Weddings. If your first thought is "expensive" you are probably right! However, think back to the most memorable weddings you have been to. What is it that you remember most? The dress? Bridesmaids? Flowers or cake? No. The most memorable weddings are fun, unusual, and comfortable! If you are sitting around all dressed up and miserable it doesn't matter how much money was spent on the day...YOUR memory is of misery!
So if you are planning a wedding, you should think about what you want most. Is it about YOU wearing a really expensive dress and being a princess for a day? Mom, is it about impressing the people you invite? If it is about the celebration of love then make it a celebration! I think about Blake and Miranda's wedding. She made it memorable with atmosphere. It was not her dress others copied...it was the creative "broach bouquets" she had! She created those because she loves the vintage look. It was also the wedding arch made of deer antlers covered in twinkle lights. Chosen because Blake loves deer!
The best wedding I have ever been to (and that includes my own) was my son Adam's. It was on the beach at South Padre Island. We were all barefoot, the sun was setting over the Gulf of Mexico, the groom wore khaki, and the party was fabulous!! I remember the atmosphere of love...not money.
Given the statistic that we talked about a couple of weeks ago: 8 out of 10 marriages that end in the first 5 years end because the couple is financially stressed over paying off a much-too-expensive wedding...