The holidays are near, which means the start of engagement season. My husband and I actually got engaged last July and married this past March. It feels like a long time ago. So now with the engagement season upon us, I’m a bit nostalgic for the excitement of wedding planning and married life.
My husband and I got married earlier this year after planning for only about six weeks. We were excited to be married, but planning on a tight timeline was incredibly stressful. There were so many things involved in planning that we didn’t know or think about prior, like picking a song for the cake cutting ceremony or how we should decorate the chapel. We ended up omitting a lot of traditional wedding activities and items, instead choosing to focus on the things we felt were essential.
Now that June is here, wedding season is well underway. If you’re a bride and groom-to-be, you may be coming up on deadlines for making decisions about your wedding. You also might find that you’re coming close to the limits of your wedding budget. Unless you’re the son or daughter of a royal, you’re probably going to have to compromise on your wedding in some way.
Earlier this year, my husband and I planned our out-of-town wedding and got married in less than six weeks! While engagements of over a year are commonplace and sometimes even necessary in order to have the wedding you want nowadays, short engagements have their benefits too. Are they easy to plan? No, but they’re not impossible. And when you know you want to be married, why wait any longer to become husband and wife?
With spring just around the corner, we’re heading into wedding season. That means brides- and grooms-to-be are in getting into full planning mode. It’s exciting to think about and plan your big day. What’s not so exciting is the price tag goes with it. The average wedding in the US cost $35,329 in 2016. Weddings are expensive, and it’s so easy to go over what you intended to spend.
Wedding season is around the corner if it hasn’t already started for you. A few years ago, four of my family members got married in one summer. Three of those required plane rides home and one was a destination wedding in Hawaii. Then in 2015, I seemed to attend wedding after wedding throughout the summer and fall. A best friend even planned a destination wedding in Oaxaca, Mexico. I love weddings, but I don’t love breaking the bank to attend them.