Right now the wedding industry is not doing enough to endear itself to me. The more I try to accept the fact that it’s okay, we can have a wedding without breaking the bank and/or ending up in utter disappointment, the industry decides maybe I’m getting too optimistic and throws something in our way.
Today, while doing the daily rounds of the interwebs, I googled “outdoor wedding venues lebanon” to be able to build a better list of places to check out. As far as I’m concerned, if it’s not online, it doesn’t exist. So imagine my delight when I found one place that seemed to fit our criteria.
Instantly I emailed Ahmad about it who got in touch with the place even before I asked him to. His response was this:
$9,000 for weekdays and $11,000 for weekends. They offer nothing other than the garden, everything else we have to bring it.
Again, I would like to clarify that this place is asking for that much money just to rent their grounds and nothing else. I managed to furnish multiple rooms in the house for much less than that.
My reply? Sure, I have that much money lying around in my Swiss bank account. I’ll get it straight away.
This also reminded me of this one venue we saw at the wedding fair earlier that was only asking for $ 12,000 for similar services!
I never thought it would be this tough. I really did not. It has become apparent to me that this country knows no middle ground when it comes to its weddings: you either get no-name small venues or it’s extravagent and you have to put up your first child for mortage.
My searches so far for somewhere that meets the middle ground is in vain so far. I am asking anyone I know who has ever attended a wedding to recommend something, I’m doing my research online, I’m really really trying. But the industry might be stronger than me.
And there are just six more months left. I am really doubtful if I can do it.