Post # 1
Good Afternoon everyone: After 6 years my guy came out from left field and asked me to marry him. I was extremely surprised and am very happy. My dilemna is that I do not need or want a huge wedding and I know that he does not. This is the first time down the aisle for both of us, I will 40 next year and he will be 47. I have 3 children teenagers, so the traditional, huge, white dress thing just doesn’t make sense. Anyone have any ideas?
Post # 3
Have some kind of simple and fun get together with friends and family. Use an ipod for music, get some beer and wine and a little catered food and just have fun! Or perhaps do a justice of the peace ceremony and then go out to a restaurant. The less stress, the better! Good luck!
Post # 4
@gibby12: Take a family vaca and exchange vows on the beach.
Post # 5
How about justice of the peace, then a small intimate catered reception with dinner and dancing with your close friends and family?
Post # 6
Still get the wedding dress, you deserve it… have a samll reception at resturant or something with some dancing, have your kids as your bridal party only. that would be fun
Post # 7
I would say that because you have 3 teenage kids does not mean that you cant have a beutiful white dress. I agree with you about the huge dress I’m in my 30’s no kids yet and Im not doing that either.
maybe a dress along the line of these with no train
You could also just have close family and friends, make it a somewhat intimate affiar but still have a lovely time.
Are your teens boys or girls? If they are girls, they might enjoy a few Do it yourself projects with you for decorations and stuff like that.
If you are on a budget then you can have the wedding outside of the traditional dinnertime hours and just have heavy appetizers as your choice of food.
If you want to have a dinner meal because it will only be a few persons then you can consider a restaurant that would cater to a small group or even using a community hall or small venue and having food catered.
You can buy your invitations on ebay at a very reasonable price as well as favours for the guests if you so decide. Hope this helps somewhat :))
Post # 8
Have a small intimate wedding and instead of white you can use Ivory or Champagne.
My hubby and I celebrated 1 year of wedded bliss this month. Both in our late 30’s and have a teenager. Like you we always wanted a small intimate wedding and that’s exactly what we did. We had 40 guests and had our wedding ceremony and reception in our backyard. Food was catered/buffet style done by a friend of the family who use to be a chef at a restaurant. We invited only immediate family and our closest friends. I wore a strapless Ivory, mermaid lace gown with a birdcage style veil. After the formalities I changed into a short one shoulder champagne colored dress. For favors because it was on the “Sweetest Day”, we had square glass jars with hersey kisses. My uncle djayed using his laptop.
I did not have any flower girls, bridesmaids etc… only a maid of honor & best man.
Also, small & intimate does not mean you cannot do something really beautiful. It just means what you do will be on a smaller scale than those who have 100+ guests. You can definately wear a lovely dress with either a birdcage veil, pretty hairclip or a flower in your hair.
NB: Love dress #5 posted by Nadzb
Here is a picture of what we did to the backyard
and here is a picture of our cake, small but elegant 🙂 we got it done in Ivory
Post # 9
@Renee37: I totally agree. I’m having a small wedding budget under $2500.