Well, Jonathon and I have taken a strange turn in the wedding planning road. We have this beautiful wedding planned for 50ish of our nearest and dearest. However, there are about 200+ being left out. After being with his family (extended) for a few days we realized we could not leave them out. So, we come up with a solution.
A vow renewal about a week after our wedding (our honeymoon to Amsterdam is for our anniversary the next year) and we both have off 2 weeks immediately following our wedding (no vacation needed.. it's the beauty of working at a college). So, we thought... well we are going to be home anyway might as well get everyone together and have another wedding.
BUT this one will be seriously informal. We will do it at his old church (for $50), have someone close to us read the vows (no ordaining necessary), have potluck reception with our families (so no catering costs and our families are all Southerners who love to cook for people whatever the occasion), no decorations, wear the same thing we did the day of the wedding (cool because I get to dress up again), have a friend of the family take pictures (because we have to capture this too), and basically just have a good time.
This way no one gets left out. Everyone gets to see us say the vows, gets to be apart of the celebration, and we get to have the fancy wedding and the informal indie wedding. Not too bad of a plan. I believe it will be amazing. Frustrating, but amazing. Jonathon's cousin is helping me on the Athens side of things (she's a member of that church and married there over the summer). More on this when I have more information. We just thought of this.