My cousin, whom I’ll call Bubbles, has been dating a very nice man I’ll call Jeff for a few years. After nearly breaking up with him several times for reasons none of us really understand, he proposed to her on a trip to Europe and she giddily accepted. The rest of the family really like Jeff and thought he would be a good, stabilizing influence on Bubbles’ somewhat erratic way of going about life. They are currently planning a “wedding” for Memorial Day weekend of next year and are saving up so they can impress their trendy friends with the splendor of it all.
However, I found out that they had recently gotten married at the court house!! At first I was understanding, although a little hurt because my sister who lives in their city was invited along with both sets of parents, who were apparently not told in advance and surprised by the ceremony. Maybe she had gotten pregnant or maybe they were just too excited to wait for their big shindig? But no, the reason they got hitched was that Jeff had calculated he would save some $10,000 dollars on his taxes for this year by taking advantage of the marriage credits.
Now I’m thinking Jeff is a little TOO practical, and wondering whether that money will go towards entertaining all the friends and less close family who don’t know about their marriage at the “wedding.” I firmly believe there’s no reason to go into debt over a wedding, but neither do I think getting secretly married to score a big tax refund is the classy way to go about it!!!! 1201-09