The cost of loving

Can you put a price on romance? Apparently, yes


It has been a week since St. Valentine’s Day and the romantic hangover is gone. But are you still hurting? No, I’m not talking about heartache. I’m referring to the weighty pain that accompanies a lighter wallet. Love is expensive: It’s just a North American fact. But one Canadian website—, a site that provides market comparisons on personal finance—thinks it has finally put a price on that expense. And that cost is $43,842.08.

The website has determined the average cost of “love”: One year of dating, one year of engagement, and a wedding. And it will cost you a pretty penny (or at least a nice nickel, now that the penny has perished).

Check out the basic breakdown below and let us know in the comments: Is love too expensive? (For an extremely detailed outline of dating and wedding costs in Canada, check out Rate Supermarket’s site.)


The cost of loving

  1. oscar wilde – nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing

    • Oscar died penniless and heartbroken.

  2. If you’re not already hiding under your love seat (some of us are safer than others) statistically half of all marriages end in divorce so surely the cost of disengagement has to be factored in.

  3. Anyone who pays that much for an angagement ring, wedding, engagement party etc must already be wealthy, or else is a fool.

    • Or perhaps even a wealthy fool. LOL

  4. Wedding, honeymoon & rings were under $15K. Divorce lawyers were $40K total ($20K each). Lucky for me I fought and won chopping the child support after mom took 15 trips on $20K of dads money. 50 dinner dates since divorce, there’s another $5K. I’d do it all again but I’d be a lot smarter around lawyers, most are just like the petty lawyers you see in our political arenas and try to milk it for every dime. Arbitration would probably have been better but try and reason with a disgruntled woman.

  5. Economics plays a bigger part in most marriages than we care to admit – most of it is in our instinctive subconscious. There have been studies that show the economics of who does what jobs in the household. I found the research to be interesting and in most successful partnerships, the “economics” finds its own level.