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Carrick on money: Love hurts – just ask your wallet

Diamond engagement ring and other wedding costs.

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Love hurts – just ask your wallet
This infographic pegs the cost of dating, engagement and marriage at $45,151.88, up about 3 per cent from last year.

How can you bring that astronomical cost down? A cheap wedding is one option. Another is to skip the wedding and just shack up.

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Personal Finance Columnist

Rob Carrick has been writing about personal finance, business and economics for close to 20 years. He joined The Globe and Mail in late 1996 as an investment reporter and has been personal finance columnist since November 1998. Rob's personal finance columns appear in The Globe on Tuesday and Thursday, and his Portfolio Strategy column for investors appears on Saturday. More

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