Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Time Well Spent in Limbo

While deciding whether or not I was actually engaged, I jumped full force into wedding planning (better safe than sorry right?) So about a month after our trip Vieques, I planned a  fun day with the girls, we would eat some free cake samples and take silly pictures at a big bridal show in San Juan. But things did not go as planned, I was overwhelmed by all the detail that goes into weddings and got a real bad case of “sticker shock”. Wedding stuff is `effin expensive! $5-8 per slice of cake, $800 for 4hr photobooth, $3,000 for decorations.. There was no way I could afford that on a 0 dollar budget. 

Yes, you read right ...0. Some might think we are doing the impossible or something just plain unhealthy to the psychotic bridal brain but planning a no-budget wedding happens to work for me. You see, I was basically the anti-bridezilla, I never dreamed about my wedding as a little girl (Who in their right mind would be crazy enough to marry me?). I had no pre-conceived notions of what I wanted, something that has turned out to be a blessing in my wedding planning journey.

My Plan A (aka eloping), meant minimal money spent and a great vacation for just the two of us, which to me sounded perfect but it was shot down as soon as I proposed it to my parents. They wanted my large puertorrican family to be present at this once in a lifetime event, so they offered to pay for the wedding. The problem with that being, they have 0 savings and I really don’t want to spend a lot my parents hard earned cash. So against all bee advice, I will be planning my wedding without a budget but using the philosophy of finding the cheapest thing that I like and in the words of the wise Tim Gunn “Make it work”. In a way, bargain hunting for the wedding has turned out to be a somewhat fun and really eye-opening experience. We have come up with lots of different ways to cut costs, which have ended up being details that make our wedding unique. One of these cost cutting ideas was having an early morning ceremony followed by breakfast reception. This alone has significantly lowered costs, as breakfast food is much cheaper than dinner and early morning for us means no alcohol or dancing.  

Deciding on having early morning wedding, a breakfast reception and a set-in-stone guest list of 100 really early in the wedding planning helped shape the “feel” of what our big day would be like and how to pull it off on a shoestring budget

What big decisions did you make really early in the wedding planning?

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