I’ve never been that girl who was planning her wedding since she was five. I was perfectly ok with whatever direction my life took romantically, whether I was married or not, but then I met the love of my life. Once we figured out that weâ€™d like to get married we talked about the possibilities of eloping or doing a City Hall quickie yet this was still theoretical.
He proposed on August 26 and now that the idea of getting married is real, everything has changed. Weâ€™ve opted against City Hall and have decided to do something small that we can afford so that weâ€™re not starting a new life in ridiculous debt.
However, no one else in the world seems to have gotten that memo. When people hear the word â€œweddingâ€ they also hear â€œmoney.â€ Even when you repeatedly emphasize the words â€œsmallâ€ and â€œbudget,â€ the words coming out of your mouth get drowned out by â€œkaching,â€ and vendors immediately triple the price of everything, which makes me want to rip my locs out.
While scouting for locations we visited a loft space that proposed $2,000 for five hours (just for the space) but when my planner asked how much the space would cost for a photoshoot she was told $450 for a full day. What. The. Hell. Iâ€™m also discovering that wedding photographers typically start at $3,000 and can go upward to 10 Gs or more. Thatâ€™s more than an actual magazine fashion shoot! In general, wedding vendors are the worst but itâ€™s everyoneâ€™s fault. People are foolish when it comes to weddings. Theyâ€™ll spend absurdly far beyond their means for â€œthe big day,â€ which has lead to this culture of greed and vapid ostentatiousness.
Iâ€™ve seen and been a part of weddings that resulted in maxed out credit cards, prevented several people from paying basic bills or put folks in serious debt that in some cases, lasted longer than the marriage and that wonâ€™t be me!
Weâ€™ve managed to find a really nice venue that makes sense for us, we got the cake figured out, weâ€™re still working on the caterer, we have some dope friends who are going to hook us up with some services like DJ, videographer, etc and so far weâ€™re in a good place.
Hubby to be and I have decided that our wedding will be romantic and us, not clichÃ© and full of over-the-top conventions that were programmed by society. It is, after all, one day in what will hopefully be the rest of our lives.