- 6 years ago
- Wedding: August 2012
My husband is Belgian and we’d been in a relationship and living together for two years here in the States. However, earlier this year his boss posted him back to Belgium and he’s been coming to visit once a month. Last month, he told me that he couldn’t continue living like this between two countries and couldn’t tolerate our separation any longer and proposed to me. Since we’re eager to start our lives together and considering visa issues, we decided on a short engagement and set the date for the 8th of August.
This past month has just been about organising my departure and getting all the relevant documents that I need. But now I’m a week from leaving and I realise I haven’t planned the wedding at all!
I have no idea how to organise and plan a wedding, the steps involved and what things are essential and inessential. The fact that I don’t speak French nor Flemish and that we’re on a tight budget don’t help (we’re saving up for a deposit for a house, and I don’t work, or can’t at least until I learn the language).
Are there any tips on getting married abroad and on how to organise a simple, budget-friendly, yet elegant wedding ceremony? Also any tips on cross-cultural differences would be much appreciated. Also, I’m not sure about the guest list? Since it’s such short notice and in an ocean away, since most of my friends can’t attend due to other commitments, what should I do for bridesmaids, or should i just forgo them?
Help! I’m so stressed!