I’m ready for all suggestions and help. I’ll try to be concise, but it isn’t easy since I tend to be long-winded.
My FI and I have been engaged for nearly 6 months now, and so far all we’ve done is pick a wedding date (in November).
At first, we both thought that we wanted to elope. After being engaged for more than 20 minutes, I decided that it isn’t what I wanted. I don’t want a big ceremony – both my FI and I don’t like the thought of standing up in front of hundreds of people – but I do want close family there. I thought just inviting parents, grandparents, and siblings to a ceremony and having a big reception after would solve everything.
But then my parents started causing problems saying that I had to invite some other family members because I’m named after them. And if I have to do that, I have to invite other family members too to make it fair. And it’s just spiraled out of control the last few weeks. My mom is INSISTING on "my namesakes" at the wedding to the point that she's just including them in on her guest list. She isn’t pleased that we don’t want a wedding party. She doesn’t like that I’ve picked a wedding date in the middle of the week and that I want the reception the same day instead of moving it to a weekend (the day we’ve picked is 11/12/13, which is why it’s in the middle of the week).
All of this I could probably deal with, but my FI still wants to elope. He wants to elope so bad that we can’t get past the guest list. He has anxiety which makes it really hard for him to want to stand up in front of anyone and say vows, so I know he isn’t just being a jerk. Plus he knows that my mother is going to put an inordinate amount of stress on me at every turn. And I want him to be happy; it’s his day too. But it isn’t what I want. I want my dad to give me away; I want my brother and my SIL there. I don’t want to spend the morning of my wedding getting ready by myself which is how it will be if we do elope. We can’t afford to take anyone with us. We can’t really afford to have a wedding at all. And no one is offering any money to help.
It’s so stressful because every time we discuss wedding plans, we don’t get any further than this. It’s almost gotten to the point where I don’t even want to talk about it anymore with anyone because I really just feel like no one is listening to what I want.
I want us to be the ones that are happy with our wedding day, and it seems like no matter what we decide on, one of us isn’t going to be.