- 6 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
Hi Bees! I have been frequenting this website for quite a while, and now with an engagement very close (May), I have started my REAL wedding research. A little bit about myself before I continue:
My boyfriend and I have been together for over 4 years now. We used to live right next door to each other, and then he needed to persue his graduate school career, so for almost 2 years we have been long distance (but getting to see eachother almost every 2 weeks). I cannot imagine not spending my life with him.
We have discussed in great detail about why, when, and how we want to get married. We plan on getting married in Oct/Nov 2013, for a couple of reasons. The first reason is, I will be moving out of state, and we will be moving in together for the first time in September of 2013. The second reason is my first semester of graduate school will also fall around September. And third, I will have about 6 months of pure wedding planning bliss. No classes, just my part time job and a lot of time to plan.
So because my boyfriend is long distance, I wanted to start the process semi early. We pretty much have a year and a half from this point to get ready. I started looking up cost for venues in South Florida, and budgeting the whole event. I then slowly got more and more discouraged. Little did I know that my pintrest pins of beautiful flowers, delicious food, gorgeous venues, and steller dresses would be exactly what I want, but totally out of our pricerange.
Just doing research, the minimum, best case senario, would be spending around $60,000 for our wedding day. I can’t fathom putting so much money into a one day event when we are taking on student debt. Even with generous gifts from our parents, I just feel guilty throwing so much money into this. I have never felt so discouraged and sad, and this is just the beginning of the process.
How have you Bees been handling the sticker shock of planning your wedding? What have you guys cut corners on?