- 8 years ago
- Wedding: June 2010
This may be long and confusing, I apologize in advance – I just need some advice!
My Fiance and I are from a small town, and have attended the same church all of our lives where I now work as the Children’s Director. We live and go to school, however, an hour away (I drive back twice a week.)
When we first started planning our wedding, we decided on a small outdoor wedding with just our very close family and friends in the town we live in now, where there is a gorgeous lake venue. We knew going in that this meant we would spend $$$ and have to limit our guest list, but a vision of a romantic candle-lit outdoor ceremony ensued and even my Fiance was enthusiastic about the wedding planning.
Over the last few months though, several things have happened. For one, my grandparents whom I am very close to have steadily declined in health. To ask them to attend a wedding even an hour’s travel time away would be hard, and it has been implied in fact that they will NOT be able to make it. I understand this, I am not resentful of their inability to travel, but I would like them to be at my wedding! Family is very important to us both.
Also, ladies from our church and from our hometown constantly are wanting to talk about wedding plans, how they would like to help, etc…It is sweet how they are excited and enthusiastic for us, it makes us both feel loved, but they all go off the assumption we will be married in the church and have everyone there, which we were not intending. Neither my Fiance or I realized how important this was to our neighbors and friends, or how much they wanted to be a part of the wedding.
Our church is really growing, and they just built a beautiful, big worship center and fellowship hall. I found out last week that even though technically the charge is $2000 for a wedding there, we could have it for free. We are very close to our church family and we feel very special they want us to be married there and be a part of our wedding…
Now, it only makes sense to save our money, be able to include my grandparents and our community, etc… In light of that, we have made the plans to be married at the church. I just have this idea of the outdoor ceremony by the lake in my head!
The church is pretty, but it isn’t what I imagined…I wanted something unique and romantic, so my real questions are:
What would you do?
Do you have any ideas/pics of creative and pretty decor for churches?