The Reluctant Wedding Planner – A Cautionary Tale

If you read my recent post regarding my back yard, you are aware that I am in the middle of planning my daughter’s wedding with less than 6 months in which to accomplish this Herculean task. We have (obviously) ruled out my back yard (mostly), but how does one find an affordable venue to hold a reception? Finding a church for the ceremony is relatively easy compared to the other details: flowers, photographers, caterers, bartenders, bands, tables, linens, decorations, hair stylists, Master of Ceremonies, invitations, dresses, suits, hotel rooms, & a reception venue (if you have a daughter(s) and that list didn’t make you start to sweat, you might want to check your pulse).

Sometimes I feel like I have too many choices, then I remember we have a specific date and are trying to stay within a budget. At that point I begin to feel a panic attack coming on at the miniscule number of choices I see before me. For instance, this morning I found a venue in our price range that might have the date available, only to find out it’s a historic house that doesn’t allow speakers, DJ’s or a live band inside! Um, have you priced a tent, tables, & chairs for 75 lately? I have, and it ain’t pretty within the budget. But what if it rains??

I had this all worked out 2 days ago … to the tune of – you guessed it – ten THOUSAND dollars (all told)! Too bad I didn’t win the lottery last week (extremely difficult for one who refuses to buy a ticket). Last night I decided I did not want to spend the cost of an exceptional used car on a one-day event. Instead, I trashed all of the previous quotes and started over from scratch. I’m pretty sure my ulcer reappeared at that exact instant.

It’s really frustrating because I love my daughter and my future son-in-law (and that’s a rarity in itself), but there just isn’t enough room in the national debt tank for me to pull this off. At times like these I start to think about what’s really important in life. These thoughts tend to take me in two different directions:

1. All that matters is the people, relationships, and the fun we have making memories together! It doesn’t have to be fancy or costly for it to be great! My daughter understands this and is as committed to the budget as we are. All true.

Also true:

2. It’s only money … you can’t take it with you … the Country’s going down whether I add my piddly debt or not … Screw it! spend, SPEND, SPEND!! (Probably my son will find a way to forgive us before we die for blowing his freshman year of college on his older sister’s wedding, right?!)

No, I really do want to be responsible and not frivolous. I really do want to honor my daughter and her fiancé with the coolest wedding they can imagine. Unfortunately, these two ideas are in our case mutually exclusive.

So, I’m back to square one. I have sent emails apologizing to vendors who quoted me too high and more emails to new vendors to request (hopefully lower) quotes. All the while my brain is just tired of thinking about it all! I told my daughter yesterday that when this wedding is over I’m the one who’s going to need a honeymoon vacation in Italy!!

Meanwhile, the back yard is looking better and better everyday.

This is actually the side yard ... oh, right, tent, chairs = too steep!
This is actually the side yard the way it looked last August … at least I know I have this amazing view to look forward to!

 

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3 thoughts on “The Reluctant Wedding Planner – A Cautionary Tale

  1. Good luck! It does look like a beautiful backyard.
    Have you asked the happy couple what they would like, or would be most fun for them? They might not be interested in the big deal.
    Also, how about using a local public park as the venue? We have a few near us that are constantly used for celebrations.

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    1. Guapo, all great suggestions .. however, the real issue is they want a live band, so to have it outside means we need power and a rain cover. Outside is probably not an option. Their whole idea is a huge dance party, so the band is a must.

      That said, I know everything is going to work out – once I find the place! I just needed to blow off some steam this morning after only getting 3 hours of sleep last night. 😉 If I don’t do my asshat neighbor in, the wedding is likely to do ME in! lol

      Can’t win for losin’.

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