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Patiently engaged

Submitted by Brittany Lyles on June 4, 2010 – 8:28 pmComments

It all happened so fast. One moment I was turning my tassel from the right to the left of my graduation cap and the next moment my boyfriend (Freeman) got down on one knee and asked for my hand in marriage at my graduation party.
Freeman had prepared a speech and my parents brought in the entire party, about 80 people, to stand and watch as he spoke about how we met and surprised me with a beautiful princess cut white gold ring.
How could I say no, or even think about affording a wedding? It was all so romantic and beautiful. Now 2 weeks after the proposal, it has hit me that I have absolutely no money to pay for a wedding, or let alone a wedding dress. With loan payments coming in within the next 6 months, a wedding is the last thing that should be on my mind. I’m beginning to think that I need to be more realistic and watch less wedding shows. A wedding is supposed to be memorable and I am truly in no hurry. Maybe saving up for a few years won’t hurt. The last thing I want is to end a wedding in a mountain full of debt.

Will you marry me?

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  • You can wait until you and your fiance are on more level ground; it's not a crime to have a relatively long engagement. It's wise to consider the financial aspect before diving into spending money you can't afford to spend.
  • Ina
    Fellow Choice Effect blogger here. Congratulations!! It's tough, but it sounds like you're pretty grounded in what's realistic in your situation. But remember that you can make your wedding whatever you want it to be! I hope that you have a great engagement!
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