As a professional wedding planner, I already knew what was coming. I’m constantly reminding my
clients, “This is your wedding, not your family or friend’s wedding”. But somehow, since my
engagement in September, I had forgotten my #1 rule. Of course, I wanted to please everyone, I mean
who wouldn’t want to see the smiling faces of their loved ones gathered around to celebrate joy and
marriage. But my wedding was growing, not only in guests but also in costs. And did I mention it was
stressful. I found myself inviting extra people and changing my theme just to keep everyone else happy.
I had never had a problem managing my client’s weddings and events but my own wedding was a
Before I met my fiancé Matt, I had always imagined a small intimate wedding including my family and
closest friends. But once I got engaged, I begin to mentally plan this big elaborate wedding that I never
really wanted. My fiancé could easily sense my stress. As always, he knew exactly what to say to ease
my mind. He reminded me that the wedding day is only one page of our love story and that our special
day was exactly that, ours. He knew what I had forgotten, no matter how extravagant our wedding day,
it would NEVER outshine the love that we’ll share for a lifetime. Now you understand why I love him so
We began to talk about what would make us happy. After a lot of discussion we agreed that we would
share our vows intimately together. So we pushed our date up, scratched the big wedding, and began to
plan our marriage ceremony abroad. We absolutely love our families and friends, but we decided that
we wanted to experience this moment privately.
As our wedding day approaches, our excitement grows. We couldn’t be happier with our decision. In 3
months, we’ll be married on the beautiful beaches of Jamaica. I can’t wait to marry the love of my life in
a ceremony planned especially for us. Let the countdown marriage begin!
Learn more about Alicia’s wedding planning services at BrighterAffairs.com