THE WEDDING QUOTATION

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I’m gradually getting to that point where there are fewer things to complain about but knowing my Nigerian people, I’m sure they would not fail to disappoint me. Out of curiosity for the last three weeks every person I’ve met has been asked a series of questions, it’s my own way of doing a case study and the responses have been affirmative. I’m sure you’re all itching for the said questions, well I’ll kill the suspense and blurt it out, I’ve simply been asking people’s opinions on WEDDINGS (their plans, how much they intend to spend, how many guests, etc). Four out of five Nigerians wants to get married (not a real statistic, and I should point out gender but won’t) and due to the financial state of the world in the last few years would preferably have a little left after the event.

My reason for this case study is based solely on the fact that every Tom, Dick and Harriet I went to school with, worked with and even shared a bottle of Coke with is getting hitched and leaving me behind. Now, that is a good thing – I have no qualms about people wanting to settle down and start a new adventure, the only question I have in return is how do they do it, which is a question I’ve posed to most of my friends, to elaborate a bit further this question is posed to people I know are upwardly mobile and haven’t reached any peak of any sorts.

What do I mean; well in plain language; How does a less than 3million per annum earner do a wedding and start a home? I know sometimes miracles occur, and people chip in and help out, and some people are opportuned with sizeable trust fund and deep pocketed folks. I’ve been told sometimes you’ve got to take a leap of faith and hope there’s a cushion at the end, but I’m black and do not indulge in extreme sports. The commonest answer I’ve received is to make it a small wedding, but a reduction in quantity does not conversely imply appreciation in quality. In my opinion, however momentous a wedding is, it is first and foremost a shindig – and like every party, it is assessed on its entertainment value.

I think it’s safe to assume everyone has been for one great gig or another, and a wedding being what it is should surpass all other parties (makes sense don’t it).  And a great party is only accomplished by a fat wad of cash, so therefore no matter how tiny the crowd is ( ‘cept you’re inviting oompalumpahs) a wedding still adds up to a whole load of cash.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not being excessive or trying to avoid retiring my pimp belt, I just don’t want to invite 50 people to the party of my life and serve them white rice and stew and little cubes of meat, neither do I want to give them bottled coke and sprite, with cascade water only for the high table, call me whatever you want I believe your wedding day should have some panache.  I am on the other hand not saying you should spend all your savings on throwing an over elaborate wedding, pulling out all the stops for one day, when some of that money could have been saved for the years ahead.  I think everything should be in moderation, but moderation doesn’t mean an omission of class.

In my sanctimonious opinion, I think taking my time to ensure my wedding is a tasteful, classy and elegant event is the best decision ever made by a boy and also considering my fundraising for the new GL is almost complete, ensures I spend the next few months, maybe years in bachelor licentiousness.

What say you?

datboy_NOT

datboy_NOT

Who am I? Simply put I’m N.O.T or simpler still NUTS. I love life – the ups, the downs, the merry go rounds, but most of all I love that babe that carried me for nine months … She’s my inspiration, my role model. I can kill for music & I’ve seen enough movies to tell u the end; I love women & hanging out especially with my peoples. On that note enjoy my articles; sometimes it’ll be funny, sometimes long & annoying but most times it’ll just be nutty.

8 comments

  1. Nice one.but den a wedding involves two partners n if dey really understand each other den dey ll share d cost of d wedding

  2. I totally agree with you on the point about not compromising on quality just because it’s a small wedding! Its even better to have a high quality-small wedding than an elaborate one where more than half of the guest do not get to eat or drink anything. However, I must say that I think weddings are over-rated and over done in Nigeria and can give the couple a false sense of financial security from the onset of their union!

  3. Well said but what most newly weds in Nigeria fail to understand is that there’s life after the wedding ceremony…….that’s the real challenge and if u fail to plan for that…. well……all u wld get is jus sweet memories!

  4. The end was so abrupt! God know what I was still waiting to read!
    Yl I am yet to get married or plan a wedding, I do know that doing the above is no small business! Severally, I have yapped weddings where I dint eat/ was served bad food even sometimes wondering if it was by force to have guests! But we al agreed dt a balance has to be struck. Some can’t just wait forever to have those billions, cos by then there mayb no babes! Look at all our single SRs n Consos in Luth. Looked like they wanted the money first, now they have a lil of that but babes seem to elude them.
    3M per annum is actually just fair. If u earn less dn that I rily don’t know y a babe wd tell u yes I do.

  5. Good read. Still better ponderings.
    I for one don’t believe in weddings being overly elaborate. I was flabberghasted to see dancers (hired by my mom-in-law, of course) rocking away at my own traditional wedding. But, it doesn’t really hurt to have a big one, does it? Especially when you ain’t paying for everything yourself. 😉

  6. Datboy,u’ve said a lot that seems to make sense but u didn’t tell us about those ur friends who spent soo much money on their weddings and the kind of lives they are living?Do they seem like they are suffering? Those I know seem like they are blossoming even more cos God’s blessings are even more in their lives.Dude don’t just dwell on the finances and take the leap of FAITH

  7. i think the sermon makes a lot of sense, the reason we have a brain is to use it, there is no point marrying on little or no income, u dont need to have all the money but one needs to have some leverage before taking the big step. leverage may not necessarily be a GL, but of course a good car and a reasonable income. i also believe anything that is worth doing is worth doing well, and anything that is not worth doing well is not worth doing at all. so if u are going to bring pple together from different parts of the country to celebrate a marriage, the least one can do is to give them as much to eat and drink.

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