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(Orlando Sentinel)   In another example of the wussification of America, more and more engaged men are planning their own weddings. "I don't see myself as Groomzilla. I think of myself as a concerned fiancé."   (orlandosentinel.com) divider line 121
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2009-03-27 10:49:03 PM
I helped plan my wedding.

Then again I was footing the damn bill for it...
 
2009-03-27 11:18:52 PM
In another example of the wussification of America, more and more engaged men are planning their own weddings. "I don't see myself as Groomzilla. I think of myself as a concerned fiancé closeted Friend of Dorothy."

Fixed.
 
2009-03-27 11:26:22 PM
If Im paying, Im making the decisions. If someone else pays, just make sure there is some 1554 around.
 
2009-03-27 11:40:17 PM
Cowboy-up, Nancy boys.

/jeez
 
2009-03-28 12:35:51 AM
You can play Groomzilla sure, but you better beware of
Mothra-in-law if you wanna survive the wedding.
 
2009-03-28 12:52:18 AM
Still, he did reduce a prospective photographer to tears.
hahahahahaha

/sorry, funny to me
 
2009-03-28 01:13:16 AM
Heh. I'm such a trendsetter. I was Groomzilla in 2006.

It's my day. MY. DAY.

Wife wanted nothing to do with BS wedding drama, was secretly hoping we could just elope and be done with it, and I was like "hh...no" as my very Italian catholic mom would have had me shot and buried shallow in the backyard. My wife-to-be was like "well, shoot, I don't want to plan a wedding, I've got more important shiat to do."

So I took over. Of course, I'm a guy, and so my 'needs' as far as MY DAY were somewhat less stringent that your average person. We did a destination "anti-wedding" in the Bahamas. Most of the planning was "what kind of band do you want?" and "will that cake be vanilla or chocolate" and "your friends...will they drink a lot of booze, or ALL of the booze?"

Best question of the whole process, from the event coordinator at the resort/wedding mill: "And the ceremony...will that be no-god, a-little-bit-of-god, or praise-jesus god?"

Wedding was to be at 4 pm on the beach. By 2:30, 80% of guests and 100% of participants were pretty much in the bag after 3 hours at the swim-up bar sucking down frozen rum drinks. Late lunch (heavy on starch). Ceremony. Reggae. Booze. Dinner. Cake. Booze. Dancing. Swimming. Booze. Midnight buffet. Etc.

MY. DAY.

/still married, too!
 
2009-03-28 01:41:42 AM
What a bunch of jackoffs.
 
2009-03-28 01:41:51 AM
So yeah, I'm helping plan my wedding.

Drive from Louisiana to Manistee, Michigan. Wait 3 days, go back to clerk's office, get married. Go to Bear Lake, build a fire, cook stuff, go to parents house at a week later, have open-house-reception thing, go back to Louisiana...
 
2009-03-28 01:43:17 AM
Elvis wedding in Las Vegas!!!!

www.las-vegas-wedding-guide.net

/thank you very much
 
2009-03-28 01:43:51 AM
www.polyfro.com
 
2009-03-28 01:44:09 AM
dahmers love zombie: In another example of the wussification of America, more and more engaged men are planning their own weddings. "I don't see myself as Groomzilla. I think of myself as a concerned fiancé closeted Friend of Dorothy."

Fixed.


"Bawwwww, guys are manning up and taking responsibility! Bawwwwwwwww!"

/semi-serious
 
2009-03-28 01:46:50 AM
hubiestubert: I helped plan my wedding.

Then again I was footing the damn bill for it...


EXACTLY!

Two points to this: firstly, if you're providing a substantial amount of the money that is going into the wedding, wouldn't you want to know that you're getting the best deals and aren't getting hosed by over priced vendors and such? and secondly, planning a wedding of any size takes some time and takes alot of effort. Unless you got the dough to plunk down on a wedding planner who'll do 90% of the leg work for you, that means that you and your bride to be will be doing most of the work. It's only fair that you help some too.

Getting hitched in three weeks, so I find this relevant...
 
2009-03-28 01:49:12 AM
I paid the wedding planner and chose the photographer. My wife planned the rest, and her mom paid for it.
 
2009-03-28 01:49:34 AM
There's room for compromise....

My SO wants to get married in Hawaii.

I want top shelf booze and a cigar bar.

/Sounds fair to me.
 
2009-03-28 01:51:45 AM
Weddings are farking retarded. Receptions aren't too bad sometimes its fun to dress up and get drunk.
 
2009-03-28 01:54:18 AM
Oh, little tip for those who're getting married and want a professional photographer: seek on the ones that offer a copyright release. We paid our about $1200 (which sounds expensive, ok it is expensive, but it's cheap compared to most other photographers, most of which don't offer any copyright release), but he's going to follow us around the whole day, plus he included an engagement photo session, and we have a copyright release, meaning that every picture he takes is ours. No paying him for over priced prints, no having to get his permission if we want to post the picture to the internet, etc. etc. For everyone that wants pictures of the wedding, I'm planning on burning them a CD of the pics on my own computer, and let them print out paper copies as they please.
 
2009-03-28 01:55:19 AM
matt2891: hubiestubert: I helped plan my wedding.

Then again I was footing the damn bill for it...

EXACTLY!

Two points to this: firstly, if you're providing a substantial amount of the money that is going into the wedding, wouldn't you want to know that you're getting the best deals and aren't getting hosed by over priced vendors and such? and secondly, planning a wedding of any size takes some time and takes alot of effort. Unless you got the dough to plunk down on a wedding planner who'll do 90% of the leg work for you, that means that you and your bride to be will be doing most of the work. It's only fair that you help some too.

Getting hitched in three weeks, so I find this relevant...


I just didn't want a lot of damn fru fru.

We got a steamship round to BBQ. We bought a ton of booze for an open bar--I work in restaurants so bartenders, I had out the wazoo volunteering--we got a tent for the guests, and the gal's uncle is a deacon, so we borrowed some chairs from him.

My mother-in-law pitched in for the cake--so the gal got the final say on that, and I was happy enough. We chose our vows very simply, didn't mention God once in the ceremony, and still had the classic vows. Had the dang thing in the MIL's back yard--ceremony was done by noon, and we ate and drank until 10ish. No hassles, no worries, nothing broken, lots of people drunk and silly, had some pictures taken, and very little drama.

Which is what we wanted.
 
2009-03-28 01:58:18 AM
matt2891: Oh, little tip for those who're getting married and want a professional photographer: seek on the ones that offer a copyright release. We paid our about $1200 (which sounds expensive, ok it is expensive, but it's cheap compared to most other photographers, most of which don't offer any copyright release), but he's going to follow us around the whole day, plus he included an engagement photo session, and we have a copyright release, meaning that every picture he takes is ours. No paying him for over priced prints, no having to get his permission if we want to post the picture to the internet, etc. etc. For everyone that wants pictures of the wedding, I'm planning on burning them a CD of the pics on my own computer, and let them print out paper copies as they please.

We got lucky in that the wife's family did the music--lots of musicians in the passel of them, and her cousin is a photographer and a dang good one.

I think we got done with the whole thing for under $1200--including the minister, license and the invitations.
 
2009-03-28 01:59:44 AM
jboomgaarden: Weddings are farking retarded. Receptions aren't too bad sometimes its fun to dress up and get drunk.

Honestly, it seems like receptions are where most of the money goes. All told, between decorations, fees for the church, organist etc. we've put less than $500 in the actual ceremony. The real dough came into play with the reception. The fee for the Elks lodge hall wasn't so bad, $387 for a pretty decent sized space, fully stocked cash bar, and somone to clean up after ourselves. Plus all tables chairs and linens are included. We checked out other places, and thier fees were much steeper, and some you even had to rent the farking tables and chairs from them in addition to the room cost. But I digress. The Elks lodge isnt so bad, but the kicker is that you have to use their caterer, can't shop around for your own. She's not bad, has good food, but we're anticipating around 150 at our reception and we paid for that many at $10 a head for finger foods served buffet style. Of course, we checked around before we settled on this place, and it didn't look like we'd fare much better with anyone else.
 
2009-03-28 02:00:14 AM
matt2891: hubiestubert: I helped plan my wedding.

Then again I was footing the damn bill for it...

EXACTLY!

Two points to this: firstly, if you're providing a substantial amount of the money that is going into the wedding, wouldn't you want to know that you're getting the best deals and aren't getting hosed by over priced vendors and such? and secondly, planning a wedding of any size takes some time and takes alot of effort. Unless you got the dough to plunk down on a wedding planner who'll do 90% of the leg work for you, that means that you and your bride to be will be doing most of the work. It's only fair that you help some too.

Getting hitched in three weeks, so I find this relevant...


Tres gay. Sorry. But it is. If you want to make sure you're not getting ripped off, here is an idea. Tell your bride "you have x amount of dollars for the whole thing. Period." She either gets the whole job done for that amount, or she pays for the extra herself.
Making up excuses why you *should* be doing it just makes the subbies line about wussification of America extremely accurate.
 
2009-03-28 02:00:18 AM
1. I love that the men in here HATE bridezilla but are defending them being little spoiled groomzillas.

2. My cousins fiance is a Groomzilla. Out of nowhere her registry has $900 knife set. I blame him. When she did my registry with me 8 months ago she never mentioned such a thing, but she didn't register with me because "Dave wants to pick stuff". Now this. Ridiculous. Hardly anything on the registry under $60, most things well over $100, and all very man oriented. He is such a douche. With me she is so modest and likes economically sensible things - even nice but still sane. But $900 knives are such a Joe thing.
 
2009-03-28 02:00:37 AM
The_Sponge: There's room for compromise....

My SO wants to get married in Hawaii.

I want top shelf booze and a cigar bar.

/Sounds fair to me.


May I make a suggestion?

My wife and I have been to Hawaii once, not for the wedding but for the honeymoon. Stayed (part of the trip) at the Hyatt in Poipu on Kauai. Great scotch bar at the hotel, sat next to William Macy at the bar (he was there filming Jurassic Park 3). Best. Trip. Ever.

Hoping to go back next year for the 10-year anniversary. This time on Maui.
 
2009-03-28 02:02:05 AM
If my ex-wife would have let me plan the wedding I would have been all about it would have saved me a few thousand dollars at least
 
2009-03-28 02:03:56 AM
what straight man gives a fark about the color of the plates. the guy ftfa seems like an asshat. he made a prospective photographer cry? asshat.

most important things about a wedding: kickin band, good food, good beer, good people (that you actually know).
 
2009-03-28 02:04:00 AM
hubiestubert: matt2891: Oh, little tip for those who're getting married and want a professional photographer: seek on the ones that offer a copyright release. We paid our about $1200 (which sounds expensive, ok it is expensive, but it's cheap compared to most other photographers, most of which don't offer any copyright release), but he's going to follow us around the whole day, plus he included an engagement photo session, and we have a copyright release, meaning that every picture he takes is ours. No paying him for over priced prints, no having to get his permission if we want to post the picture to the internet, etc. etc. For everyone that wants pictures of the wedding, I'm planning on burning them a CD of the pics on my own computer, and let them print out paper copies as they please.

We got lucky in that the wife's family did the music--lots of musicians in the passel of them, and her cousin is a photographer and a dang good one.

I think we got done with the whole thing for under $1200--including the minister, license and the invitations.


Good for you. We're probably looking at a final tab of around 5K for ours. Thats a good chunk of change, and undoubtedly I'll be called a moron by some on here for spending that much, but considering how expensive even most modest sized weddings can get, I still think we did pretty good. Hell, my SO got a $2000 dress off the internet for free (we're having to pay for some minor alterations but the dress itself was given to her).
 
2009-03-28 02:04:05 AM
My wife and I got married @ a coffee shop. Invited 60 of our closest friends/ family, got top shelf alcohol and had a PARTY. That's what a wedding should be: a short ceremony followed by a loooooong and huge party, more as a celebration of said friends/family than of you and your bride.

/mayor married us
//mayor was hammered
///mayor screwed up our vows
////which included Rush lyrics
//maybe it was for the best
 
2009-03-28 02:06:07 AM
trancemission: The_Sponge: There's room for compromise....

My SO wants to get married in Hawaii.

I want top shelf booze and a cigar bar.

/Sounds fair to me.

May I make a suggestion?

My wife and I have been to Hawaii once, not for the wedding but for the honeymoon. Stayed (part of the trip) at the Hyatt in Poipu on Kauai. Great scotch bar at the hotel, sat next to William Macy at the bar (he was there filming Jurassic Park 3). Best. Trip. Ever.

Hoping to go back next year for the 10-year anniversary. This time on Maui.


Forgot to mention:
1. Rent a car and drive up Waimea (sp?) Canyon
2. Take a helicopter tour
 
2009-03-28 02:07:41 AM
LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT MY WEDDING

Everyone cum lissen to my wedding story

hey guys . . . guys?
 
2009-03-28 02:08:22 AM
Someday I'll overcome the burden of loneliness, and this terrible fear of intimacy. I'll love someone enough to want to marry them in a viscous, humiliating spectacle that keeps the splendor of an office party, a heavily photographed celebration of my happy new contract with life. Just before the vows, I will set myself on fire, scalding everyone who loves me with a shower of bubbling fat.
 
2009-03-28 02:09:12 AM
Shyla: matt2891: hubiestubert: I helped plan my wedding.

Then again I was footing the damn bill for it...

EXACTLY!

Two points to this: firstly, if you're providing a substantial amount of the money that is going into the wedding, wouldn't you want to know that you're getting the best deals and aren't getting hosed by over priced vendors and such? and secondly, planning a wedding of any size takes some time and takes alot of effort. Unless you got the dough to plunk down on a wedding planner who'll do 90% of the leg work for you, that means that you and your bride to be will be doing most of the work. It's only fair that you help some too.

Getting hitched in three weeks, so I find this relevant...

Tres gay. Sorry. But it is. If you want to make sure you're not getting ripped off, here is an idea. Tell your bride "you have x amount of dollars for the whole thing. Period." She either gets the whole job done for that amount, or she pays for the extra herself.
Making up excuses why you *should* be doing it just makes the subbies line about wussification of America extremely accurate.


So taking an active and responsible role in how my money gets spent is gay now? Not to mention putting the sole responsibility off on the bride. Wow, what a great way to show her that you're in this for the long haul and can be counted on to do your fair share.
 
2009-03-28 02:10:18 AM
wedding math, for the n00bies:

wedding planner == wussyzilla

groomzilla > bridezilla

why? : more vomit, harder laughter, fewer tears

result: 2 = 1

/happily married
// also nutz
 
2009-03-28 02:11:32 AM
trancemission: The_Sponge: There's room for compromise....

My SO wants to get married in Hawaii.

I want top shelf booze and a cigar bar.

/Sounds fair to me.

May I make a suggestion?

My wife and I have been to Hawaii once, not for the wedding but for the honeymoon. Stayed (part of the trip) at the Hyatt in Poipu on Kauai. Great scotch bar at the hotel, sat next to William Macy at the bar (he was there filming Jurassic Park 3). Best. Trip. Ever.

Hoping to go back next year for the 10-year anniversary. This time on Maui.



By all means.

I really want to check out Kauai, but I'm not sure it will happen on that trip.

Basic plan:

Wedding on Oahu and honeymoon in Maui.

/But I'm serious about checking out Kauai.
//A few of my coworkers have been there, and said good things.
///And I love Scotch.
 
2009-03-28 02:15:07 AM
This ain't a new thing or a wussification. Many a great manly man has planned his weddings too. From Alexander the Great to Shaka Zulu.

Now, let me share with you doglover's wedding.

1 grove
1 priest (not christian)
1 bride
1 groom
2 rings (I'll prolly make 'em.)

optional: 1000 beers
 
2009-03-28 02:17:49 AM
doglover: This ain't a new thing or a wussification. Many a great manly man has planned his weddings too. From Alexander the Great to Shaka Zulu.

Now, let me share with you doglover's wedding.

1 grove
1 priest (not christian)
1 bride
1 groom
2 rings (I'll prolly make 'em.)
optional: 1000 beers


You a jeweler?
 
2009-03-28 02:23:18 AM
Planned my entire wedding. Just me and my lady, 7 day cruise, married on St. Johns, $2500 total. Her parents said the man pays for the wedding in the Philippines , my dad gave me a bunch of furniture. Telling them that she is an American born in America didn't change their decision one bit. Wouldn't give me a dime to help pay for our expenses, but gives $100 plus a month to a distant cousin for a university in the Philippines.

Now that we are having a baby they love me.
 
2009-03-28 02:23:51 AM
Sigh...
I still remember my wife carrying me over the threshold in her manly arms...

sorry, I swore I wouldn't cry. Dammit.
 
2009-03-28 02:26:06 AM
Uh that isn't a wussy that is just gay.
 
2009-03-28 02:26:23 AM
Ryankenny: Everyone cum lissen to my wedding story hey guys . . . guys?

Hhahahaha

tricky gnosis: Just before the vows, I will set myself on fire, scalding everyone who loves me with a shower of bubbling fat.

Hahahahahhhahaaha

/fark: even wedding threads are hilarious
 
2009-03-28 02:27:19 AM
The premise is so gay I didn't RTFA... and got married at city hall... which took ten minutes... and cost $12... and the wife was fully into that.

Weddings are for suckers.
 
2009-03-28 02:28:01 AM
Becky Beerings: what straight man gives a fark about the color of the plates. the guy ftfa seems like an asshat. he made a prospective photographer cry? asshat.

most important things about a wedding: kickin band, good food, good beer, good people (that you actually know).


THIS, booze, tunes, friends, family and a good time. That is all that matters.
 
2009-03-28 02:28:42 AM
matt2891: doglover: This ain't a new thing or a wussification. Many a great manly man has planned his weddings too. From Alexander the Great to Shaka Zulu.

Now, let me share with you doglover's wedding.

1 grove
1 priest (not christian)
1 bride
1 groom
2 rings (I'll prolly make 'em.)
optional: 1000 beers

You a jeweler?


Kinda. I'm just starting with silver. But my great granddad made his first wedding rings outta two nickles, which is 1000 times more romantic than ANY store bought diamond.

At the very least, I know what stone and design I'm after. Diamonds are certainly too droll.
 
2009-03-28 02:30:21 AM
matt2891: So taking an active and responsible role in how my money gets spent ...

See, here is your problem, matt2891. Groom's responsibility: show up on time, more or less. Sobriety not required. Getting married is women's business, let them have it.
 
2009-03-28 02:37:51 AM
Sgygus: matt2891: So taking an active and responsible role in how my money gets spent ...

See, here is your problem, matt2891. Groom's responsibility: show up on time, more or less. Sobriety not required. Getting married is women's business, let them have it.


Well, sure, but what if you don't want your girlfriend marrying some other woman?
 
2009-03-28 02:40:33 AM
Shyla: Tres gay. Sorry. But it is. If you want to make sure you're not getting ripped off, here is an idea. Tell your bride "you have x amount of dollars for the whole thing. Period." She either gets the whole job done for that amount, or she pays for the extra herself.
Making up excuses why you *should* be doing it just makes the subbies line about wussification of America extremely accurate.


This is kind of like giving your wife $20 to go buy you beer, because if you decide what kind of beer you want or how much, you're gay.
 
2009-03-28 02:41:44 AM
orangehat: What a bunch of jackoffs.

my very first alt/imitator!

/I feel like a proud parent :)
 
2009-03-28 02:44:07 AM
doglover Kinda. I'm just starting with silver. But my great granddad made his first wedding rings outta two nickles, which is 1000 times more romantic than ANY store bought diamond.

Nickels were probably at least made out of nickel then. Now you might as well smelt some monopoly pieces. Or sculpt them from a turd, for all a nickel is worth.

/probably have to make mine out of quarter.
 
2009-03-28 02:44:54 AM
I think there's an inverse correlation between how lavish a wedding is and how long the marriage will last. My parents' wedding consisted of them calling in sick to work, getting married at city hall, then going downtown to buy rings. They're still happily married after 26 years and counting.
 
2009-03-28 02:45:12 AM
Wife and I worked together to plan our wedding - it's only fair to split up the work, and make no mistake, it's work putting a wedding together. We went mid-range [under $10K including rings] because I wanted the entire event in one location and wanted it to last the better part of the day - so we sprung for a band and a catered buffet - it was a grand party for 90. Even so, there's a ton of stuff to be ordered, scheduled, confirmed and counted.

Bridezilla is nothing like being organized and making it nice - Bridezilla is making it all about you.
 
2009-03-28 02:45:35 AM
The guy in the picture? Tats are cool when you're 22, but what about when your 48 lookin for a job and covered in tramp stamps and
tats above the neck?
 
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