After I met Hubby, I knew I would get married to him and I jumped head first into planning my dream wedding. I even had a wedding book, with pictures of hair, dress, cake, and makeup ideas, among other things. I wanted a 30 person wedding party. Ice sculpture. A horse and carriage fit for a princess. I wanted it all, and in my dreams, I would get it.
However, reality has set in and my dream wedding is a little less dreamy. First off, I have grown up, gotten a little wiser and some of the things I wanted then, I think a bit silly now (like an ice sculpture). Also, actually planning a wedding is different than writing down ideas and tearing photos out of a wedding book. All those photos and ideas come with a price tag, some bigger than my tiny budget will allow.
Also, getting married in Costa Rica is a little different experience (I am guessing as I never tried to actually plan a wedding in the States). First off, the language thing is still a barrier. Trying to convey to people what I want in Spanish does not translate well. I tried to explain to a coordinator at a wedding venue that I wanted escort cards instead of the paper page they print up with names of guests/table numbers and she completely misunderstood me... I just could not get her to understand what I was saying.
There are lots of wedding venues, however, that offer all inclusive wedding packages that include everything from a DJ to the cake. There are venues that allow you to just rent their space. And there are venues that include the space with tables and chairs. Finding the right venue depends on the look and feel that I am going for and my budget.
Budget: this is tough. I don't have one. But I know how much I can and CANNOT spend on the wedding. While I want my dream wedding, I know I have to make compromises to make it happen. After all, I already have my dream guy!
What Hubby and I want is a big party and for our guests to have fun. What we don't want is to spend thousands of dollars on one day, with little details that no one will end up remembering afterwards. We don't want the stress and we don't want the headaches that come with wedding planning. We just want all the fun. So stay tuned for all things wedding!