When I was a little girl, I used to dream about what my wedding day would look like. It’s an old cliche I know, but I did dream of the big white wedding if money was no object, with beautiful flowers and a huge gathering to watch me walk down the aisle. In reality, I had a registry office wedding with just a handful of close family and a meal in a hotel nearby. It wasn’t just the money that put a stop to the plans of the big white wedding, there were other reasons too. But just recently I’ve been wondering whether I’ve missed out.
The big white wedding if money was no object…
If you’re a regular reader here, then you’ll know that I’m all about saving money and stretching your cash as much as possible. But every now and then, my mind wanders off and starts daydreaming about what I would do if I didn’t have to constantly think about what I was spending. Would I be extravagant? What would I fritter away my cash on?
We’re always seeing big celebrity weddings on TV and magazines these days and we’ve had two big royal weddings this year. Watching the brides got me thinking back to my own wedding, and wondering what I would have done differently. Would I have had the big white wedding if money was no object?
The truth is, I’m not sure.
But, it’s got me thinking all the same.
When I got married, we had a small, registry office service. We only invited a handful of people and then we just went to the local village hotel for a meal afterwards. At the time, I didn’t really want anything different. It was partly finances, and partly choice that we went down that route. I’m not usually one for enjoying being the centre of attention and I didn’t fancy all eyes on me on my wedding day.
But, part of me does wonder if maybe I’ve missed out.
So, if I was to do it all again, and go for the big white wedding if money was no object, there are a few things that I’d stick at the top of my list of priorities.
I think the venue of a big wedding is so important, and whilst I don’t regret our choices, if money was no object then I know I would have chosen somewhere far more glamorous.
I’m thinking sweeping staircases, huge grass lawns, elaborately decorated bridal suite… I could go on!
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I veered about as far away from traditional as I possibly could with my dress. Because we were having such a small gathering, I didn’t think I needed a big dress. I actually do regret this now and wish I’d kept that little tradition alive.
If I were to do it all again and go for the big white wedding if money was no object, then I’d definitely be scouring the bridal shops. Yes, a dress can be expensive, but I’m daydreaming here. I’d love to go for something traditional with a modern twist.
When we got married, we had a 5 month old son with us. My Dad paid for us to have a week away in centre parks and it was lovely. We really enjoyed it. BUT I would so love to have had a couple of weeks somewhere hot and sunny.
If I were to do it all again, the honeymoon would definitely have to be at the top of my list of priorities.
So, what are your thoughts? Have you had your big day with all the trimmings? Is money tight and you’re dreaming of the big white wedding if money was no object?
*This is a collaborative post.
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