I Have a Phobia for Weddings
I've always had a phobia when it comes to weddings. The crazy thing about this phobia is that it doesn't get triggered when I'm at other people's wedding but only when I think about mine in the future. The first real wedding I attended was that of my uncle, it was a typical church wedding famously known as the white wedding and I remember how I cringed when it was time for my uncle to kiss his wife. Surprisingly, my dad didn't even try to stop I and my siblings from looking just like he does when strangers kiss on television, the man was grinning from ear to ear watching his little brother get married.
Then we moved to the reception which basically was what everyone except for the family members were there for, because that was where we got to eat the rice and chicken and also enjoy all sorts of drinks. That was actually the first time I got to have a taste of alcohol which my aunt had given to me and I had ended up sleeping all through my way back home, even though I only had a sip or two.. I was a little kid back then so what do you expect.
Then I had attended my first ever traditional marriage about a year ago. Somehow I had found myself in charge of filming the whole negotiations between the village women of both families and I remember being so shocked by the marriage list and also the huge sum of money that was exchanging hands right in front of me. And that was when another phobia got added to my previous phobia for weddings.
My first phobia for weddings was due to one simple thing, the many people at a wedding. I've always been a shy lad and we all know that shyness and dancing in front of 50+ strangers (depending on how big the wedding is) doesn't go so well together.
Unfortunately, as a Nigerian, I can't exactly escape the expenses that comes with traditional marriage, unless I'm getting married to a foreigner whose people don't do traditional marriages. And I also don't plan on being broke so the money part will be handled.
As for the white wedding, I actually plan on having a very small gathering and not the usual graduation party Nigerians do all in the name of weddings. I plan on just inviting nothing more than five friends, my family, my wife's five friends and also her family and before you know it, we're done.
And my reason for this has nothing to do with the financial expenses, although that kind of wedding would indeed be saving me from a lot of expenses, but it's just what I feel comfortable with and I really would love to have my wedding that way. Unfortunately, when it comes to weddings, the wife-to-be is always wanting to be in charge and having things her way because it's her "special day" and being the kind of guy that I am, I know for a fact that I would want my wife to enjoy every bit of the wedding so I would end up not doing things my way just to make her happy.
So I guess at the end of the day, unless I find a way to convince future Mrs Prayzz that a small wedding is best, I would have to go learn some really cool dance moves because no one is going to beat me on the dance floor at my own wedding.