Pinspiration: My Imaginary Parisian Wedding (also titled Help Me!)



I got engaged on New Year's Eve 2012. My fiance is the kind of guy who's very quietly romantic and much to my happiness his proposal was in the same fashion. He had intended to take me to a dinner reservation, but when he ended up having to work much later than expected, the plans kind of got squashed. So anyway, he picked me up very late with a bottle of champagne. We grabbed some burgers (fancy, huh?) and went to the top of this parking garage near our apartment to watch fireworks. We went there mainly because there wasn't enough time to do anything else, but it turned out to be so lovely because we had a great vantage point for the fireworks and we had the entire place to ourselves.

I had known that he was going to propose, but in the back of my head I thought maybe he wouldn't because the evening was not nearly as "romantic" as planned. He kind of gave it away though because he kept watching the clock for the right moment to play this song he had in mind. Anyone who knows Zach knows he had to soundtrack his proposal, which is one of the many reasons he's the right guy for me. Anyway, he played the song and we slow danced in the snow, drinking champagne from plastic cups, and then finally he said some beautiful things and asked me. And for all of it's simplicity and lack of glamour, it's hands down one of my favorite days of my life.

Fast forward to 18 months later and I now have every last wedding detail accounted for and we are getting married. Just kidding, I literally haven't planned one single thing. We were thinking about a relatively small, DIY-style wedding after a long and leisurely engagement, and all of that was perfect in my book. But then both my dad and my fiance lost their jobs around the same time and any small thought, along with the small wedding fund we had saved, flew out the window.

Now before you cry for me, Argentina, both the guys are back on their feet but after a hard year, but our wedding budget is currently $0.00 and our plans are just stuck. I'm not able to plan an actual wedding (even a small/informal one), but I'm also not sold on the whole elopement thing (and currently can't even afford that).

So I obviously need help. Tell me about your experience. Did you go to the courthouse and it was the best decision you've ever made? Was your wedding day so magical that you think I should carry on the good fight or live a life of regret? Are you just a cat surfing the web but even you think I need to at least plan a getaway elopement? I don't care if we've never even met before, put your two cents right on in. All thoughts, comments, personal experiences, advice, etc., is invited begged for in the comments section.

And in the meantime, please behold my carefully curated (and entirely imaginary) Pinterest wedding...

Looking forward to your sage advice! :)