Weddings are significant and important milestones in every society and culture. They celebrate and solemnize the marriage vows that unite a couple, and often their families, in many different ways – communally, religiously, economically. In the past, a wedding might even have served as a public ratification of a treaty between two great powers.
While few modern weddings double as affairs of state anymore, there is no denying that they are still usually celebrated with a certain amount of pomp, circumstance and, quite often, extravagant expense. The bottom line is that for most people in most lands, weddings are still occasioned with a certain expected amount of conspicuous consumption.
But with careful planning and a detailed budget, the happy couple don’t need to start their lives together with additional debt. A 29-year-old Ghanaian accountant has anonymously taken to social media to share a financial plight he finds himself in after throwing an extravagant wedding to please his bride.
In the post sighted b on the Twitter handle @roll_up_kofi, the anonymous man recounted his saga in detail. The man said he used to have serious arguments with his now-wife concerning the size of their wedding. He wanted a small cost-effective wedding while the wife wanted an extravagant dream wedding.
Insisting on a small wedding, the then-girlfriend whose name was revealed to be Freda gave him an ultimatum. He had to either give her the wedding of her dreams or call off the wedding. Mr Accountant out of the love he had for Freda decided to go extravagant. He revealed he earns a monthly salary of Ghc2,500 and had managed to save Ghc30,000.
He was expecting a mid-year bonus of Ghc 75,000 and also intended to request for an advance on his provident fund which was about Ghc40,000. With all this money in mind, the young accountant made a budget of close to Ghc 200,000 for his wife’s dream wedding. The money was not readily available hence he went in for a loan with a conviction that he would be receiving the above-mentioned income soon.
The wedding was thrown at Kempinski, the bride’s dreams were fulfilled and he had the praise of his friends and family for going ham on the wedding. Right after the wedding, the COVID-19 pandemic set in and his company lost some big clients which resulted in him forfeiting the Ghc75,000 mid-year bonus and the provident fund advance.
He was also given a salary cut and the wife got pregnant. The 29-year-old accountant is now swimming in a pool of debt very devastated, he revealed. He is asking netizens to help him fix his plight.
Another brother going through it. We must learn the lessons. pic.twitter.com/xf4OSd9o34
— Fii (@roll_up_kofi) August 19, 2021