So I've been all doom and gloom and full of court related stuff lately. I thought I'd inject a little spirit of goodness into a post which I've been unable to do lately. Our official wedding date is set for New years eve 2012. Yes, its a year and half away, I know lol. We are so on a tight budget though and paying it all ourselves. So we have no choice but to plan early and pay for things one at a time to check off our list, meaning every few weeks we will be taking care of some detail or another in order to not leave ourselves short at the last minute. We're both committed to not spending a penny on this wedding via credit, neither credit cards nor bank loans. We both are very excited to be married and want it to be very special, but at the same time we're both the practical sort and we both can't stand debt. We've started talking "details" the past few days, so it is feeling very real now. Our wedding day will be the day of our 8th anniversary, and we are getting married the same place we met, on the night we met. I am excited already, is it obvious? It is so nice to have a project to plan that feels special and wonderful and right, especially given such other deep, darker stuff going on. It will be my light at the end of the tunnel so to speak. So ladies (and the few gents we have on our board!), creative ideas for super budget minded people? We really don't have any real "vision" so we're open to all ideas. We both absolutely love Christmas and the entire holiday season, so given the time of year it will be, we're going to sort of base our decor and clothing on that idea to a degree. For example, easy child is going to be my maid of honor and I'm having my cousin as my sole brides maid. They will both be wearing dark burgandy type colored gowns, think that gorgeous deep color, sort of like the perfect color dark wine. S/O will of course have a tux with a splash of color somehow to match the colors. Matt will be giving me away (Swoon!!!!!!!!!! I am going to cry before we even get through the door having him do that for me) and have a tux, as will S/O's brother who is best man and my cousins partner who will be a groomsman. Other than that, we are going for simple but elegant, within our budget, but we also want some special touches to make it memorable somehow. You all always have great ideas for most everything asked on the board. So ladies, whatcha got for me? I'm going to start a book of ideas so your ideas will go into it so I don't forget them. I'm hoping to find a few unique ideas for a few special things throughout the reception but no clue what I really mean by that or what is appropriate. Frankly I've only attended 3 weddings my entire life so not much to base it on.