Hello everyone, I just need to vent a little bit about the wedding stuff and I figured you girls (and maybe guys) would understand. I officially got engaged in October and I am so excited to start planning the wedding. My fiance and I are not traditional and we have had the marriage talk before. Both of us are on the same page, we fit together in every way and we work together as a team. I never thought we would make it "official" for a while but on halloween we were talking and decided to make it official.
Due to finances and both of us living with out parents, we decided to have our wedding sometime in January 2015. Both of us are working and have other bills to take care of so I figured we could save enough in 2 years to have the wedding we both want. The budget we both discussed is $5,000 for everything and I know it can be done. There is a lovely venue close to my house that just has a very reasonable catering minimum and a private space. The food is excellent and the builiding is old so decorating will be easy.
So far I already have a theme down and a color scheme. It will be a winter theme wedding and so far I have almost half of the reception table decorations. I know it's still early for some of that but I found some really good sales and couldn't pass them up. I decided to make paper flowers for the reception and ceremony decorations. I found some really easy paper punches that you can just roll and unfold and they look gorgeous. I plan to use the paper flowers in old wine/liquor bottles. I'm not a very good crafter but i've seen some gorgoues ideas on some diy projects and I know with practice (and help from my crafty mom and fiancee) I'll be able to get it done, especially if I have 2 or more years to do it,
My vent at the moment is my wedding might have to be pushed back until 2016 or maybe later. Brandon and both work for companies in the same union. At the moment our union is trying to negoiate a new contract and at the moment the companies we work for are not putting anything on the table and therefore his company might move to strike. If the strike happens at his store then he will be on the picket line and while he is on the picket line he won't be getting any income. I know our wedding will happen, i've just had my heart set on 2015 and I was looking forward to booking the venue later this year. I know a wedding is not a marriage, the marriage is the important part and if I didn't care about the party I would say let'd go to the courthouse. But I have always wanted to have a nice party with friends and family and I really want to go shopping for a wedding dress so if we have to wait another year I will handle it. I know my post is extremly long and I probably didn't need to add a lot of the details but I just needed to get it out. I've been reading these boards for a while and i've found a lot of great advice so thank you all for that. And thank you for letting me vent and get this out of my system. Thank you for letting me post this ridiculously long post and best wishes to all you other upcoming brides.