While many couples pull out all the stops when planning their wedding, many decide not to. Whether it be a matter of available funds or a desire for something more subdued and quiet, it is a personal choice. Any couple would agree that the most important thing to remember is that you are committing to building a life with someone you love. Don’t feel bad or slighted if you don’t have a big elaborate wedding, remember the true reason you are getting married. There are many options available to still have a small memorable wedding, you just need to know where to look. My older brother met the love of his life when he was in his mid twenties and wanted to get married. He was well known for being the level headed and responsible one, and had a dream of buying a house. He couldn’t do both. Together they chose to buy a house and have a small, do it yourself wedding. My sister-in-law to be went online and placed a large but financially thrifty order at a wedding supply store. While my brother was responsible, she was crafty. The wedding supply store had everything she needed for what she considered her “dream” wedding. Once the order from the store was delivered, her and her bridal party (including me) worked night and day under her direction. Honestly, I was very surprised at what was available and what she purchased at the wedding supply store. The day arrived and my brother and sister-in-law were married. Though small (about 25 people), it was intimate and lovely. It was held in a private room at a local restaurant. We were proud to see all our decorations, wedding favors, and place settings. It reminded my of a spring garden. It was just as beautiful as any of the pricey elaborate weddings that I had been to before. They are still married, still in love eleven years later. They are also still living in the house they closed on two weeks after they were married. Remember to do what is right for you, not what everyone else may be doing. If family and friends are not supportive it should not matter. This is your day. Make it special.