December 29, 2008

It's the Economy, Darn It!

I don't need to tell you that we are currently living in an economic crisis. It's all over the news, and you really can't go a day without hearing about it. For some people this economic crisis is closer to home than others. Living in New York City, the financial sector is one of the biggest industries here. Mr. Swan WAS a part of that indusry for 5 1/2 years until early December. Yes, that's right, Mr. Swan was down-sized; laid-off; his position was "eliminated;" whatever you want to call it!

I have to admit that it was initially very hard to want to move forward with the wedding planning. Mr. Swan and I have been trying to make this wedding as economical as we can while still trying to have the wedding we want. We don't have the need for engraved invitations and a stretch Hummer (nothing wrong with those, just not us), but we're not planning to go completely budget either. It seems like we are not the only ones.

For a moment, we thought of scrapping the wedding altogether in favor of a very, very small family wedding or maybe doing a destination wedding. For me, it was hard to even think about spending that kind of money on one day even as special as this one. We decided to move forward with our plans, but not without some careful thought. We are bit older, a little more settled and so have the financial resources to pay for this ourselves. In the end, we'll be married; it is just a matter of HOW we are choosing to accomplish that. Our vows and our future life together are still the most important thing and will be what I have to look back on later in life.

At the same time, we have been getting the most out of our budget that we can and continue to do so. I guess that's all we can really do.

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