I'm new here, just got engaged this past weekend after 3 1/2 years together!!
My fiance is Irish and I am American. We currently live in America, but his visa is expiring soon and we're going to be applying for a K-2 fiance visa, which will allow him to come back for 90 days, during which we can get married. Then we can file an application for him as a spouse of an American citizen and for me as a spouse of an Irish citizen.
Because of the time constraints, we are submitting an application for our fiance visa in the next few weeks, then getting married at a courthouse in May/June so that he can move back to America while the spouse visa goes through.
We want to have our ceremony in Ireland, but I don't think we could have it ready in 7 months. I'd feel rushed and I want to enjoy being engaged and planning my wedding!!!! So, we decided to get legally married in May 2012, then have our ceremony in 2013 on our first anniversary.
Is this crazy?? My mother told me it's not a "real" wedding if we're already legally married and that there isn't much planning to do anyway, but I don't see it that way at all. We're just abiding by the government's rules without letting immigration laws dictate our lives!!
Any thoughts? It's such a tough situation, I'd love to hear what others think.