Strip courtesy of the now defunct Patrick Grey. R.I.P. Patrick.
Is the balance of my bank account.
Even though I always understood that weddings cost money, I was never really aware of how much money until I started paying for mine.
I’ll admit I was a fool. I should have known that the numbers floating around in my head were unreasonable, even doing things the budget way, but I was optimistic and figured that with a little elbow grease and ingenuity, we could squeak by with our meager budget. Oh how wrong I was . . .
Overnight, it seemed I went from being a girl who, at her worst, had a $200 credit card balance which she paid off right away in full, to being a girl who has DEBT.
A few weeks ago when I went fabric shopping, I just about had a seizure when I had to pay the bill. Logically, I realize that, considering everything I was purchasing (mockup fabric, lining, lace and silk for my dress and silk shantung for our BL and MOH), it wasn’t that bad, but that didn’t change the fact that the salesgirl had to practically pull my Mastercard out of my white knuckled death grip.
This all wouldn’t be so bad if I JUST had to pay for wedding stuff, but outside in the real world, life is continuing. The rent is due, the utilities are due and unfortunately, telling those bill collectors you’re going to be a bit late this month because you just dropped a few hundred bucks on imported French lace isn’t a valid excuse.
Our parents have been very sweet and are helping out with some of the costs and I can at least see a light at the end of the minimum monthly payment tunnel (come on June!), but I can’t help but feel a little stressed, especially since I was raised in a very conservative household and have never ever been “in the red” for anything before.
So to calm my nerves, I need some reassurance from the Hive – Are any of you in/have any of you been in wedding debt? How did you deal with it?