So friends, it happened. My fiance and I got married. Instead of going with a big wedding, we decided to go to the courthouse. It was by appointment, hit all the legal points, and still made us feel special. It also qualifies as one of the smallest weddings ever. It was my husband, myself, my best friend from when I was 2, my parents, and his mom.
I guess after looking at how much everything could cost us, we
decided to be practical and go cheap. His mom got me a bouquet. My
dress was under $100. Dinner was the most expensive part, as we went to
a nice restaurant.
There were so many reasons to go
this route of marriage without the expense. We ended up having money
for a down payment on a house. I got a nicer ring. And we didn't have
to worry about planning the ceremony or managing the guest list. We
didn't have to worry about where people would sit or who would come, or
who wouldn't be talking to each other. My goodness, weddings are
Yes, sometimes I think I missed out on gifts
and all the fun that also goes with the bigger wedding. But we did a
tour where everyone met each other and it was fun because we still
didn't have to worry about the guest list. Oh no, now everyone is going
to copy us and want a smaller wedding.
Oh and about
gifts...when you have actually been living on your own for many years,
you actually have a great many of the things that you would get from a
wedding. Toasters, coffee makers, and the like were intended to help a
young couple get on their feet and make up for the cost of the wedding
and the dinner. It's a losing proposition nowadays. The people giving
the gifts often pay for travel, hotel, and a gift in addition. Wow,
weddings are expensive - not just for the couple's family, but for
everyone. We just skipped it and got on with actually being married.
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