You know the saying that every little girl dreams of her wedding day? I wasn’t that little girl…in fact, I never put any great importance on getting married or what my wedding would be like. So when Chris and I decided to get married only a few short months after meeting, it came as no surprise to my family that I had no grand plans for our wedding day.
We went to the courthouse with his aunt as our witness and exchanged our vows – but that wasn’t good enough for my family!
My dad wanted to walk me down the aisle, and I can’t blame him for that now, can I? My mom wanted to see me in a wedding dress, my grandparents wanted to see their grandbaby get married…weddings aren’t just about the bride and groom, they are a family affair!
We settled on having a small ceremony at my cousin’s church in North Carolina, where most of my family lives. We timed it to occur the day before our annual family reunion so that lots of people would be in town, and we held our “reception” at the family reunion itself.
It was no big deal.
I never regretted having that small, informal wedding until I was older and my friends started getting married. After getting swept up in the ceremony of it all, I began to wish that I too, had gone wedding dress shopping, tasted cakes, picked out table settings…so much so that I decided that I wanted to have a wedding vow renewal on our 10 year anniversary!
I even bought a wedding dress.
Unfortunately, Chris changed jobs that year, and began traveling every month for work. It was just too hectic to try to coordinate a ceremony, so we never went through with it. We have been married for 13 years now, and I fully intend on renewing our vows on our 15th anniversary – with all of the pomp and circumstance that my wedding lacked.
When I hear friends talk about not caring about their wedding day, I always feel that I need to interject and tell them about my own regrets. In the moment, it might seem like a fancy wedding is a waste of money and unnecessary, but as the years go bye, it’s entirely possible that they will regret it, just like I have.
If you are engaged and in the midst of the small wedding vs elaborate affair decision, I implore you to think twice! Planning a wedding doesn’t have to be a nightmare, it can actually be very simple and elegant – and inexpensive if you do it right. There are so many resources out there to help you along the way, like http://directory.bride.com.
If you do use http://www.bride.com.au to help plan your wedding, I would love to hear about your results! Make sure to come back here and share – I might need your advice and recommendations when it comes time to start planning my vow renewal!
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