Planning a wedding on a budget is serious business. Here are the different stages I've gone through so far.
You know he is going to pop the question soon. You already have your dream wedding planned out (on a secret Pinterest board).
2. post engagement
ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. You are finally able to make that Pinterest board public. You cry tears of joy/excitement with friends and future bridesmaids. You day dream about the wedding & marriage 24/7.
3. real planning
Now you are at the point where you start ordering and making reservations. You realize how much everything cost...
4. let's just get eloped
Why spend money on throwing a party for other people!? This is is about US, right?!
5. you realize this isn't just about you
Even though this day is about your marriage, people who love & care about you want to experience this amazing day with you.