It is hard to believe, but Charlie and I will be celebrating our SEVENTH wedding anniversary tomorrow. I must have gotten married at 16 because I am only 23 …
I am so glad we got married before the days of Pinterest. I always knew I wanted a small, simple wedding. But Pinterest would have made me think that I wanted a wedding that I didn’t because it was on Pinterest. To be honest, I still see things on Pinterest and think, “Oh we should get re-married so I can do that!” I mean, really?
Charlie and I got married on St. George Island, which is just off the coast of Apalachicola, which is on the gulf side south of Panama Beach. It was super quiet and secluded, which is exactly what I wanted. We got married on the beach, and there were no more than 20 people there. It was perfect.
So today, I am sharing why we chose a destination wedding.
I was never a wedding girl.
When I played with my Barbies and dolls, I don’t remember being fixated on the weddings. To be honest, I was way too busy cutting their hair and picking out new outfits for them. And even as I got older, I was never really interested in weddings. As high maintenance as I can be about some things, this just wasn’t one of them.
A destination wedding was my dream.
When I was around 13, a family friend got married in Mexico. I knew immediately that was what I wanted when I got married. I love the beach, there was very little fuss – it was the perfect scenario for me. And then when I informed Charlie what our wedding would be like (this was non-negotiable), luckily he thought it was a great idea. He is not a big wedding kind of guy (unless it was what I really wanted, then he would have endured it). My parents aren’t big wedding type people either, and I think if I told them I changed my mind and wanted something big, they would have been really disappointed.
We have small families and few friends.
Charlie and I are both only children. And we both have remarkably small extended families. And to be honest, we don’t have that many friends either. In fact, my best friend was in the Peace Corps at the time, so she wasn’t even at our wedding. We couldn’t have had a big wedding because we just didn’t (and still don’t) know that many people. And truthfully, lots of people make me nervous.
I knew I didn’t want anything stressful for my wedding. I wanted my parents to be able to relax and have fun. I wanted to be able to relax and have fun. I really wanted it to be a vacation for everyone, and Charlie and I happened to get married on the vacation. I wanted something that was going to be easy but also really beautiful. With the ocean in the background, how can a beach wedding not be beautiful?
So those are the reasons we went with a destination wedding, and I am still so glad we did. Even in the age of Pinterest, I would change anything… most days. Now, tell me about your wedding or your dream wedding (whether you are married or not!)