by Liz Lipke
What would you do... If your wedding venue shut down, took your money and ran? That's what is happening to couples in Charleston, South Carolina who booked at The Vue, Ripley Pointe. Couples paid up to $5,000 to this venue as a deposit, and now, have no returned money, no wedding venue and no relief. What an utter nightmare!
Reading news articles like this one in an awful way makes me feel better. Rather than continue to worry about if I will make the right wedding choices, from jewelery to music, I have taken a big step back from wedding planning and started thinking about the bigger picture: Planning for marriage.
After the cake is devoured, feet blistered from shiny heels and straps, ears ringing and rain pinging, you now have a new lifetime to celebrate and explore. What better way to start off a blissful marriage than with a tropical vacation, ocean views and natural landscape to relax and enjoy each other's company?
For our honeymoon, we are planning to visit Maui. At first, I thought a beautiful island escape would be out of reach. I also felt guilty. Should I really spend all that money on myself? Yes, I earned that money, but I am a penny pincher by nature. 99 cent small coffee or a dollar twenty-nine? I waste so much time (in the best way possible) saving those few cents that in the end, a big splurge is heart pounding. But it is also exhilarating!
Half of October I will be polishing up for my wedding: Half of October I will be snorkeling in Hawaii and exploring the scorched volcano grounds.
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