When we decided to get married, we planned a wedding that we thought we could reasonably afford. Granted, we could have gone cheaper, but I am glad we didn’t. The wedding was exactly the way we wanted it. Luckily, we ended up getting some help from my mom and H’s parents. In the end it didn’t really cost us as much out-of-pocket as we had planned.
Good thing too, because we ended up having several unexpected house repairs that sucked up the money we originally set aside for the wedding. We completely lucked out on the generosity of those who love us.
After it was all said and done I think we only ended up paying for our rings. The rest came from our parents.
As we drove home the day after the wedding, we didn’t feel the pressure of impending wedding bills. There was no post wedding blues. While we put effort into planning the event, it didn’t take over our lives and become the focus. We planned a wedding for us and included those we love. We talked about how the world felt brighter, how much we enjoyed the wedding, and having the people who mean so much to us attend. There were people missing of course, people that we care about, but we set a specific limit and stayed with it.
Inviting people to our wedding rather than having a wedding for others made all the difference.