That’s right. After much deliberation, thought, and research it looks like it might be a Las Vegas wedding.
I am sure I am like most people in that my wedding is important to me. It is something I only plan to do once and it should be beautiful and meaningful.
However, since we already have three kids and we are saving for a house, I am very realistic about the amount of money I want to spend. We set the budget at about $5000 dollars.
Several discussions, emails to wedding venues, and lots of reading later I realized $5000 gets you squat! I almost feel like I am being charged just to say the word wedding.
And I am not thinking grandiose by any means. I am talking about only 50-60 people (we both have small families and few friends). Since I am vegetarian, I am not planning on spending hard earned money on steak or lobster either. Nope, just small and fun.
Suddenly my joke made a lot of sense. A lightbulb lit above my head and I heard angels signing ahhh.
I went to Las Vegas last year for a conference and I loved it there. I was pregnant with the girls at the time so I wasn’t “sinning” in Sin City either. Nope it was just good, clean fun.
Fiancee and I have never really travelled together or taken a “vacation”. In fact, last year’s trip to Vegas was my first time on a plane! How amazing would it be to go to Vegas and have a wedding/honeymoon in one? We hadn’t planned on a honeymoon since we couldn’t afford it, but this gave us an option.
And no, I don’t want a cheesy, hokey “Vegas” wedding (like where we get married by Elvis or something). If I wanted lame we could just go to city hall and be done with it (no offence).
There are lots of great wedding packages you can buy ranging from $1000-$10000. You can get married at all the big hotels from the Bellagio, to the Luxor or the MGM Grand. They take care of everything from make up to flowers, your photos and an officiant. You just get to relax and enjoy the ride. Then afterwards it’s party time 🙂
I am so exited just writing about it. However, this plan isn’t without its flaws.
1. Who will watch the kids? It would have been nice to have them in the wedding, but we would not take the whole family.
2. My parents don’t fly. So they wouldn’t be able to come. I would really like to have my parents around on my wedding day. On the plus side, they could watch the kids.
3. It may be an issue for my brother to come.
4. Everyone may hate us! While the other problems are minor, the reaction to our plan has been…well…you read the title. We thought since its our wedding it should be about us and we should do what we want to do. We are not religious per se and we have been living together for years and now have three kids, so it’s not like we are just starting out of the gate.
I have always found it ridiculous that your wedding is supposed to be all about you, but you bend over backwards and go broke making everyone else happy. Could you imagine it if your family said they wanted to throw you a birthday party and then at the end told you that you were going to foot the bill?
So the “wedding planning” continues as we weigh our options. I keep telling everyone that nothing is decided yet, but in the back of my mind I am already thinking about champagne on the strip and shopping at the premium outlets (yay Ed Hardy).
So what do you think? Would you ever leave it all and have a romantic destination wedding in Las Vegas?