As you know I’ve been starting to plan my wedding and in the process I’ve become obsessed with two amazing wedding sites: WeddingWire.com and TheKnot.com. I’ll be honest, I may have already registered for accounts with both of these websites before I got engaged, but it was merely for research purposes, I swear! I did wait until after the proposal to go out and buy any wedding magazines, that’s something right? Like an hour after the proposal. Whatever, I couldn’t help myself! I just want to say yes to the dress, is that so wrong?!
Okay, moving on, so the other day I was on The Knot’s site and stumbled upon an article called Wedding Problems: 10 Questions from Wedding Guests You Don’t Need to Answer. Sure, technically I don’t need to give these people an answer for their inappropriate questions, but if someone does ask me one of these questions I am sure as hell not gonna keep my mouth shut. If you are rude enough to ask the question, then you better be prepared for my answer. So, for a bit of fun I thought I would go through the list of questions and provide answers for all them. Brace yourself, I wrote this while feeling particularly sassy, stressed out over wedding planning, and a bit tipsy from some cheap wine. But, since this is first and foremost a personal finance blog, I thought I would also include some frugal answers with money saving tips to help any of you ladies (or gents) out there too:
Question #1 - How much is the wedding reception costing you?
Sassy Answer: None of your f***ing business.
Frugal Answer: Our budget is set at $10,000 because this is what we can afford on our salaries. We think this is still a fairly cheap wedding considering most wedding’s average about $25,000.
Question #2 - Can you make sure not to set your date for [insert date here] — I have a vacation already planned!
Sassy Answer: Oh sure, no problem. Me and my fiance will both just rearrange our whole wedding so it’s more convenient for you. Go f*** yourself. And yes, you are now officially dis-invited to our wedding. Have a fun vacation.
Frugal Answer: Unfortunately, we aren’t able to change our date. We’ve booked our wedding to be held on a Sunday (or Friday) instead of a Saturday because it can save us literally thousands of dollars.
Question #3 - What table am I sitting at?
Sassy Answer: I don’t f***ing know. I’m kinda busy planning my f***ing wedding!
Frugal Answer: We are actually thinking of just holding a cocktail reception with drinks and appetizers instead of a full dinner to save on costs, so there won’t be any assigned seating.
Question #4 - Why didn’t you invite [insert name here]?
Sassy Answer: Because I don’t f***ing like them! Wait, who? Yeah, I definitely don’t like them.
Frugal Answer: To save money, we had to cut some people from our original guest list and eliminate plus ones. We will only be inviting close family and friends so we can stay on budget.
Question #5 - Is this really a “white wedding”?
Sassy Answer: Did you just call me a whore?
Frugal Answer: You can actually save a lot of money by not wearing a white wedding dress and opting for a less traditional formal dress. That’s what you were asking, right?
Question #6 - How many carats is that ring anyway?
Sassy Answer: More than yours.
Frugal Answer: Me and my fiance discussed a budget for my engagement ring before he went out and bought it, so he bought a ring based on what he could afford, not based on how many carats it was. The old saying that an engagement ring should cost your fiance at least 3 months salary is unrealistic. Buy what you can afford, it’s the sentiment behind the ring that really matters.
Question #7 - Who’s your favorite bridesmaid?
Sassy Answer: I don’t know…the one who doesn’t ask dumb questions.
Frugal Answer: They are all my favourites, including my bridesman, because they are going to help me plan and coordinate my wedding. Their help will save me from hiring a wedding planner and shelling out hundreds if not thousands of dollars.
Question #8 - Did you get that idea from my wedding?
Sassy Answer: Believe me, if I stole that idea from your wedding it would be a hell of a lot tackier.
Frugal Answer: I got a lot of ideas from a lot of different sources (god bless you Pinterest!), so I could DIY a lot of things myself instead of buying everything new. DIYing decor and wedding favours will help me stretch my budget big time. If I got some inspiration from your wedding, hey, thanks a bunch!
Question #9 - Are you paying for any of this?
Sassy Answer: Have you even read my blog before?
Frugal Answer: Yes we are, but we’ve created a wedding budget we can both afford, so we can avoid the dreaded and common post-wedding debt. We just don’t see the point in spending the same amount on a wedding as on a down-payment for our first place.
Question #10 - Don’t you think the six-tiered wedding cake is a bit much?
Sassy Answer: Don’t you think your face is a bit much? No cake for you!
Frugal Answer: I sure do, and that’s why the first tier is going to be real cake but the other five are fake. Another way to save money on the wedding cake is to use cupcakes as the bottom tiers.
Fine, I’d probably never say any of those sassy answers to anyone (to their face anyways) but it sure did feel good to rant a bit. All of my frugal answers came from all the wedding planning research I’ve done so far, and I’m definitely considering most of them (except I gotta wear a white wedding dress, I just gotta).
What would be your sassy or frugal answers to these questions?
-Mo’ Houses out!