Hello everyone, happy Thursday the week is almost over. Hope it has been a fair week if not good at least? I have been thinking and came up with the idea below, radical but it would be effective.
Weddings again! It was inspired by the question circulating on instagram as to whether or not it was appropriate to use gofundme.com to fund a wedding. My idea however is charging a gate fee at a wedding- that’s crowd control, unless you are a serving policitian, then it will fail miserably because people will find the gate fee.
So you print on your invitation; asking folks to rsvp by making a payment into you bank account. Ideally this payment ahould cover your cost of feeding the person and seating them. So say your entire wedding costs N15million and you are expecting 1000 people, the gate fee should be N15,000.
This proposed method of crowd control will definitely get you talked about, insulted and maybe even ostracised in Nigeria, but your wedding will be much smaller than anybody could have ever predicted and will be far better organised. You make preparations for the guests who have paid a week before hand and then make some room for those who will try to pay at the door. Minis the siblings and parents of the couple, everybody else should be a paying guest.
Afterall, general wedding rules; “at least in the abroad” require that your gift value should at least cover the cost of feeding you. If the couple is generous, they can refund the money to the guests at the door. But there is no better control than that. Eliminate Asoebi and all other costs guests have to pick up. Somewhere in my mind this will end up being a 100 guest wedding at best, if you are popular, 200 guests.
I would be willing to pay for a wedding, and i will ask the couple why they are charging- reason might not be crowd control but actual cash flow. The most i would be willing to pay is N25,000. After all its the total price of attending some weddings in terms of asoebi and sewing the aso ebi.
So over to you. Would you be willing to pay for a wedding? A gate fee so to speak- whether or not you know it will be refunded? And if yes, how much? And what would be your thoughts on such a couple?
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