A little over a week ago, my husband and I got married at the courthouse with the intentions of planning our dream wedding to take place in a year and a half in Miami, Florida, since most of my family still lives there. It’s a tall order for us to plan what is technically a destination wedding being that we live nowhere near Florida, but I am determined to make it work. On top of that, my goal for this wedding is to keep the total costs under $5,000 without compromising what I have always envisioned. Yeah…I know. I’m dreaming. Maybe, but I can be very resourceful and I’m not giving up.
Oddly enough, I think I can have exactly the wedding I want, exactly the way I want it. Obviously this is going to take a lot of work, research and time, but no matter. Challenge accepted!
My dream wedding is not the same as your average bride’s dream wedding. I love Shakespeare and for as long as I can remember, I have wanted a Shakespearean themed wedding, complete with the dresses and groomsmen attire from the 1993 movie version of Much Ado About Nothing and the wedding band that Leo gave to Claire in Romeo and Juliet. I have pretty simple and inexpensive taste and saving money on everything is like a game to me.
Therefore, I will do everything I can to save as much money as possible on the wedding I have always dreamed of having.
I’ve already managed to get half of my save the dates for free and fully intend to get the rest of them for free as well. I did this by using my Pamper points to buy 25 free 4×8 photo cards, which is precisely how I intend to obtain the remaining 25 save the dates needs to satisfy my guest list. And if I play my cards right, I think I can get my invitations for free or at a substantial discount, but that’s a road I’ll have to cross when I get to it. As far as the other expenses go, I have already secured an officiant, who volunteered her services (she also happens to be my aunt and Godmother) and I have a friend who is a seamstress and has agreed to make the dresses and vests for the entire wedding party- mine and my husbands included- and will only charge me for fabric plus ten dollars an hour.
What will cost the most money is the venue, which I am already doing vigorous research on and I’ve found quite a few all inclusive places that are under 5,000. This makes me very happy. The only down side is that we are in Illinois and while I have family in Miami that can do some legwork for me locally, I have to rely heavily on other people and their schedules. I’m okay with it, but I really wish I could be there to make sure everything turns out the way I want it. On the upside, we’ve been planning a visit down there for this summer so that my grandfathers can meet our son, so it looks like we’ll be doing some wedding errands while we’re there as well.
I’m actually pretty excited to be doing all of this. Probably because I’ve never done it before and this is the biggest party that will have ever been thrown for me (and for my husband). I’m sure by the time the wedding itself rolls around, I’ll be ready to rip my hair out (if I haven’t already), but I have a feeling that all of the hard work, the sleepless nights and the inevitable stress that comes with planning a destination wedding will have all been worth it.
So, dream Shakespearean wedding…here I come!