I’m a Sell Out…and other fun facts I’ve learned about myself since deciding to marry a White Man…

I’m a sell out. I’m a Negro Bed Wench. I’m an Uncle Tom. Yup…How did I find this out? Like most things, I’ve found out from the internet. I’m a bad woman who obviously hates myself and Black people…not because of who I “hate” but because of who I love.

It’s sad that in 2014 loving who you want to love (or can’t help but love) is still an issue, but it is. The uncomfortable juxtapose when we are together–seeing his pinkish skin near my caramel color is enough to invite looks that are sharp enough to cut glass from people showing their disdain for our relationship. I was so naive; too liberal; too Utopian in my thinking; too intermingled with people that are different than me to understand the gravity of what me marrying a White man means to other people. I just didn’t know. Call me inexperienced.

I’m 33 years old and I’ve had my fair share of relationships. I grew up in Minnesota, where there is a limited Black Community. Instead of trying to fit into a White box, I grabbed hold of my culture and wore it proudly, unabashedly, and allowed my whole spirit to be fully engulfed in an understanding of where I came from. My dad grew up on welfare in a one-room tenement apartment in Harlem, NY during the 50’s and 60’s. My mother was born in Birmingham, AL around the same time and her mother relocated them to Minnesota for a better life and to avoid the violent racism that plagued the South at the time. The KKK was killing Black children and burning crosses where my mother grew up, so they had to do the great exodus to the North.

My parents, for all intents and purposes,
grew up during what I would consider to be times of war. People were fighting for their rights. Things were changing. People died. People sacrificed. People changed the national conversation from the denial of rights of certain people to a pathway for equal rights for all. The struggle still continues, but I would certainly thank my parents’ generation for making those pathways for me. I got so entrenched in reading slave diaries, civil rights narratives, and Harlem Renaissance poetry about African and African-American culture, it forever burned into the spirit of who I am as a person. To this day, I don’t use the word “Nigga” because of what I learned about “strange fruit hanging“. I was so Afrocentric at one point, my body is still decorated with permanent tattoos of African symbols that documented my journey of self-discovery. I love being Black. No doubt about it. I take great pride in my culture and heritage. 

After I moved to California and ended a long-term relationship/engagement to a Black man, I found myself single in Los Angeles. For the first time in my life, men of all races, colors, creeds, backgrounds, and income levels started to notice me and ask me out. I pretty much exclusively dated Black until I was 25. I started becoming interested in the Latino guys that I knew. White guys would always ask me out, and at some point, I started to say yes to their offers. I had dated many guys of different races, but until I met my husband, I didn’t have any serious relationships with White men. 

My Husband on our Wedding Day
Fast forward to when I met my husband. We met through work. And no, I wasn’t his first girlfriend of color or his first Black girlfriend. His last girlfriend is a sweet and successful black woman, who is absolutely gorgeous; however, their relationship ended after nearly five years of them being together. She is so well-loved by his family, she is still considered extended family, and rightfully so. My husband has a strong preference for Black women. Not just light-skinned women, but black women of all shades, mixes, and varieties. He loves natural hair, afros, chocolate colored skin, full lips, and the attitudes of black women. He does not have a “fetish” for Black Women. He has a genuine preference and appreciation for the beauty of Black Women. He is a musician, and his appreciation for Black culture came from many of his heroes being Black musicians. He has lived his whole life in the Los Angeles area, which is the melting pot of the US. He is a blue-eyed soul boy. 

I personally had preferred dark-skinned, muscular, Black men my whole life. But there was something about the kindness in his blue eyes that made me give him a chance. I had no idea we would fall in love, be together through thick and thin, then get married. I had no idea I would grow to love his family as my own or that my father would grow to love him as his son. I didn’t know that my nephews and niece would adore their White uncle…and that my Brother-in-Law and my guy would hit it off as if they’d known each other for years. I had no clue that any of that would happen. I just was going on a date with a nice guy who seemed super excited to be in my presence. 

“Black women are not objects, we are people. And it’s not perverse for a man who is not Black to find us attractive. To imply that a Black woman cannot be attractive to another race due to her beauty–physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually–rather than superficial things like sex degrades the Black woman and strips her of the dignity and honor that she deserves.” 

Black women are constantly told a seriously degrading lie, “If a White man is interested in you, he is trying to feed a fetish. White men cannot be truly attracted to Black women for who they are; only what they look like, or as an object White Men use to assert their power over Black People.” This is the most disrespectful thing I can think of. A fetish is to have  an unnatural sexual attraction to an object. Black women are not objects, we are people. And it’s not perverse or unnatural for a man who is not Black to find us attractive. To imply that a Black woman cannot be attractive to another race due to her beauty–physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually–rather than superficial things like sex degrades the Black woman and strips her of the dignity and honor that she deserves. Black women are beautiful, gorgeous, strong, and our culture is interesting to just about every group in the world, whether they would like to admit it or not. When we imply that the beauty of Black Women can only be appreciated by Black Men, what are we telling Black Women? We are telling them that they are not good enough to be loved and appreciated, and that is just not the case. 

Love sees color, it just doesn’t care.

The truth that we’ve had to accept is that for some people, seeing us is a source of pain. Black men have been so brutally beaten up in the media and have been characterized as bad people for so long, some Black women have actually bought into the lie that Black men are the enemy.  Black men are not the enemy. They are our Brothers. 

When we started dating and going places together, I noticed something which we have named “The Look”. “The Look” is when a person goes out of their way to show you by their facial expressions or actions that they disapprove of your union. This look is most often given to us by Black Men and older White Women. “The Look” can be something as simple as an impenetrable stare (generally directed at me, rather than my husband), to having bus drivers pass us up on bus stops while they shake their heads in disapproval. “The Look” is often accompanied by snide remarks, or Black Men hitting on me right in front of my husband, with zero regard that he is standing with me. These remarks are made to try to provoke a reaction from my husband, but we generally ignore looks and comments. My mother first experienced “The Look” when we were on our family-shared honeymoon at Universal Studios and Disneyland when a White Woman gave us a degrading look of disapproval. My mom shouted back, “They’re Married!!”. My mom was pissed, but we were used to it. My parents have been so very accepting, and I felt really bad that our family was disrespected in that way on our family vacation/honeymoon. The truth that we’ve had to accept is that for some people, seeing us is a source of pain. Black men have been so brutally beaten up in the media and have been characterized as bad people for so long, some Black women have actually bought into the lie that Black men are the enemy.  Black men are not the enemy. They are our Brothers. Some Black men interpret a Black Woman dating outside of her race as her giving up on Black Men, instead of her simply being in love.

Another thing I’ve noticed is that people often don’t realize that we are together. They’ve even assumed I was with random Black Men that I didn’t even know over my husband, who is generally no more than 2 feet away from me at any given time in public. We generally hold hands in public, so that there is no confusion that we are a couple. We don’t mind PDA’s, but we generally engage in them more often than I have in other relationships, because otherwise, people put their feet in their mouths when addressing us.

I have been told online that I was a Negro Bed Wench. 

The Negro Bed Wench is a Black woman who will do ANYTHING to please her White bosses, especially White men. She is the female equivalent to the Uncle Tom, someone completely loyal to her White bosses and will not only lie, cheat and steal for him, but allow him to use her as his sexual plaything. 

Negro Bed Wenches makes White Corporate business owners comfortable. In fact out of all the Black sellouts she makes White bosses the most comfortable. White managers love Negro Bed Wenches because he knows how ruthless they are. As his enforcer, White Men can always count on her to do their dirty work. No matter how immoral, unethical illegal or heinous the act is she’ll get the job done and do it with pride. 

Anything an Uncle Tom or a Coon won’t do, A Negro Bed Wench will. And she’ll do it with a smile. Plus they allow him to meet the Affirmative Action quota by killing two birds with one stone, by hiring a minority person and a woman at the same time. Negro Bed Wenches are often placed in management positions and entry level front desk positions, she’s known for her hostile no-nonsense attitude and her cold demeanor. White Managers used her to strike fear and terror in the masses of employees and customers, especially the Black males. She’s a cruel dominatrix who lives to humiliate and crush people, especially Black men.”

I’ve had people call my husband my, “White Master” and I’ve been called and Uncle Tom. My husband is not my master, nor is he some weak simp who I boss around all day. Our home is run with a sense of love, equality, and a family first attitude. We don’t believe in yelling at each other, being domineering, or being cruel to one another. That’s just not how we are. And I’m not with him to prove anything. I’m with him because I love him and he loves me. After someone has held your hair while you puke repeatedly from food poisoning, you’ve fought daily for bathroom time, and you’ve held your tongue and just cleaned his whiskers out of the sink instead of making a fuss about him not cleaning up his shavings, life being with a White Man is no different than any other type of man. My husband has faults, shortcomings, and demons to wrestle with just like any other person. I just choose to love him regardless of that. 

If you find yourself thinking that all Black Men are terrible, I think it’s time that you check your choices in men. Black men are fucking awesome.”

My Father and Nephews walking me
 down the aisle.

I set out to write this article not to convince people to date outside of their race. I wrote this article to tell people it’s okay if you find yourself loving someone who looks different than you do. And if you are with someone, be with them because of the fact you love them, not what they look like. I wrote this to tell the world that every Black Woman who dates outside of their race is not here to degrade and disrespect Black Men. I’m so sick of these self-hating black women that date interracially for superficial reasons speaking out for the rest of us who have actual families with men outside of our race. Race is a social construction. There is no scientific way to categorize race. It does not actually exist. Cultural differences will always be there, and that can happen even among couples of the same “race”. And we as interracially dating black women cannot degrade Black Men in order to justify loving a man outside of our race. Black men have always been the rock of the Black community, and we need to respect their greatness, because we have sprung from their greatness. My life is filled with countless Black Men that I love and adore. Ones that I admire and strive to be like. I also admire and love my husband, who is White.

How do we make it work when we are so very different? Well, we do it through understanding. My husband acknowledges that this world is built upon the idea of White Supremacy and he also understands the privileges that being a thin, White, male comes with. He doesn’t try to tell me what my story is; and he also doesn’t try to act like I am not discriminated against as a Black Woman in a way he might never understand. We make it work because we are honest about the ways of the world and we know there is nothing we can do to change the world–other than love each other despite of the poisoning of the well with Racism. He accepts my experiences and I accept his. I hate the whole, “Love sees no color” bullshit. I see my man’s color and he sees mine, and we don’t care. To say you don’t see my blackness is to erase a big part of who I am. I am Black. You can see it. You can acknowledge it. Just don’t judge me by that alone.

When people compare my husband to a Slave Master and me to a Slave, or “House Negro”, it disrespects our family. Our family consists of both of our families, our extended family, our friends, and our two cute little dogs. We are an actual family. We are not playing house, nor are we playing Slave and Slave Master. We are a family, spiritually and legally. And when people imply that the 5 years we have known each other and have built our family is just a superficial hoax, it belittles what we’ve fought so hard to accomplish.

White men will not necessarily treat you better than a Black man. They don’t all have 
money to take care of you. In fact, mine was unemployed for the first year of our relationship. They will not inherently be better than a Black Man. None of this is true. The differences are quite subtle in your day to day lives. If you find yourself thinking that all Black Men are terrible, I think it’s time that you check your choices in men. Black men are fucking awesome. My dad is a Black man. One whom I love dearly. He taught me everything I know, and I will forever hold him in the highest regard. And the man that I fell in love with reminded me of my father. He loves me the way my father loves my mother, unconditionally. 

My Husband and I practicing the African-American Tradition of”Jumping the Broom” at our Wedding.

The Recycled Wedding: It’s nothing new…

The Recycled Wedding: It’s Nothing New… 
~Tips for Conscious Peacock Brides~

People have been recycling things since the beginning of time; however, since the industrial revolution, we’ve seen the growth of consumerism. That then produces waste. When things become common, we forget how much energy was put into creating them. We cast things into the trash that are 100% reusable  The fact that you want to hug Mother Earth while getting hitched is nothing new. And you shouldn’t feel bad about wanting to reuse items that were trash-bound. You can buy stuff new and use old things as well. Either way, being a conscious bride is a good thing. Don’t be ashamed of it! 

I’m not a hipster. I’m not a hippie. I don’t really know what you’d label me these days…but there is one thing I know for sure: I am very concerned about is the health of the planet. Weddings are wonderful parties…but those parties last one day. How much of our hard-earned money is going to the trash, then the landfill, then into our waters after our wedding day? You can have so much more if you reuse things that you can find for free. Abundance is hidden sometimes. 
The “Mason Jar” Phenomenon in weddings has taken over Pintrest, Etsy, and all corners of the wedding internets. The most appealing part of jars is that they are made of glass. Glass is strong and durable, while being fragile and simple–Just like a relationship. Nothing is more dynamic than watching light hit glass. That is the ambiance of romance…that’s the stuff that dreams and babies are made of; but you know what’s not so sexy? Garbage patches in the ocean. 

I decided that I want to use a lot of recycled materials in my wedding. Not only are they free, but they are still usable. I’ve been saving glass jars for over a year. I work in a place where we “demo” food items. Most of these jars are cast into the trash. No one recycles them because they don’t get a return value like cans and bottles for beverages. So I decided to adopt over 100 jars of various sizes. I didn’t turn a jar away! 

Here is a jar that I first frosted with glass frosting and then applied muti-colored rhinestones by hand. I took some pictures before they are finished so you can see what it looks like in-progress. 

Here are some ombre drip-painted mason jars. Look how beautifully the light blue ombre plays off of the peacock feather!! 

We are going to be doing all different types of jars in the blue ombre color scheme and the peacock color scheme. They will match because they will all be different. So far, when I put everything together, I am so happy that it is going so well!! 

The main thing you’ll have to get over about using recycled materials is: Not everything is going to match!! However, if everything is a little mismatched, then a new pattern is created. There is beauty in imperfection!! We need to embrace that. I plan on keeping or selling the jars I have created. Now things that we once landfill-bound will now grace the shelves of homes as treasured lanterns. These might be donated to another bride who cannot afford to make this many lanterns for herself. These things are beautiful and have purpose now. 

Be conscious…

Here, judge the bride….Snarking in the Wedding Community

Here, Judge the Bride….

Women are always pressured to fit into someone’s box…

…but what if you don’t fit into the boxes 
that are handed to you?

As a bride, I am somewhere between traditional and offbeat. I read articles or threads on various Facebook pages and websites and sometimes I stare at my screen, downright offended by our culture’s propensity to judge a bride’s choices for one of the most important days of her life. I have found this to be true on both traditional message boards and offbeat sites. The popularity of “snarking” is rattling me to the core.

What is a snark? Snark is mix of “snide” and “remark”=a snide remark that is said only to be mean spirited and has no base in actual fact. Snarking is damaging because it seems to be totally acceptable to talk about people as if they are just images or robots that have no feelings. It’s okay to snark. And if you like to snark, you will find yourself in great company on the internet. As a humanist, I have realized that it’s not okay to judge people in this way. I used to snark people all the time, until I met people that educated me about why we snark (to project our insecurities on others) and how damaging it is to other women and ourselves. They pulled my card and I had to change my ways. 

It seems to be a socially acceptable norm to haphazardly throw around words like “tacky“, “ugly“, “fat“, “skinny“, “anorexic“, “tasteless“, etc when commenting on all things wedding. Judging brides seems to be an extension of the judgment that women face on a global scale. Judging a bride, though, seems heartless on every level because in essence it is attacking the expression of someone’s way of being…and how they choose to celebrate what I consider to be a great victory in life: To meet someone, fall in love, make a life-long commitment, and to celebrate that commitment in the presence of those who will support that union. It is an attack on womanhood as a whole. Telling a woman her wedding is ugly is like telling her that her baby is ugly. Now don’t get me wrong…I’ve seen what I consider to be ugly wedding choices, and I’ve seen a few ugly babies too…but to tell someone that their choices are wrong or that their children are ugly is just as tasteless and tactless as the wedding choices they are attacking. I wish someone had told me that as a bride, I would spend many nights confused, upset, and questioning myself and my decisions because everyone and their mom wants to judge my choices for my day. 

The 5 Snarks that need to be exposed…

The Five Deadly Snarks of Weddings: Snark #1–Creative Expression

The Five Deadly Snarks of Weddings: 

Creative Expression

1. Snarking a bride’s taste or competency in making decisions for herself. I’ve spent more than a few moments of my life since I’ve gotten engaged second guessing myself. At first, I was easily influenced by what people thought. Now I’ve realized that I am a competent woman who is creative, intelligent, and pretty organized. I don’t need to rationalize every decision I make when it comes to decisions about the wedding I am throwing and paying for to someone else. 

Why is this sore subject so fresh on my mind?? Well, mainly because some reality star (I use the term “star” loosely, mind you…) got married and everyone began attacking her because of what some consider to be poor taste in wedding attire and dinner selection. “Momma June” Shannon (Mother of child-pageant participant Alana, aka Honey Boo Boo) and Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson got married. Now mind you, I have never once watched their show and I don’t care to. I did read about their wedding though. Their spread sounded pretty good for a Southern Down-home BBQ wedding. They had a whole roasted pig that was made into pulled pork sandwiches and ribs. They had corn on the cob, mac and cheese, baked beans and sweet tea. Hey…we wouldn’t serve this, but I don’t know many Southerners or fan of comfort food that would turn this down. 

Miss Alana wore a pretty cute pageant dress made up of pink and orange ruffles. Momma June wore a camouflage dress with bright orange accents. I admit, this dress is not for me at all…but who am I to judge what Honey Boo Boo’s mom does? What authority do I have to tell someone they can’t have Airheads and Sour Patch Kids at their candy table? I happen to like those candies. I would probably snag a few, even though I would worry about all the high fructose corn syrup that I would be consuming for the day. No one is under my jurisdiction. If you want a camo dress, and your daughter wants to wear some frilly pageant dress, why not? It’s your day to do as you please. I’m wearing a blue peacock embroidered dress. I’m sure someone will think it’s tacky…and guess what? I don’t give a fluffy bunny fuck about what they think. I even had a friend tell me my engagement ring was tacky. Who cares? She doesn’t have to wear it; I do. 

For all these people thinking that her dress is ugly and tacky, remember beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder. Don’t think your toilet smells like roses. I am sure some of your guests might have whispers behind your back about how tacky your bridesmaids’ dresses are. Your grandma might think your makeup is too dark and looks slutty. Everyone gets to have their day the way they want it…tacky or not. And that includes your tacky wedding too…

The Five Deadly Snarks of Weddings: Snark #2–Body Snarking

The Five Deadly Snarks of Weddings:

 #2 Body Snarking

2. Body-snarking other brides or models. As I’ve surfed, debated and people-watched the internet, it’s apparent that women have been totally brainwashed by the media to not only hate themselves, but other women as well. There are two-sides of the nasty wooden-nickel of body snarking: Fat shaming and skinny shaming. It’s all body shaming in an attempt to make people feel guilty for what they look like. Simply put, when you shame other people’s body, it tells more about how you feel about your body than it does about how you feel about theirs. 

This post was on HuffPost Wedding’s Facebook page:

 The question was: Do you think this Reem Acra gown is too sexy for a bride?

 Then the nasty, hideous (and predictable) comments followed: 

“Yes and she is way too thin”

“Way too [sexy]. And she looks like an anorexic skeleton with chapped elbows!”

Yeah, evil bitches. Way to keep it classy. If you were one of these women making these comments–shame on you. I clicked through to the woman’s page who called the model an anorexic skeleton, and she had posted that she was working with a trainer, trying to get in shape after having 2 kids. It seemed to be, on her part, a bit of projection. She is not satisfied with her own body, so she attacks an innocent person whom she does not even know. It’s funny…I was on another site where this SAME WOMAN made nasty comments about another woman’s body. She just goes around trolling and snarking. How sad. You cannot judge someone’s health by one photo. This model is thin. But she is also a person. This person is not just a body, but a human being who has value and worth; no matter what her body looks like. You can judge the dress…sure. To each his own. But you really shouldn’t snark bodies. It shows a level of insecurity and ugliness that is unbecoming to anyone who chooses to do that. Clean up your own house. Hope that trainer is working for that trolly-snarker. 

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The Five Deadly Snarks of Weddings: Snark #3–Relationship/Engagement Duration & Timing of Marriage

The Five Deadly Snarks of Weddings: 

#3 Relationship/Engagement Duration
 & Timing of Marriage

3. Snarking a relationship for it’s length instead of admiring its strength. Now here’s where I’m going to get a little personal. I’ve felt a bit of snark about the length of my relationship in relation to us getting married and I’ve find it to be a tired and annoying subject to hear over and over again. 

After a few months of being with, a co-worker snarked me for saying, “I love you” to my beau as I was ending a phone call. She said, “You guys are saying I love you already? Haven’t you been together for like a week or two?”  How dismissive and crude. Actually, we had been together for 2 months. And I thought…of course I love him! I wouldn’t be in a relationship with someone I didn’t love! It seemed absurd to me that she would snark me for saying I love you to a man that I was in a committed relationship with and also having sex with! Not saying you have to be in love every time you have sex, but I would hope that you’re in a relationship with someone because you have grown to love them. 

Here’s the timeline of my relationship:
  • Almost 4 years ago we met through work. 
  • We were friends for about 1 1/2 to 2 years before we started dating. 
  • We were Facebook friends for that time as well. 
  • We realized we liked each other in 2011. 
  • We talked on the phone for almost 2 months before going on our first date. 
  • We went on our first date on July 8th, 2011. 
  • We became a couple 2 or 3 weeks after. 
  • We  first talked about marriage within our first month of being together. 
  • I gave him a key to my apartment after month one of dating. 
  • We moved in with each other after 2 months of dating. 
  • We spoke about engagement after 3 months of being together. 
  • We told a few people about our plans to get married after month 6. 
  • We officially announced our engagement after he met my parents for the first time after 1 year of being together. 
  • He officially proposed on March 21st, 2013 (my birthday). 
  • We booked our venue and our parents met for the first time in April of 2013. 
  • We have been together for 2 years now. 
  • We will be wed in the 3rd year of our relationship. 
  • We will have been engaged for 2 1/2 years by the time we get married. 
I heard a lot of comments about us moving too fast. But what does “too fast” even mean? What I knew in month 1 that is still true today two years later is: I love this man, he’s the best friend I’ve ever had, and this relationship is the best I’ve ever been in. It’s not like we just met and got engaged. We knew each other for almost 2 years before we even dated! That doesn’t seem whirlwind to me at all, as some people I’ve talked to made it seem. That seems like two people that took a long time to get to know one another before jumping into a relationship. Sure, I know him way better now than month one…but I have loved him from the beginning. I’ve liked him since the moment we met and he felt the same about me.

So why did we choose to get married within 3 years? Well, that’s very simple. I’m 32, he’s 38. We are two very grown people who are ready to settle down together. We know what we want. And with me being 32, I have to face the fact that my optimal child-bearing years are coming to an end. After 35, it’s harder to get pregnant. We want the option of trying for a child and we want to be married before bringing a child into the world. It’s important for us to be married because we want to express to the world our higher commitment. We aren’t just boyfriend and girlfriend. We aren’t just shacking up. We aren’t just here until something better comes along. We are a family. And I want legal documentation that says we are one. Period. We’re both old enough to know what we want and the gravity of the commitment we have made. Marriage just makes it legal.

Our relationship has had its own course. There is no one way to fall in love and get married. Some people I know have waited 9 or 10 years and had children and houses before getting married. Some have been together longer than that with no marriage. I know one couple that was married within a year of knowing each other and now have 3 beautiful children together. You can’t judge a relationship by the time is has existed. You have to judge it on the accomplishments, mutual respect, and happiness of the people in the relationship. 

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The Five Deadly Snarks of Weddings: Snark #4–Budget Snarking

The Five Deadly Snarks of Weddings:

#4 Budget Snarking

4. Budget snarking. Arrrghghh. This one bothers me almost more than anything else. The offbeat, DIY, I-paid-$7-for-my-wedding-dress-at-the-thrift-store-$500-potluck-hipster brides are the WORST when it comes to budget snarking. Hey, having a $1000 wedding means you are clever, crafty, and that you had certain resources available to you to pull it off. That’s it. Nothing more. Making all your invitations by hand doesn’t make your invitations more “real” than someone who had them made by an invitation artist. The fact that your aunt allowed you to use their backyard free of charge makes you LUCKY, not better than someone who puts $10,000 down on their venue. Not everyone has the same resources as you do. For instance, my family lives in the Midwest. I don’t have an aunt Sally with a big backyard for me to get hitched in. And the fact that you bought your entire wedding off of etsy just makes you…well, that makes you awesome…but that’s not the point. The point is: Get off your high-hipster-horse and realize that you’re not doing anything original in the sense of getting married. People have been having DIY weddings before there was ever a thing such as the wedding industry. With all due respect, please get over yourselves. Stop downing people for spending as little as $5,000 on a wedding for 100 people. And stop pushing those goddamned potluck dinners on the rest of us! Peacock Brides ain’t got time for that…

I don’t particularly like the idea of potluck. I got food poisoning at a potluck celebration for graduates at my childhood church. I spent my graduation weekend puking while I watched my friends party. So no. I don’t do potlucks and I generally don’t eat potato salad that someone else has made. Should I feel bad or less down to earth because I would rather a restaurant cater than have random food show up on the table? No. I don’t have to explain my budget to you. I don’t have to justify my expenses. This is my money that I’ve worked hard to save and I will spend it as I please.

You know what’s the best part of someone else’s wedding? The fact that you don’t have to pay for it. I applaud any bride who can pull off a wedding for almost nothing. Realistically, many people can’t or don’t want to. It’s none of your business what someone else spends and it’s not right to down people because they are receiving financial help from family members. 

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