But I think that everybody must bow down in respect to the frugality of my amazing parents, and their $73.34 wedding.
|Young Michael Caine. Easily mistaken for my father in 1972. Same glasses, same hair.|
|Young Joan Baez. Again, my mother's 1970s doppelganger. The hair, the bralessness.|
|Margaret and Pierre Trudeau, 1971|
My mother also made her own wedding dress, a simple blue linen A-line, which she later altered to be a skirt. In my re-imagining of this story, I like to think that it eventually became dishcloths or dust rags, but I think I'm just exaggerating.
It is also useful to point out that they used leftover flowers from a previous ceremony (either another wedding or a funeral, Mom doesn't remember for sure). Frugality at its finest! Free wedding flowers!
Anyway, my mother obviously still has the ledger from the weekend of their wedding:
February 11 Priest, etc. $11
February 13 Wedding weekend $19
February 14 Laundry, grocery $5
February 15 Gas, cat food $7
February 17 Chargex (rings) $43.34
For the wedding "reception," they took everyone to the Henry House pub (note: everyone apparently bought their own food/drinks, since I don't think "wedding weekend $19" includes food for ten people, even in 1972)
So, when I am wallowing in the despair of my new frugal lifestyle, I can always look to my mother as a Frugal Icon. (Note: my father is also obviously a Frugal Icon, but he will get his own post later on)