- 9 years ago
I’m from Venezuela and met my wife while we were in college. We dated for about 2 years and decided to get married, since my paperwork was expiring and we loved each other and wanted to live in the same country.
However, we were college students and did not have money for a wedding. Instead, we had one witness and got married at town hall.
We are both in graduate school and would like to RENEW OUR VOWS next May when we graduate. However, we still do not have much money, and our wedding budget is $4,000. We are expecting between 40-50 guests. My wife’s mother is going to help her with her dress and is going to contribute towards flowers.
We would like to have a beach wedding at an all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic because it would be MUCH cheaper than having a wedding in the US and a fun-filled weekend surrounded by friends and family. Additionally, we would be able to honeymoon at the same place.
HOWEVER…my sister’s student visa has expired and is now here in the US illegally. I really want her to be part of my wedding, but she cannot travel out the country. Also, if I have it in the US, I won’t be able to afford it unless I postpone my wedding until my wife and I are more financially stable, which won’t be for a few more years.
What do you suggest that I do? How do I make my sister not feel bad and/or excluded? How do I please my wife who’s been dreaming of a wedding for years already? I really am looking forward to renewing my vows, but I don’t know if I should wait until I have more money so that I can have a beach wedding in the states and include my sister.
My sister is not able to renew her student visa. It’s been expired for several years already. The only way that she can travel to a destination wedding at a future date is if she gets married to a US citizen.
Thanks in advance for your advice! If you have any recommendations for cheap beach weddings and receptions in NY, NJ, NC, SC or FL, please let me know.