Monday, December 03, 2007

wedding planning 101

George Mason University has a class on how to be a wedding planner. Really. You get credit for it and everything.

But it's not all about glamor and radiant brides - it's about crisis management too, professor Maggie Daniels says.

The crises? Sick altar boys, drunk best men, toppling cakes. You know, real 9/11-type stuff.

The bigger crises in our wedding industry of course is overspending. More than a third of couples overspend their budget - and most of those budgets are Too Damn Much to begin with.

Planning a wedding? Take some advice - reconsider what you think you are "entitled" to have, or what you think you have always "dreamed about" in a wedding. (Yes, ladies, I'm talking to you. Most guys dream of their bachelor's party and just want to endure the actual wedding.)

Don't blow $25,000 or more on top end food, a big band, invitations embossed in 24-carat gold, and elaborate gifts for friend and relatives. Don't blow $25,000 to compete with Missy's wedding last spring, complete with a troop of Kazakh eagle-hunters.

Do it at home. Keep it small. Have a nice party. Use the $24,000 you save on a nice vacation and retire some of that student debt or put a downpayment on a house or buy some carbon credits.

Don't let the marital-industrial complex fool you into a big fat "traditional" wedding that only goes back to the early twentieth century. Save your cash.



Blogger Sona said...

I bought my wedding dress for $350 and spent a bit less than $3,000 on the whole wedding - and we had our reception at a country club!

It just takes knowing what to budget for and how to cut corners.

8:37 AM  
Blogger Don Q Blogger said...

Sona, that sounds like MY kind of wedding!

5:07 AM  

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