Post # 1
As I sit here picking possible guest favors and bridesmaids dresses, my mind can’t help but wonder to whether one of my bridesmaids will be able to keep her job, or what if my brother loses his and can’t find another, or what if we make all these plans for a wedding no one can attend because their finances have unexpectedly taken a dive for the worse. I know to expect this from a few guest but not the entire guest list which is how I feel because of the recession we are in. These thoughts/fears have made wedding planning downright depressing. I mean am I really supposed to have fun picking flower arrangements when so many people don’t have rent?
Anyone else feel like this? How has the recession affected your wedding plans?
Disclaimer – Please let’s not turn this into a debate over brides spending money on stuff they don’t need or being selfish or anything like that. I just want to talk about how the recession is affecting your feelings about the wedding or planning it.
Post # 3
I think it’s actually made me appreciate what we are doing more, and WHY we are.
As we’re paying for the wedding ourselves, each decision is carefully considered. Right now we actually have to cut our guest list. We both have large families so this is tough, but we can’t afford to have over 200 people at our wedding.
And then there is the part of the family that I REALLY want there, but they’re not sure if they can because neither of them have stable jobs and they live 2500 miles away 🙁
Post # 4
I’m already married, but I’m in the wedding industry and have noticed that a lot of brides are getting married during the “off season” this year, or on alternate days of the week (Fridays, Sundays) to save money. I think it’s really smart and a great way to save.
Post # 5
@SparklyBride2011: I totally agree that this recession has made us more selective and careful in our planning process. We actually chose to do a Destination Wedding because we knew we couldn’t afford to throw a big wedding ourselves and that we didn’t have anyone in our corners to help us out financially (not that anyone should but it’s not even an option). That being said, I’ve already considered the fact that friends/family may not be able afford to throw me an engagement party/shower/bach party or possibly even come to our wedding. All of this has actually strengthened our bond and reminds us every day that all that matters is our marriage. That being said, it’s still a bit of a bummer to have to watch every single penny and let go of the little extras that you always hoped for.
@eryepye That’s actually one of the reasons why Fiance and I are having a Destination Wedding. It was the most cost-effective choice for us. Have you noticed couples doing away with the extras that have become staples over the years (ie. – 2 dresses, favors, candy buffets, etc.)?