Ha ha ha! I kind of loved getting this post, because I’ve been thinking about a few things after watching Karen Straughan’s response to Jordan Petersen on MGTOW – men who reject marriage and legally fraught relationships with women entirely.
I’ve always felt a bit twitchy about women who covet the Big Day, and while I share a tiny bit of the big, white, fancy princess ethos, my own wedding was small, intimate and cost under $1500. I was interested in actual marriage, not the marriage ceremony.
Of course, this is a false dichotomy – wanting a Big Fat Fluffy Wedding does not mean a woman cares only about the wedding and not the marriage, and a quickie, inexpensive wedding could mean a woman is just looking to speed the process of wallet-raping her groom at her earliest convenience.
In general, I will hold that big wedding dreams should give men pause, but not moreso than marriage itself should give men pause. Marriage is a rigged game. Peter Lloyd calls it The Fraud of the Rings.
Men, of course, are going to continue to get married, because men are programmed at a very deep, profound level to provide for women, and they will typically do what women want. Since women aren’t stupid, and understand perfectly how much they stand to benefit from legally enforceable access to a man’s past, current and future resources, they want weddings!
How about a fun compromise: get married at a casino!
Remind yourselves that marriage is a huge gamble: you are literally betting half your stuff that it will work out in the long run. This post looks at British casinos, but really any casino will do. Just remember, the house wins in the long run. Or there wouldn’t be any casinos.
Remember that part in the first The Hangover Film where Stu got so wasted he married Jade, a stripper and mother to Baby Carlos, in the Best Little Chapel whilst on a Bachelor’s party in Las Vegas? Some people might frown at the thought of getting married in Sin City, but the fact that the average cost of a wedding in the United Kingdom is around £30,111* it’s understandable why some many Brits are now choosing a destination wedding.
The cost of a wedding in Vegas can be broad and depends on what you are looking for. A basic ceremony package which includes a minister, a basic floral arrangement, photographer, and transportation can cost between $495 and $695 (£383 and £538). This can rise to anywhere between $2,000 to $9,000 (£1546 to £6957) for an all-inclusive package which includes attire, hair and makeup, deluxe limousine services, photo sessions on the Las Vegas Strip and a large wedding reception.*
For those who don’t wish to travel overseas, there are ways that you can bring the fun, opulence and creativity that is Vegas to your wedding. Have a casino themed wedding.
The average price for stationary at a wedding is approximately £271. This includes wedding invitations, escort cards, and menus. Once you’ve picked your theme (Las Vegas/Casinos) it can be fairly easy to search through an array of pre-set templates which you can customise to fit your individual style.
You can also go one step further by creating your own templates and have printed by a high street printing service.
Table layout and plate settings can take up a big chunk of the £3,919 it costs for a reception venue, if you choose to have ceremony at a separate location. Some venues would have recommended suppliers, such as florists or caterers but they might not do the specific theme that you’re after. If this is the case then you’re better off going solo. You know your theme so it’s crucial that everything you want on that day is there.
If you want to stick to the casino theme then we’d recommend that you go with red and black, for table and chair coverings, a giant centre piece with decorative feathers for that Vegas showgirl feel. You could also include playing card suit table numbers to reinforce that casino theme.
Flowers are probably one of the most visually appealing parts of a wedding day, having a beautiful wedding bouquet and centre pieces. Wedding flowers can vary enormously, particularly around Valentine’s Day and mother’s day where prices can be astronomical due to demand some places fetching over £500.
As a cheap, homemade, alternative that fits with the theme you could have your flower pieces made from objects, such as jewellery, playing cards or poker chips.
Prices for wedding cakes can range from £300 (standard two tier cake to feed 60 people) to more than £900 based on number of tiers, filling and decoration.
Apart from taste, presentation is key. If you want to get noticed and be remembered for having an impressive wedding cake we’d recommend you aim high and have a casino themed wedding cake. If you wanted to save the pennies on other parts of your wedding budget, you could also opt for the cupcake option.
It’s not all about a live band or a great DJ, sometimes people just want to have something to do apart from sit at the table, stand at the bar or be at the dancefloor. A wedding can hold all different types of entertainment.
If you’re planning on having a casino theme wedding then we’re sure that you’ll want to embrace the evening by having your very own black jack and casino tables. These tables can be available to hire.
- Cost of an average wedding and break down sourced from Brides Magazine – September 2016
- Cost of Las Vegas wedding packages sourced from The Little Chapel – April 2016. Prices converted using Google Money Converter.
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