- aunt pol
- 8 years ago
- Wedding: May 2011
So, not to put too fine a point on it, our financing fell through. A lucrative contract Mr Pol had won, has vanished. So there’s now no moolah in the pot for our wedding. We’ve cancelled the hotel. We’ve decided our only realistic option is to have our reception at home, with a smaller guest list.
The funny thing is, we’re happier. The hotel was proving very restrictive re decor, activities etc. The only word that could apply to a wedding there, is Elegant. Nice as that is, I’d rather the keyword be Fun.
I’m going to be crafting like a mad woman – the hotel wouldn’t have let us hang anything up, now I’ll have paper balls (thx, Lox!) and string balls and paper flowers EVERYWHERE! Squeee! Get this – instead of admiring pretty Garden weddings/ photo shoots, I’ll get to copy them! We can have a THEME! (Cottage Garden Party, sonce you ask.)
The hotel reception was working out around 9000 euro: this one will work out about 3000 euro. [ Roughly $12k and $4k, respectively, I think.]
Which we will manage – it’s all individual things, we can save here and there, and my Dad will help out. I’ve spoken to a potential caterer today, and we can get everyone comfortably fed for under 1000 euro, which is fine. Marquees are going on ebay, irish sellers, for ca 160 euro, and we will be able to get timber and plywood for free. Mr Pol is something of a DIY enthusiast, with the heart of an engineer: he over specifies everything, so I have no fear of marquees flying away or anything.
Just as well we haven’t sent invitations yet!
The moral of the story is,
(for anyone reading who hasn’t booked a venue yet)
Be sure of your money before you book: and more importantly, be sure that you’re getting a wedding you’ll enjoy. No matter how much you spend on it, it’s a significant amount of dough in your life, and you should be excited about the choices you make with it.