Happy New Year!
2017 was a huge year of change for me personally, but also for us as a couple. We bought our first condo together, went on an amazing adventure to Portugal, adopted the cutest little rescue cat, and just before Christmas, we got engaged!!!!!
I don’t post a whole lot about RD or our relationship on this blog because he’s a pretty private person, but some thing are just worth sharing. :) We had been talking about getting married for a few months, so it didn’t come as a total surprise. But the proposal was sweet and unexpected, and we’re both excited and happy about our future together.
I had previously written out my goals for 2018, but now that we have a wedding to plan, my goals will be shifting slightly (updated post will be coming out soon). So yes, we’re having a short engagement. I don’t think it really mattered to either of us when we got married, but 2018 seemed to fit perfectly because I’ve always thought it would be cute to get married on your dating anniversary, and our 3 year anniversary just happens to fall on a Saturday in 2018. Plus, there are a bunch of 8’s in that wedding date … I’m not typically one to care about Chinese superstition, but it just felt like it was meant to be.
I’ve also never spent much time thinking about my own future wedding, except that if I ever did get married, I wanted something small and within a modest budget. So when we first got engaged, being the PF blogger I am, I started drafting an initial budget. I smugly thought we could have everything we wanted for under $10,000. But once I added up all the numbers, our budget was almost double that amount! I even asked a friend to take a look at my spreadsheet, and she thought what I had was quite reasonable. So I spent a few days adjusting and trying to trim costs down, but we couldn’t get them to move more than a few hundred dollars without completely compromising what we wanted. And when we really thought about it, we realized we were okay with that.
Why on earth would a PF blogger want to spend $20,000 on a wedding!? Well, because we’re having two receptions. Yes, I know what you’re thinking. :) But while the wedding day is absolutely about the bride and groom, it’s also about family. The details are obviously still coming together, but our plan is to have a small ceremony and reception on the Sunshine Coast for our immediate family, very close extended family, and good friends. Then the following weekend, we will throw a big Chinese banquet dinner in my hometown for our friends, as well as my entire extended family. This is super meaningful to us, but clearly not the most frugal way of having a wedding (and trust me when I tell you over the last week or so I’ve been reading so may blog posts and stories about frugal weddings). However, what we’ve come up with satisfies our desire for an intimate low-key ceremony and reception, as well as our strong pull to include all of our family in our celebration.
We have less than 8 months to plan a wedding, so I’m sure there will be many more posts coming your way – including, of course, our budget. Thankfully, organizing and planning events is something I enjoy doing (and I think I’m pretty good at it too), so it’ll be more fun than stressful. I hope. :)
Author: Krystal Yee
I’m a personal finance blogger and marketing professional based in Vancouver. I’m a former Toronto Star (Moneyville) columnist, author of The Beginner’s Guide to Saving and Investing, and co-founder of the Canadian Personal Finance Conference. When I’m not working, you can usually find me running, climbing, playing field hockey, or plotting my next adventure.