At the time, I didn't think there was any harm. With wedding colors already picked out, and knowing M's style as well as I do, I planned my modern, vineyard wedding. My (impeccable) taste was validated just last week, when I finally got to show M everything I'd been planning. Of course, he didn't agree with everything, but he love the idea of an outdoor wedding, and we agreed on enough to move forward.
So what's the problem? Budget. I thought I would be okay; I'd been saving for my wedding for a year, and the vineyards I was looking at were so far from DC I figured the prices wouldn't be inflated too much. But I severely underestimated what a vineyard wedding- or even an outdoor wedding! - costs. Last weekend we put together a budget spreadsheet, and I almost cried. I knew immediately we couldn't afford the vineyards I'd been looking at. At this rate, even a tented reception at a cheaper venue was very likely out of our budget.
All week I've been gathering alternate reception sites and my mindset has adapted. I realize now we might end up with an indoor reception, or a less picturesque ceremony. Or we might just bite the bullet and put more money into this shindig than we'd originally planned. I'll share some of our possible venues, as well as the cheapest places we've found in the NoVA area later this week.
|Stone Mansion, Arlington, VA|
I'd love to have your opinion - have you had any pre-wedding dreams fall through? How did you cope? Is there anything you refused to compromise on?