Your Questions About: Alternative Wedding

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Steven asks…

Alternative wedding?

I have always dreamt of a traditional wedding, and reception, but it seems my plans may need to be tweaked. My parents and my boyfriend don’t really get along, and they have decided not to pay for the wedding. I’m not officially engaged, but there is no doubt in my mind that this is the man I am going to marry. I don’t want to cut any corners, but would like ideas of ways to save money. Perhaps only having dessert rather than a full dinner? I would like to get married a little later than normal… maybe around 6:30. Would an all dessert reception be acceptable? Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated.

My mom’s friend has a cake business, so I know I could get the cake for next to nothing. And my boyfriend and all of his friends DJ so that wouldn’t be a problem either.

My boyfriend and his friends aren’t DJ’s, but they DJ at clubs for fun. He is in college and working on his degree.

There are several reasons for my parents not liking my boyfriend, but I honestly believe it is because we are different races. 🙁

Potter answers:

First, you aren’t engaged yet. So, don’t start worrying too much about the menu. However, I think if you know this is the person you are going to be with, then starting putting away money (not just for the wedding, but for a house too)

Then, once he proposes, give yourself a longer engagement. Maybe 1.5 years. Save up money aggressively. Stop eating out, stop buying latte, etc. Save all of your money. You’d be surprised how much money you can come up with in a few months.

Also, when you do get married. Invite your parents. You will only make your relationship with them worse, if you don’t.

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