Wedding Win: How to Have a Stress-Free Wedding

“I just want to marry the man I love in front of the family and friends that I adore.”

-Ali Besaw

When did weddings become stressful, instead of joyful? Today, weddings have gotten out of control. Instead of focusing on marrying the person you love, all the focus is put on the ceremony itself. It turns into being more about impressing your guests.

As an anxiety and stress prone person, I decided I didn’t want all the headaches that come with a large wedding with an even larger budget – not that I had the option for the budget part. Instead, my fiancé and I went a different route…

We chose to leave it all to Carnival Cruise. While there are some decisions to be made like the dress and invitations, most of it is taken care of. They take care of the flowers, venue, decorations, reception, food, alcohol, officiant and cake. For under $3,000, we will get married in front of 20 loved ones, have an amazing reception with unlimited top shelf liquor and elegant food, and sail away to the Bahamas for 3 days.

When people hear about this, they immediately say “You’re going to honeymoon with your family?” NO, we are not going on our honeymoon with our family. I consider the cruise an extended reception. When we return, we will jet off to some foreign location.

So, when it comes to planning your wedding, ask yourself these questions:

  • What do I really want? Do I want the big wedding and all the headaches associated with it? Or do I want a smaller more intimate wedding?
  • How much am I looking to spend?
  • Who do I really want to be there on my big day?

I’m not trying to steer you away from having the wedding of your dreams, but if you’re on a budget and don’t want to put in hours and hours, then consider what I’ve said. It doesn’t have to be a Carnival Cruise. There are many other options that are affordable and stress-free.

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