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    I had a big wedding too. We wanted to invite all family and my mother in law is 1 of 9 so his cousins alone were like 50 people. I loved every minute of it. We ate and danced and had the time of our lives. It's what I wanted. I wanted to share it with everyone we knew and party for hours . I was NOT going to make my cake lol. I was mad enough at making the favors as I was bored at about 1/3 of the way through.
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    Quote Originally Posted by freddieflounder101 View Post
    I just think people have different ideas about weddings and should do whatever makes them happy. What's right for me isn't what's right for someone else. Some people have big wedding fantasies and it's worth it to them. Not my style, but it's all good...
    I agree. And Bonita that is totally astounding that you could feed 200 people and throw a wedding for 3000!!! I'm so impressed. We had a big wedding planned, but scrapped it and eloped with just our parents in attendance. Prices up here are crazy, I can tell you that. I won't tell you what our budget was for just over 200 people but it was jaw dropping to me. The funny thing is that I got to experience exactly what my wedding would have been like three years later as my sister had exactly what we had been planning (same location for the rehersal dinner and reception) and it was absolutely lovely. And she was a gorgeous bride. There are times when I see her wedding photos and think that I do wish we had those traditional sort of shots/memories to look back on, but really cutting out the stress was worth it for us in our particular circumstances. To each their own. Sometimes we talk about throwing a big wedding/renewal of vows at like our 15 or 20 year just to surprise everyone

    Kim keep an eye on Cecilia ~ weird and I'm glad she seems to be on the mend and hope she continues to improve from here!

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    I know people that spend $30,000 or more on their wedding, but that was just not possible for us. My In-laws did the food. They spent $500 for a filling pasta meal. My pictures were $700. The church was $150, and the reception hall was $175. The horse and carriage was $450. My dress was $700. I forget what the flowers cost. Maybe $200? We used decorations that the church already had. I do not remember what the cake cost exactly, but not that much. There might have been other odds and ends, but that was it for the most part. It was a beautiful wedding. (This was in NY BTW)

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    I'm impressed too. We had the same amount of people and I know we spent 15-20000 and I thought we did things frugally.
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    Thank you. At the time it just was not an option to spend that much money.

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    Kim - KUP, hope she does continue to improve! It does sound like gas may have been the issue as far as the pain, at least I hope so. Hannah has had a very similar issue in thepast, but interestingly enough, after I stopped buying her Fruitables juice and switched to a different brand, her stomach pain mysteriously disappeared! And belieeeeve me, she is still a gas bucket from time to time!


    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    I really don't understand the big wedding that takes most of your money and spare time for the better part of a year, and is emotionally draining on top of it all. That sounds like absolute hell to me. We planned to invite only about 75-80 people tops, and I set things up specifically to NOT have to deal with energy-sucking details. The flowers, I hired someone I knew did great work, said here's my budget & color scheme, do whatever you want that won't trigger my allergies, and have them at the restaurant by 3pm. The restaurant, I said, here's our budget, serve anything you want, any way you want, except no meat. The owner was delighted to have freedom to use whatever was in season or lowest cost instead of having to do whatever I demanded! Too bad my mom screwed everything up so we cancelled the wedding & never got to see how it all would have turned out....
    Sorry you didn't get the wedding you wanted...


    Our wedding was very nice. We had about 150 guests. We spent less than 15K and more than 3K. The cake was done by a friend. We still paid her, but not as much as it would have been. Photography, also a friend (paid). Flowers, by my two SILs on DH's side (we paid for the flowers). I lovvved the wedding dress.

    It was draining, but I didn't really notice until it was all over. I didn't think the photographer would ever get done taking pictures, lol. She did do a good job, though, and I was very happy with them.

    We should all share a wedding pic, those of us who have them, anyway.
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    We did the big wedding, like 350 people. I have no idea what the final price was, Dave and I paid for all the clothing (my dress, all the tux rentals, and bridesmaids dresses) the invitations and the photographer, then my parents split the rest with my in-laws. I loved every minute of the day, didnt get stressed at all. But I am also a laid back person and didnt get bogged down in the details. My mom saw a lot of the mistakes the florist had made (they did a horrible job) and was worried I would freak, but by the time I noticed I was getting ready to walk down the aisle and all I wanted was to see Dave.
    I can definately see how people would love a small wedding though. We are talking about renewing our vows this year when we are in Bora Bora. It will be our 15 year anniversary and we are going with our best friends who are celebrating their 15 year the month after ours.
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    Spin off? That sounds fun
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    I would totally post pictures, but my wedding was pre-facebook. It would mean scanning each one. Maybe tomorrow? I think I have one on FB that I posted for our 10 year wedding anniversary. I can see if I can find it. I might actually have a hand picture already on here from an old Chat thread. I will see what I can find that does not require scanning.

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    Okay, Bonita started it. Let's see some wedding pics. Please, indulge me. I LOVE looking at wedding pics. Bonita, you were a beautiful bride! I love your hair and your dress is gorgeous.

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