NaBloPoMo: An Unbeatable Deal

PostADay Prompt November 27th – Race the clock: Here’s the topic for your post: “An Offer I Couldn’t Refuse.” Set a timer for ten minutes, and write it. Go!

If someone knocked on my door right now, right at this very second, and offered to pay for my wedding for me… If they said “money is no object” and promised that I could be involved as much or as little as I wanted in organising the wedding… that would be an offer I couldn’t refuse.

Of course it is true that money doesn’t buy happiness. Likewise a wedding is ‘just a day’ with a hefty price tag. But still, it is my wedding. We almost cancelled it a couple of weeks ago, because we were so convinced that we couldn’t afford it. Being unemployed students really does not help with paying for a wedding that is (at the time of writing) only nine and a half months away.

Money is a tricky thing. But whilst I see the logic in the old adage I don’t believe I am the only one who sees that money is necessary for consistent happiness, in most cases. Yes, even the poorest people may experience moments of happiness every now and again. But I’m sure when they’re shivering in the cold trying to sleep, or when they haven’t eaten in days and their stomach is growling so loudly that they can’t hear themselves think…

Tell me, how can money not help in these situations? It’s a fact of the modern world – food and shelter, the basic necessities of life, are dependent on money. And without the basic necessities of life, how can anyone be truly happy?

Of course I know my situations are far lesser than this. Struggling to pay for a wedding is hardly comparable to being homeless and starving. But the problems filling one’s own vision are inevitably the largest problems on one’s minds, simply because they are ever-present.

So yes, if someone knocked on my door and offered me a wedding that I could only dream of in the wildest corners of my imagination (and believe me, I have a wacky imagination!) I would jump on the opportunity without a moment’s hesitation. (Actually I might hesitate, after all… I’m not sure why someone would offer such a thing without a catch of some sort being involved.) But, if the offer was of a certain amount of money to use towards the wedding… I would like to think my jumping would be slightly less direct, and that I would plan my wedding with some frugality (as we are trying at the moment), and what is left from the offered sum I would readily, and happily, pass on to those less fortunate than me.

Because money may not buy happiness, but it certainly helps.

 

8 thoughts on “NaBloPoMo: An Unbeatable Deal

  1. George and I had a wonderful wedding just over 7 years ago. We married in the church we attend; I made the cake; between us we did the buffet and on the following Saturday we had a blessing of our marriage in the church I used to attend in Cornwall and the reception there (again self-catered) was attended by all our friends in Cornwall! The vicar gave us the use of the church hall as a wedding present and also prepared the Order of Service free. Mind you, I love cooking and for twenty years George owned a pub-restaurant and did most of the cooking there! Good luck with your plans.

    • Wow, sounds like you had some good connections! My mum is going to be doing the flowers and cake, which is very helpful. We did consider self-catering but for us it seemed too much hassle; though I love cooking we don’t really have the facilities to be making the food for everyone on the guest list! Thank you for the luck, and for commenting 🙂

    • I can certainly agree on that. I’m actually really enjoying working out homemade Christmas gifts for people at the moment, and looking forward to making them. But of course, that doesn’t change that money for food/shelter is fairly important – creativity can only go so far in those respects. Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂

    • We have considered that actually! Unfortunately we both come from relatively large families and there would be much disappointment if we didn’t have a wedding they were invited to. I don’t really want to start married life with our families resenting us! Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂

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