My fiancee proposed to me on Valentine's Day this year and we are very excited for our engagement and to get married in the near future. People are keep asking when we are going to get married and we told them we don't know. A little bit about me, I'm 30 years old, have a full time job but have quite a bit of debt because of credit card using in my 20s and student loans. My parents were divorced and none of them supports me since I was 17. I work hard and all my income goes towards bills and debts so I don't have any saving. My fiancee works in creative arts industry and his job is project by project basis. He has a saving but that's for "just in case rainy days". His parents might help us with the wedding but I don't want them to help with the whole thing since they have a daughter and another son who aren't marry yet.
I'm just overwhelmed with the early steps of wedding planning. For now, I pick the date of August 18 2013 but I'm not sure that will happen because of the money. I'm starting my saving now, but I don't know if I will have enough budget by next year. I don't know if I do it right, but I start with looking for the venue first. These prices of venues in Portland, OR and surrounding area are pretty high. It starts from $1000 and up, I just don't know if we could find a venue less than $1000.
I will appreciate any tips and tricks regarding planning a wedding. We are not looking for a perfect wedding, we are looking for small (up to 60 guests), fun, and affordable wedding. Thank you for letting me vent and introduce myself. Y'all are the best