Saturday, October 31, 2009

Seriously Saturdays (The Are you kidding me's? of wedding planning)

So I'm a huge Grey's Anatomy fan.  But even before the hype of some of their catch phrases, I think I was already using one of the word's that has shaped many a conversation in my life.  If you're not sure what I'm talking about, check this out:



Seriously!  I love that word.  I mean, how is it possible for someone to convey so much thought, attitude, frustration, support, anger, love, and genuine emotion with just the simple tone of a word?  Lovely. 

That said, I have found myself often discussing, dealing with, venting and just trying to understand the thoughts and reasoning behind some of the things people do and offer and say when it comes to my wedding planning process.  Are you with me on this girls?  Therefore, I introduce you to Seriously Saturdays...each Saturday I will post a brief thought or anecdote about something wedding related that just makes me say:

Seriously?

Today's thought:  So when visiting venues we often asked when their peak season is...in an effort to receive  any discounts for 'off season' booking.  (see my post on venue interviews here)  We were originally told by one venue that their off season months are January through April.  Yea for us!  We want to book in April.  Then when we finally inquired about the pricing, they had a different venue rental fee for each one of those months!  And guess what?  The month of April was the highest of course.  :(

So the fiance told me it would be a good idea for us to consider getting married in March because they would let us book any weekend in March for $1,500 less than the several dates I asked about in April.  As silly as it sounds, March is a rain month in So Cal...April not so much (see previous post).  I stood my ground and the fiance agreed to let me book my date of April 16th.  But they told us if we booked the last Friday in March instead (just 3 weeks earlier) they would have given us the $1,500 discount.  SERIOUSLY!?! 

Have you had any experiences like this where it seems almost ridiculous how the wedding industry rapes us as brides? I mean, seriously!  (excuse the bad analogy)

7 comments:

LeddaBlue said...

Wow, that's a pretty good discount! I haven't noticed anything like that here in NM. Prices tend to stay the same unless it's close to Valentines Day, then everything changes. Although, I did get a great 20% discount off of my dress because of a Fourth of July promotion, I think it was more just luck though because I have never heard of that particular botique giving discounts. I like your new "Seriously Saturday's"!

Jessica Lynn said...

:) I say "seriously" on a regular basis every day. Interesting that the comment above is from NM, because that's where I am, too! I'm getting married in February, which you would think would be a discount month (it's not on Valentine's Day weekend, either), but no. No discounts whatsoever. Lame.

PartyPlannerGal said...

Yes, this happened to us, too. May through October is considered "high season" at our venue. We are getting married October 23, and if we had just waited until the first week of November, we would have saved $1,500. I think October should be "low season" because October can still be pretty rainy in the SF Bay Area.

Miss T said...

I feel like I must have said "Seriously" about a million times in regards to price since starting to plan a wedding. It is utter madness!

Exciting you booked a venue thought!

Crystal @ MyCarmelWedding said...

Instead of "seriously," I've been using "really?"

As in, "really? A bouquet a flowers on my wedding day is going to be $350? REALLY?"

Flowers and gowns are the two areas that are hard for me to wrap my mind around, cost wise.

Born to be Mrs. Beever said...

Oh yes, Crystal...I also use really in lieu of seriously as well. And I agree...I just can't believe that my flowers cost almost as much as my photographer and DJ combined!

Westside Wedding said...

We were shocked when we found out the prices, what we thought our wedding would cost, is just the cost of the venue, food & drinks. It's pretty insane how they take advantage of weddings. I'm getting married in April & in So Cal too!

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