(Closed) I feel awful

posted 8 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
7771 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Don’t worry about what you think others will think, or you will never be happy.  It sounds like you might have the best of both worlds here- get legally married now, and have the big wedding next year.  I am sorry you feel cheated, or like you are missing out on the experience.  Maybe just think of the courthouse wedding as a legality, and consider your real wedding to be the one you will plan for next year.  Either way, you can find a way to make it special and feel right for you.  I am sorry you are going through this. 

Post # 4
529 posts
Busy bee

If I can ask…is there a reason you have to keep it a secret? A small courthouse wedding certainly doesn’t require gifts. You are saving the hoopla for a CELEBRATION of your wedding a year later, which certainly sounds appropriate and something many churches do all the time. Plenty of people get married legally early for any number of reasons (one I know of…health insurance!) and your relatives really are in no position to judge. But I know I don’t know the whole story and it sounds like you have worked out a solution that makes most people happy and will hopefully excite you more as your wedding celebration draws closer.

Post # 5
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My Fiance and I were married in February with just our parents and siblings present. He’s Canadian and we had to get married to start his Green Card Paperwork. The whole process takes around 8 months, so we have planned a “real” wedding at the end of September once his paperwork goes through and we can really celebrate.

My parents were the only people who thought it was strange to get married first and have a wedding 9 months later. Everyone else (family, friends, co-workers, our Rabbi, wedding vendors, complete strangers) think that it’s wonderful that we want to celebrate our marriage with all of the people who are so important in our lives. After my parents saw the outpouring of support, they have completely done a 180 on their feelings.

People who love you and support you will love and support your choice as well and will be thrilled for the chance to be a part of any happy celebration in your life. People who are judgemental are toxic and don’t deserve to be at your celebration, whenever and wherever it is.


Post # 7
35 posts
  • Wedding: October 2010

I totally get you. My husband and I got married secretly so we could buy a home together, get insurance, etc. The only people who know are the officiant who will be presiding over our other wedding in a few months, my parents, and his sister and brother in law. Oh, and our real estate agent 🙂

We’re also keeping it quiet because we don’t want to seem like we’re gift grabbing, but really we wanted to have a wedding to celebrate. And there’s nothing wrong with that! Here’s what I can tell you; having a civil ceremony with the JOP is very special too. I haven’t gone through our “coming out” wedding yet so I don’t have anything to compare it to, but I imagine it will be different, but some of the same. I’ll probably cry, have a hard time speaking, and be very much in love. I’ll just be wearing a fancier dress.
AND there’s a lot of pressure off since we’re already married. It’s one less thing to worry about on the day of. And, think of it this way, you get TWO weddings! That’s pretty cool 🙂

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