are awful. Everone standing around wit a stik up their a.
A firehouse or VFdub wedding with open bar, cheap kegs of sudz and a wacky dj are more fun anytime.
See ya in the buffet line - save me some mac n chee.
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I've got a good wife. I gave my wife a hand me down diamond from my grandmother. We also went flounder fishing on our honeymoon because we had no money and a free place to stay. I've made it up since but not until I could afford it.

I have a good daughter too. She told me last year that when she gets married she wants a wedding on Cape Lookout and an oyster roast in the yard back at the house afterwards.
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A woman who NEEDS to spend that kind of money = High Maintenance. There are guys that can put up with that kind of stuff, at least for a time.

Lots of shows in cable/satellite, with women that have budgets for $5K-25K wedding dresses, I mean, talk about "seeing them coming."
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Originally Posted by heeerefishyfishy View Post
So my friend is getting married. When I heard he bought this ring for $8K I nearly puked.

The whole idea of buying this massive ring and putting on a big welding and starting your life together $30K in the hole .... isn't that stupid or is it just me?

I mean you get married, you look for a place to live, you're thinking about starting a little family together, you're going to need probably 20-30K for a downpayment but instead you're $30K in the hole and that is a conservative estimate not including the honeymoon.

Instead of spending money on a stupid ring that NO ONE WILL SEE, or a wedding that NO ONE WILL REMEMBER, and a photographer taking pictures that NO ONE WILL SEE AGAIN why not buy a boat that you can enjoy for a long time?

I'm not joking - unite and break this stupid tradition.
WELL IN OUR CASE MY BABY GIRL IS NOT "OUT" ANYTHING ITS HER MOM AND ME AND WE WOULDNT HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY. BUT TO EACH HIS/HER OWN! GOOD LUCK TALKING YOUR SOON TO BE BETTER HALF INTO A BOAT AND NOT A WEDDING
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Originally Posted by Gringo View Post
My brother's company has been doing a lot of work using aerial magnetic/gravity surveys to prospect for diamonds in Africa. They have been working with people from DeBeers and some Australian mining company. People from those companies have been telling him that if consumers knew just how common diamonds really are, they would immediately stop buying them for thousands of dollars. He is hearing that the diamond companies have warehouses literally full of them, which they trickle out to keep the prices up. They totally control the market. You should be able to buy a nice one kt. diamond for a couple hundred bucks, if I am to believe all this.

Hey Gringo...I heard years ago that DeBeers is the "original" cartel.......
same thing, diamonds are only valuable because THEY keep the inventory in strict control.......in reality, they rae just really hard, pretty rocks...

so how are ya?.....long time no hear on FCB...cheers
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Originally Posted by edale99 View Post
Got married at the government office on Friday, played golf with her in the afternoon. Went to work on Monday. Still married 16 years later.
Hole in one?
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Did the big, formal Catholic high mass wedding for wife #1. Flew to Vegas and got married with wife #2. My only regret is that she would not let me have an Elvis impersonator to do the vows!! Still together 15 years later.

However, did just buy her a new wedding ring with some bonus money I got at work. She managed to destroy her first ring over the years. I had that bonus money pegged to replace my steering with new Uflex cylinders. Oh well, next time I lose steering with her on the boat, I'll tell her to use that new wedding ring to get us back to port!!

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