I am so flattered to have been asked to guest post for A.Mountain.Bride while she is living out two of the three most stressful life events all in a matter of days-- getting married and moving cross-country (if she were having a baby, it'd be a trifecta)! Some of you may know me as Abbie from A Glimpse of the Girl Next Door... and for those of you who don't know, feel free to stop by!
I can't remember how I stumbled across A.Mountain.Bride's blog, but at some point, I started overloading her wedding posts with comments. I got married last July, yet I still can't help but join in the wedding fun nearly a year later. I was intrigued with her wedding planning... but I must admit why. Not unlike her, I began the planning process for our wedding before I actually had a ring on my finger. Oh... the horror! My now-husband and I had been together for 6 years at the time and were actively discussing our wedding for the following year... but we weren't engaged in the eyes of our friends and family. He hadn't yet asked me... we just kind of knew it was going to happen. (For some people, you aren't truly engaged unless you have been asked and have a ring on your finger.) And, not unlike her, I bought my dress before we were officially engaged. Hey... I knew what I wanted, and I found it at a great price. Don't fault me.
By the time he proposed, we had already secured our venues, photographer, caterer, and save-the-dates... and had been using our budget spreadsheet for months. Take that, tradition! We planned on paying for the majority of the wedding ourselves, as my parents would also be paying for my siblings and nieces to make the trek to Colorado, and we just didn't feel comfortable asking them to help on top of that. So, we set a budget and were determined not to bust it.
Needless to say, early on, we decided to throw tradition out the window and didn't care what anyone else had to say about it. The point of this post... no matter what your budget, it's okay to do things your own way. Break the "rules". Screw the checklists. Create your own path. Stay tuned to see how we made our wedding ours... and stayed on budget while doing it.