Thursday, October 28, 2010

Oh For the Love of....

I got engaged. Did I mention that? Yea, Coal Miner asked me to marry him b/c well, he's rad. And also, who wouldn't want to marry me? I'm pretty much the most awesome person I know. Anyhoooo, we really want to get married October 1 of next year. That would be one year, to the day, of our engayyygment. So we are sentimental, whatever. Well apparently everyone else in Northern Virginia and DC seems to think that would be a great day to get married as well. They also seem to think that all weekends in September and October are great months to get married. Leaving us with the option of blazing ass August or shivering November. This shit is unbelievable. We went to a plantation to scout out the scene and the on-site coordinator told me that chicks come in there before they are even engaged to leave a deposit for the site. DO WHAT? How you gonna reserve a weekend to get married and you aren't even engaged yet? Youz a crazy bitch, that's how. She also told me that chicks plan weddings 2 years in advance. 2 years? Are you serious? I don't want to be stressed out or planning this for 2 years. Quite honestly I barely have time to plan this wedding, I can't imagine spending two years on it. Which provides a nice segue for my next topic: This shit is expensive.

Did you know the average wedding in the metro DC area runs a bride around $35K. DOOOO WHAT? I'm fresh out of 35K extra dollars laying around. If I did have $35k just laying around I would make it rain on the reg. However, neither I nor my parents have said $35K, so I need to be on a budget. Apparently people like to charge you money just to use the site itself. They have no plans to contribute anything to your wedding, just stepping foot on the property. Then they like to charge you money to come setup prior to 2 hours before your ceremony. I mean who needs more than 2 hours to setup?!?! EVERYONE! This is a freakin' racket. I'm totally in the wrong business. Wedding planner = $8K, Transportation = $3K, Venue = $9K, Food = $7k, Photographer = $7K. I haven't even bought the dress yet and I've already exceeded my credit limit on my Visa. I had to cut the wedding planner and figure out a way to plan this wedding during my normal business hours (of a gazillion hours a week) and free time (of 0). So this should be interesting. I would stay tuned to the blog b/c I'm absolutely certain I'm going to do one or more of the following in the next 11 months:
A) Freak the eff out
B) Have a breakdown
C) Cry and whine and cry some more
D) Decide this was the worst idea ever

Wish me luck, I'm going on Sunday to check out another venue. Maybe this bish won't charge me a triplezillion dollars just to step my jimmy choos on the green lawn.

7 comments:

Alayne said...

This is why Christian and I did a destination wedding. $10K and completely planned for me. All I had to do is show up with a dress and a fiance. It's not for everyone though...

Naomi said...

this confirms my decision to elope. Good luck dear.

Karen said...

You are too funny sweetie! ANYONE would be lucky to marry a gem like you! Also--yes indeed that is the average cost of a wedding! Even here in VB. My dad was annoyed by the rental site fees at all of the places and was like just pick a place where I can sign ONE check!! Because it is insane you have to pay the rental fee and have an onsite cooridinator to work with the vendors that they only approve, etc....girl I know your parents have something laying around for you...you are the last one :) Just come up with a budget and seriously cut your guest list---cutting my guest list was not really an option being Filipino and all(you know how we roll!) But there are some things that just become excessive at some point and you just need to decide what is the most important and prioritize. Or you could just elope!! Need anything, let me know, I love this stuff! Good luck, I am sure it will be amazing!

Beverly said...

Megan, I have been waiting for the "engaged installment" of your blog! And as always you have brought me to a giggle at my desk and for that I love you.
You KNOW I didn't have 35K (or even 25K) laying around and I think I did a pretty decent job planning my (what I would say beautiful LOL) wedding! There are ways around the BS and the #1 that I learned first was how to be a NEGOTIATOR! Never take the 1st price offered to you on anything! ANYTHING!!
Love ya babe, and CONGRATS AGAIN!!
XO

sarahmdeaver said...

NOR that is why I loved having my wedding at the beach! Did it all with about 10K or maybe less :-) Let me know if you need any help or want me to call anyone since I am a SAHM don't mind lending a hand! Love ya NOR!

Tricia L. said...

Joe and I started off planning a 300 guest wedding with 9 attendants on each side. Then we kept pushing the date back and pushing the date back...and eventually, decided on a Tuesday to go get married the following Saturday. We had the best time planning a last minute ceremony that week! We went to the judge's house in Little Neck with my family and 10 of our closest friends, then went out to dinner. A month later we had a reception (read: keg party- hey, we were 23!) in our backyard. So much fun! And we spent the money we would've spent on a wedding on our house and a nice honeymoon. All in all, I totally don't regret it. Do what is important - marry the man you love - and the rest will fall into place. Good luck sweets!!

LiLu said...

"I'm fresh out of 35K extra dollars laying around."

Um, I love you.