How I Met Your Mother taught its audience valuable life lessons during Ted’s recounting of how he met his children’s mother. Along with his friends, Barney, Lily, Marshall, and Robin, Ted became an extension of families across America. Every week viewers tuned in for the witty catchphrases, heart-breaking moments, and hilarious gags that intertwined the growing pains in navigating the group’s personal and professional lives. For 10 years, fans gasped, laughed, and cried with the crew.
While fans were sometimes curious about how Ted and his close-knit friends could afford some of their purchases, the quintet and their counterparts were living their best lives. Still, some of the purchases were so ridiculously expensive that one could only dream of having them.
5.Glen McKenna ~ $600-$2,500
The gang’s signature hangout—MacLaren’s Pub—is home to Marshall’s innovative drink popularized by Robin and the coveted Glen McKenna. Described as “smokey with a hint of aged cedar,” the scotch whiskey is aged over 20-30 years and retails between $600-$2,500 per bottle. Throughout their adventures in the series, the core five characters never found themselves purchasing Glen McKenna. Instead, they ended up in comical situations that led to them stealing the scotch. Ultimately, it was the mother who ended up buying Ted a double shot of the McLaren’s most expensive drink, which happened to be a 35-year-old Glen McKenna.
4.The Captain’s Ashtray
In season 8 episode 17, assumptions and miscommunication lead Lily, Robin, and Ted to another bout of hilarity when they attend The Captain’s, George Van Smoot, art gallery at his home. Lily compliments an elephant painting at the gallery but is dismissed by The Captain’s art consultant. Despite this, The Captain invites Lily upstairs to see his acquired paintings, but she still voices her opinion about the elephant paint being a better addition to his collection. To her dismay, her art knowledge is questioned because she is a kindergarten teacher, and, in an act of retaliation, she steals The Captain’s expensive ashtray.
The crystal ashtray in question was so expensive Ted recalled he could “probably afford an island to hunt people.” An ashtray worth enough to purchase an island is unfathomable. Luckily, Lily returns it to The Captain when he calls her to show her that he purchased the elephant painting she raved about.
3.Robin’s Wedding Dress ~ $7,000
The most important day in the gang’s lives had fans gathered around their televisions in anticipation for Barney and Robin’s plunge into matrimony. While the ceremony was heartfelt and full of love, the real showstopper was Robin’s Monique Lhuillier Addie wedding dress. The gown is from Lhuillier’s 2011 spring collection and retails for $7,000 which does not include the gorgeous beaded belt chosen to accentuate Robin’s waistline. According to Wedding Wire, the average cost of a wedding dress in the United States is $1,000.
2.Lily’s Wedding Dress ~ $8,000
Before Barney and Robin, Lily and Marshall exchanged nuptials. Lily’s wedding gown was the series first display of Lhuillier’s work and cost $8,000. In the season two episode, Lily and Marshall’s wedding day is filled with calamities and a confession from one of Lily’s previous suitors attempting to get her back.
Even with all the mishaps, Lily looked as beautiful as ever as pushed through the trials and declared her love for Marshall in a brief outside ceremony before heading to the altar. Viewers continued to witness the couple’s highest and lowest lows as the series progressed.
1.Claudia’s Wedding ~ $400,000
Costing her father $400,000, Claudia’s wedding was the most expensive budget yet. The lavish wedding is the first wedding of the series and details the gang’s preparation for it. Viewers witness the dilemmas the gang, bride, and groom go through as the wedding approaches including Stuart’s, the groom, bought of cold-feet as he realizes how much he misses being single. Through encouragement and reassurance, he proceeds his nuptials to Claudia. Later in the series, fans learn that the two welcome a beautiful baby girl and have a tumultuous marriage.