(Closed) The "Anti-bride" Bride…

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
4040 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Not what we did – but tons of people do a small wedding (backyard, park, courthouse) and then get a private room at a restaurant for the “reception”. A good friend of mine did this in July and it was WONDERFUL!!

It’s your day – do whatever you and your Fiance want 🙂 

Post # 4
158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I was very anti-bride also! I don’t like the attention and basically just wanted to get it over so I could be married to my sweet hubby! I ended up having a wedding at a beach about 5 hours away from where we live, inviting only 30 people, I actually wanted less than that but to appease his family I allowed it to be a little larger than I wanted. 


Ours was super low budget. You sound like me though, I never had “white dress dreams” either. The whole planning thing made my head hurt, that’s why I went as simple and low fuss as possible. All in all I loved how things turned out, but I was insanely glad it was over!

Post # 5
2555 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013



1) I would only wear a wedding dress if I was Kate Moss or a princess

2) Wedding ceremonies don’t make me emotional

3) I hate formalities

4) I didn’t hire a photographer and I do not regret it at all.

5) I hate the idea of proposals.


I got married at the courthouse. Two months later my husband and I hosted a party for close friends and direct family because my mom gifted us the money to do so. It was perfect.

Post # 6
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@futuremrsrns:  I feel the same way. FH and I are doing a courthouse wedding with just the two of us. I do not want to spend the money on a party that will essentially be for his mom- who happens to not like me very much. I don’t have much family left, and it would be a waste of time and money to me. I said that I would rather have a nice ring, and the rest of the money that we would have spent on a ceremony and other related parties (showers, etc…) will go towards the down payment on our first home together. 

If you’ve ever seen Parks and Recreation, both FH and I are like Ron Swanson. Tongue Out

Post # 7
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

We had our 35 person wedding over on the Eastern Shore. You can look at restaurants and a-typical places for some budget savings. Restaurants are particularly good because you can really minimize the amount of thought you have to put into things because the food, drink, and decor are already done for you. You can get a nice dress from Nordstrom, some flowers from Whole Foods, have a friend get ordained to perform the ceremony, and call it a day. Skip the bridal party, skip the pre-wedding festivities, skip the hoopla. Do something that feels authentic to you and your Fiance. It only needs to be as complicated as you make it out to be. Feel free to PM me if you want some ideas in MD.

Post # 8
1890 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@futuremrsrns:  I’m with you – so excited for the marriage, not so much for the wedding. the idea of a bunch of people – even people I love – staring at me is horrific. wedding dresses all look the same to me… I can appreciate other ladies looking beautiful and ethereal, but I’ve yet to find one I would actually want to wear. I never played princess as a little girl – I was an assassin or a ninja on an intergalactic quest, and everyone knows ninjas don’t wear dresses! My mom would be heart broken if we eloped though… My parents have sacrificed everything for me and I could never let them down. I don’t know what I will do yet other than keep the guest list as small as possible.

Post # 10
127 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m pretty anti-bride too. My Fiance and I are getting married at the courthouse, and we’re having a reception at our local American Legion afterward; FI’s a member, and it’s only $250 ($350 for nonmembers) to rent for the whole day! My wedding dress budget is pretty low too, and I don’t want a huge fluffy ball gown. We’re not having a wedding party either – I can’t imagine having the additional stress of groomsmen and bridesmaids. We are having a photobooth at our reception, only because I won a $250 gift card.

Honestly, I’m having a hard time planning and getting into wedding mode too. I suggested eloping to Fiance, and he said that he would if circumstances were different (his family would FLIP SHIT) he would. Have you guys thought about eloping?

Post # 11
2894 posts
Sugar bee

@futuremrsrns:  Oh yeah, I know the feeling ! I am torn between a) what others expect about a wedding and b) what I want and what it means to me. Fiance and I are going back and forth with small wedding to elopment. I hate to spend money right now, because I would rather save more for a house or for a long weddingmoon. We’re on standby right now, we initially found a venue (and just like you, even trying to get a low budget was impossible, everything was so expensive when it came to dinner and caterer). We decided we would get married in winter in hopes it would cost less, but it won’t. I never saw myself wearing a white wedding dress either, but surprisingly enough, I ended up buying one (200$ pre-owned in classified ads) because I couldn’t find anything I liked in stores in formal evening wear.

I hate the idea of telling my vows in front of a crowd. I really don’t know what we’ll do. Fiance and I both hate to be the center of attention.

Fiance didn’t propose, we talked about getting married or not getting married and decided it sitting on a couch.

I don’t know what we’ll decide, but right now I am not sure this is what I want anymore. 




Post # 12
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

@futuremrsrns:  I wanted to re-visit and mention that you should go to the library and get A Practical Wedding: Creative Ideas for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration by Meg Keene (or buy it on Amazon). The author is a) hilarious and awesome, and b) really smart when it comes to weeding through all of the wedding bs to decide what really matters most to you. Consider this book a giant dose of sanity. Good stuff!

Also, in case you want some suggestions in MD that are pretty low pressure, consider the Rusty Scupper (Baltimore) or Chart House (Annapolis) for a waterfront ceremony and dining option, The Inn at Brookeville Farms (Brookeville in MoCo) or Alexanders (Buckeystown in Frederick Co) for a country feel, or Coradetti Glass Studio (Baltimore) for something hip and contemporary. B&Bs are also good options for small weddings. And remember, you can have a 5 minute wedding ceremony. It does not have to be long! Our friends literally had a short welcome, the “I dos,” and the pronouncement. It was done in 6 minutes, and they were all like, hey, let’s go party now! You know what? It worked!

Post # 13
555 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

This is exactly how I feel. We are doing a destination wedding but I really wanted to just have a courthouse one. I begged Fiance but he said his parents would just be too devastated if we didn’t have a wedding. He coaxed me by saying that a destination wedding would mean a vacation (one of my favourite things to do) that we just happened to get married on. I have spent hours on end with my calculator trying to reduce the budget and I’ve been obsessively scrimping and saving. I also don’t want a real bachelorette or bridal shower and we’ve asked for no gifts because I just think it’s unnecessary. If I could have it my way, we’d be getting married right here on my couch with some papers and a Justice of the Peace.


Post # 14
3026 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

I’m not totally anti-wedding, but I’m feeling very anti-wedding industry. You should get married in the way that makes you happy, b/c hype or not, it is an important event in your life.


Post # 15
223 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@futuremrsrns:  I’m in a similar boat but having a larger wedding as we both have a lot of family and we want them there.

I’ve never dreamed about my wedding, when I got my dress I didn’t want to pick anything out, I just wanted something that looked great on me.

The best thing about weddings is that every one of them is different as it should be a reflection of you and how you want to demonstrate your path into matrimony to the public.

Elope, courthouse, backyard, large gala affair, it doesn’t matter as long as you and your Fiance are happy!

I’m planning in a short amount of time, it’s a lot less stress to not be picky!

Post # 16
888 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

@futuremrsrns:  I am totally an anti-bride.  I did not care much about the wedding, to be honest.  We got engaged, and I did not really start planning until 1.5 months before the wedding (6 months after engagement). We only invited 28 people, and had a very laid back ceremony and reception for less than 3k.  I did not care for bachelorette parties, bridal parties, and did not have bridesmaids or groomsmen. 

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