I'm getting married, but I'm not excited about the wedding

posted 2 years ago in Emotional
Post # 2
343 posts
Helper bee

Sherlock1 :  OK well, you don’t have to be excited about the wedding. So don’t worry if you aren’t (not sure if you are worried or not?)  The bit you put about not holding a candle to your siblings or inlaws is likely nonsense. But it doesn’t matter why you don’t want a big to do if you don’t want it. You just don’t want it! Maybe you can compromise? You could have a smaller wedding?  Elope with just immediate family or even just the two of you? One of the most BEAUTIFUL weddings I ever attended was just a small dinner party, maybe 8 people plus bride and groom. It was no more extravagant than the Sunday dinner the family always had. 

Post # 3
1725 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

You don’t have to be thin to have a beautiful wedding or to be a beautiful bride! The love between you will shine through you and onto your day! 

But if you truly are not excited about a wedding, make it as easy and low key as possible. I hope you and your partner can compromise and work out a wedding day that you can both be excited about! (Maybe a court house morning ceremony and lunch with your nearest and dearest at your favorite restaurant afterwards or something like that!)

You should check out A Practical Wedding. You may find some ideas there that feel more YOU.  

Good luck, and congratulations!

Post # 4
533 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Your Fiance should compromise with you. You don’t want a wedding and he does so you should do something small and lowkey. You should not have to feel anxious about preparing for a large function you don’t even want to attend. 

Engagement should be a happy time and wedding plans need to be changed if you aren’t happy. 

Post # 5
3731 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I would definitely sit down and talk to your Fiance about a compromise. You can still have a wedding with your nearest and dearest without it becoming a huge spectacle. Both of you need to come up with a guest list of who absolutely must be at your wedding and go from there. You don’t need a huge party reception either. Take your guests our to a nice restaurant and call it a day.

Post # 6
742 posts
Busy bee

Same here girl, same…

We compromised and are doing a 30 person wedding, but I’m not looking forward to it. I joke with my Mother-In-Law about keeping the attention OFF of me on that day.

But make the best of it. It is what it is.

Post # 7
661 posts
Busy bee

You guys could do a fun elopement weekend. If you’re not big on planning, a quick search for “elopement package (your area)” should bring up some hits. Lots of cute bed and breakfast type places will do a wedding weekend for two for around $200-500. That way it’s special in a way that going to the courthouse might not be for him, but it takes the pressure of a big event off for you. Maybe a compromise you can look into?

Post # 8
38 posts
  • Wedding: December 2017

I am in this exact same boat. I am not at all excited about the idea of a marriage. That’s why we will get married at City Hall with just our parents and each of our best friends. That’s it. I am looking so forward to being married and whenever I get stressed out, I just think about that. 

Post # 9
253 posts
Helper bee

Sherlock1 :  I can relate to this, hon. Big hugs. I can’t count how many tears I shed over what seemed like my uselessness as a “gushing bride.”

I really wanted a small Destination Wedding in the Caribbean. My dad, brother and I loved our trips to Jamaica. They are the only guests I really want, plus my boss is a travel agent on the side and could have gotten us something fabulous that wouldn’t have broken the bank. But Fiance has a h-u-g-e family and wanted it local so they could be there. So here we are. 🙁 

How long ago did you get engaged? We were engaged for almost 2 full years before I could get myself out of the paralysis and actually plan a damned wedding. In the end, we went with super-simple and small. 

Take your time. Hang out on this forum, picture yourself in different scenarios. Check out all of the low-key options you have. I tried them all on for size in my head. 

It helped that I went to family get-togethers – 2 Christmasses, actually – and sort of ran a few scenarios by the future inlaws. I got to know them all a bit better during that period, and they were very supportive of whatever we decided to do. I sure felt a heck of a lot more comfortable after that 2 year point than I did when we first became engaged. 

Oh, and By The Way – I’m actually LOOKING FORWARD to my wedding! We think it’s going to be fun for everyone, including us. 

(ETA) Oh, and thinness isn’t a qualification for being a gorgeous bride! There are plenty here who ain’t exactly size zero. There’s a dress to make you feel beautiful at any size or shape. <3

Post # 12
343 posts
Helper bee

Sherlock1 :  oh bee, you are going to be OK. You wear those steel toed shoes!!! This wedding is such a loving gesture to your Fiance, your setting your preferences aside for his sake. Just know as you go through it that at the end of the day the guests will go home and you will be with your Fiance. Blissfully with him, out of spotlight!

Post # 13
253 posts
Helper bee

Sherlock1 :  WOW!! So that’s the weekend of July 8? Congrats! Ours is Fri June 30. Looking forward to it, but also can’t wait for it to be over with.

We’re kind of doing the same thing: backyard, chicken/beef/salmon skewers and salads from a local restaurant, and pool party. Oh, and it’s our national holiday here in Canada, so we bought fireworks. Haha. Not sure how many people will be left at sundown, but hey, if it’s just a handful of us, no problem.

Rock those steel toes! I just saw another bride wearing combat boots in this thread: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/lets-see-your-non-traditional-bridal-shoe/ There are lots of cool/unusual shoes in that discussion.

You might not be thinking “pretty”, but your guests love you, and you’ll be a beautiful bride without tryiing. 😉 Consider sharing some pics afterward! Even if you want to block your face out for privacy.

Best of luck!

(Edited – oops, got threads mixed up.)

Post # 14
9846 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

Sherlock1 :  I wore combat boots under my wedding gown if that makes you feel less alone. 

Post # 15
661 posts
Busy bee

Rock your boots and  pretend it’s any other fun bonfire/bbq night. My dream wedding!!

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