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(BBC-US)   "I have gone from 65 weddings down to one." And she's not even Mormon   (bbc.com) divider line
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2020-09-23 10:57:11 AM  
Incoming CSB: my sister-in-law has been bridesmaid and maid of honor in the neighborhood of 40-50 times over the last 10 years.

/ she says that she's done with that BS.
 
2020-09-23 11:44:53 AM  
I went to one wedding this year.. It was outdoors at a lake, catered by kegs of beer and a local BBQ company. There was about 50 people total which was the perfect size. It was almost 2 months ago and nobody got sick.

The photographer said this was his only gig for the summer and he normally does 3-4 a week. Same with the caterer.
 
2020-09-23 11:56:54 AM  
I'll take useless wastes of money for $800 Alex...

If it wasn't for the fact that my wife was insistent on having a big reception (we did outdo everyone else in both families - even got a "was that really necessary?" from one of my aunts who was totes jelly), I'd have gone for a simple catered dinner at our church.  But it was impressive.

'course I'd love to have that pile of cash that was lit on fire for that party right about now as I'm working through remodeling a house along with the 10 years of capital gains that would have gone with it.

To the wedding reception industry... tough.  You are fluff that is completely unnecessary.

Not even sorry I'm not sorry.
 
2020-09-23 12:05:57 PM  
I doubt there is another industry I have less sympathy for.  fark'em.
 
2020-09-23 12:11:25 PM  
not so cool story bro: A friend of mine was suppose to get married back in April, but the wedding got pushed back due to COVID-19. A month after he was suppose to get married, his father suddenly died.
 
2020-09-23 12:42:37 PM  
Break out the tiny violins for the wedding gougers.
 
2020-09-23 12:51:21 PM  
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2020-09-23 12:54:26 PM  
You just have to know your market.

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2020-09-23 1:20:23 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: I went to one wedding this year.. It was outdoors at a lake, catered by kegs of beer and a local BBQ company. There was about 50 people total which was the perfect size. It was almost 2 months ago and nobody got sick.


Ya, hindsight is 20/20. Still doesn't mean it was a good idea.
 
2020-09-23 1:49:29 PM  
A lot of the wedding industry (photographers, smaller caterers, florists, private venues, dress shops etc.) are small businesses.  I do feel bad for them as the ripple effect is devastating to them as the story notes.  Even large venues and chains employ people that lose their jobs when weddings are canceled.

The industry as a whole charges a lot for what it does. That being said, nobody is forcing couples to have huge receptions and OTT ceremonies.  It is a choice for them and they know the costs going into it.  If they want to blow their money then it is up to them.

On the off chance I ever get married I am planning a drive through chapel that offers fries with the vows.  And spending the money on a kick ass trip instead!
 
2020-09-23 2:25:56 PM  

Olliewog: A lot of the wedding industry (photographers, smaller caterers, florists, private venues, dress shops etc.) are small businesses.  I do feel bad for them as the ripple effect is devastating to them as the story notes.  Even large venues and chains employ people that lose their jobs when weddings are canceled.

The industry as a whole charges a lot for what it does. That being said, nobody is forcing couples to have huge receptions and OTT ceremonies.  It is a choice for them and they know the costs going into it.  If they want to blow their money then it is up to them.

On the off chance I ever get married I am planning a drive through chapel that offers fries with the vows.  And spending the money on a kick ass trip instead!


Call a place you think would be nice to hold a reception at. Ask them the price for a wedding

Have someone else call them a few days later and compare that price to a birthday party (do NOT mention anything about a wedding. Just ask for a birthday party price)

Its going to be somewhere along the lines of 500% or more for the wedding because fark you thats why
 
2020-09-23 3:20:37 PM  

lifeslammer: Olliewog: A lot of the wedding industry (photographers, smaller caterers, florists, private venues, dress shops etc.) are small businesses.  I do feel bad for them as the ripple effect is devastating to them as the story notes.  Even large venues and chains employ people that lose their jobs when weddings are canceled.

The industry as a whole charges a lot for what it does. That being said, nobody is forcing couples to have huge receptions and OTT ceremonies.  It is a choice for them and they know the costs going into it.  If they want to blow their money then it is up to them.

On the off chance I ever get married I am planning a drive through chapel that offers fries with the vows.  And spending the money on a kick ass trip instead!

Call a place you think would be nice to hold a reception at. Ask them the price for a wedding

Have someone else call them a few days later and compare that price to a birthday party (do NOT mention anything about a wedding. Just ask for a birthday party price)

Its going to be somewhere along the lines of 500% or more for the wedding because fark you thats why


Same with anyone else you would call for support for that party.  Catering, DJ, etc.
 
2020-09-23 4:27:05 PM  
lifeslammer:
Call a place you think would be nice to hold a reception at. Ask them the price for a wedding

Have someone else call them a few days later and compare that price to a birthday party (do NOT mention anything about a wedding. Just ask for a birthday party price)

Its going to be somewhere along the lines of 500% or more for the wedding because fark you thats why


Two parts because fark you, one part bridezilla upcharge. 

/Wedding are SO much more work than other parties of the same size. 
//"But it's MY DAY!!!!"
///triple Advil for anyone who works weddings.
 
2020-09-23 4:54:26 PM  

lifeslammer: Olliewog: A lot of the wedding industry (photographers, smaller caterers, florists, private venues, dress shops etc.) are small businesses.  I do feel bad for them as the ripple effect is devastating to them as the story notes.  Even large venues and chains employ people that lose their jobs when weddings are canceled.

The industry as a whole charges a lot for what it does. That being said, nobody is forcing couples to have huge receptions and OTT ceremonies.  It is a choice for them and they know the costs going into it.  If they want to blow their money then it is up to them.

On the off chance I ever get married I am planning a drive through chapel that offers fries with the vows.  And spending the money on a kick ass trip instead!

Call a place you think would be nice to hold a reception at. Ask them the price for a wedding

Have someone else call them a few days later and compare that price to a birthday party (do NOT mention anything about a wedding. Just ask for a birthday party price)

Its going to be somewhere along the lines of 500% or more for the wedding because fark you thats why


No (or at least unlikely) return business.   If you do good on the birthday party, they might return in the future.  Also, people are going to be really picky about weddings.  Stuff has to be immaculate.
 
2020-09-23 5:03:37 PM  
Weddings are a particularly poor investment.  Much better to have a quick ceremony and save the cash for a house.

If anything, at least the virus hit an industry that needs cultural reform.  Sucks for the people who are out of work, unfortunately.
 
2020-09-23 5:39:03 PM  

Billy Liar: lifeslammer: Olliewog: A lot of the wedding industry (photographers, smaller caterers, florists, private venues, dress shops etc.) are small businesses.  I do feel bad for them as the ripple effect is devastating to them as the story notes.  Even large venues and chains employ people that lose their jobs when weddings are canceled.

The industry as a whole charges a lot for what it does. That being said, nobody is forcing couples to have huge receptions and OTT ceremonies.  It is a choice for them and they know the costs going into it.  If they want to blow their money then it is up to them.

On the off chance I ever get married I am planning a drive through chapel that offers fries with the vows.  And spending the money on a kick ass trip instead!

Call a place you think would be nice to hold a reception at. Ask them the price for a wedding

Have someone else call them a few days later and compare that price to a birthday party (do NOT mention anything about a wedding. Just ask for a birthday party price)

Its going to be somewhere along the lines of 500% or more for the wedding because fark you thats why

No (or at least unlikely) return business.   If you do good on the birthday party, they might return in the future.  Also, people are going to be really picky about weddings.  Stuff has to be immaculate.


a glorified 4 hour dinner party is NOT EVER worth 50k
 
2020-09-24 12:05:53 AM  

State_College_Arsonist: Weddings are a particularly poor investment.  Much better to have a quick ceremony and save the cash for a house.

If anything, at least the virus hit an industry that needs cultural reform.  Sucks for the people who are out of work, unfortunately.


The virus is pretty savagely attacking alot of farked up 'cultural norms'.

For example, the state of nursing homes pre-covid was pretty f'd up.  At some point, I haven't checked lately as it was too disturbing at the time, but nursing homes made up 30% of the covid deaths in the USA.

So while some people may be out of photographing weddings, others were already doing shiat work and now watching the people they take care of die so that others could have lavish weddings.  It's a sign of the inequality and also forcing essential work to sometimes be put on the desperate so that you can ignore.

For example, I had to turn down wedding work playing music knowing I couldn't get time off work taking care of a quadreplegic before covid, since all my coworkers were immigrants raising families with no spare time as it is, nevermind covering one of mine.

So while I would still have healthcare work available, the musician or photographer wouldn't since their work clearly isn't that important.  It just paid alot better.
 
2020-09-24 12:08:00 AM  

State_College_Arsonist: Weddings are a particularly poor investment.  Much better to have a quick ceremony and save the cash for a house.

If anything, at least the virus hit an industry that needs cultural reform.  Sucks for the people who are out of work, unfortunately.


If we only spent money on stuff we needed, most people would be unemployed, though.
 
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