It's A Pop-Up!
Let’s talk weddings!
I wanna talk about elopements and pop-up weddings since it seems that today’s generation is throwing away basic tradition and finally having a day for them, as it should have been all along. And who can really afford a big wedding anyways.
My fiancé and I have been engaged for just a little over two years now and the count down to our wedding day has commenced (plug in Europes’ Final Countdown keyboard solo). We are very non-traditional and our wedding day will show that. We started planning our wedding two years ago and within those two years everything regarding our day has flopped 180 degrees, but for the better. We let family get into our heads, that we needed to have that, picturesque, Pinterest wedding. I was ALL about having a picture perfect wedding, with rented antique furniture, charcuterie boards, food trucks, craft beer….blah blah blah. As we dove deeper into planning our wedding, the stress kept building and building until one day I had a break down and said “FUCK THIS”. I thought to myself, “Why is this so stressful? This should be about the happiest day of my life and I am far from happy right now!” I came home and told my fiancé that we needed to re-evaluate our wedding.
At this point we had already dropped $2,300 on a venue deposit and, to be honest, I didn’t care, because I wanted out. I didn’t want to become one of those “Bridezillas”. So, we had a conversation that evening and we decided within five minutes that we were not going to have the big extravagant wedding.
We decided, in that moment, to have a small wedding and not only small, but a pop-up wedding to be exact. Do you know how much money we’ll be saving?!?! About $14,000! Plus, who wants to pay for a $14,000 dinner, which is what weddings basically are. Our guest list went from 150 to 60 and our excitement level went from 2% to 200%.
So, whats a pop-up wedding you ask? A pop-up wedding is when you get your closest friends and family together and tell them to meet up at a specific time and spot, in town or at an area of significance to you and your fiancé. Then you show up, have a five minute ceremony and party the night away! Easy peasy.
Jeff, the fiancé, and I are huge nerds and our favorite place to be is at Denver Comic Con (now named Denver Pop Culture Con). Comic Con is Disneyland for nerds. If you’ve never been to one, I highly recommend it. Since this is our favorite place to be, we decided, “Why not get married at Comic Con?!?!” So, you guessed it, we’re doing a pop-up wedding at Comic Con. I no longer have to plan a wedding and I’m actually looking towards the day, instead of stressing about money, who’s going to sit with who, or if a certain uncle is going to get shit faced again, instead looking at it with love in my heart and excitement coursing through my veins!
If you are a bride reading this, all I’m going to say is ditch the big wedding and go small. At the end of the day it’s about you and your spouse and no one else. Seriously, go elope to Europe or have a pop-up at your favorite park or downtown in an alley and spend that wedding money on a house or a sweet vacation.
Until next time.