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June 15th, 2017 at 08:02 pm

Any of you remember the show Grizzly Adams and Denver Pyle was a character and he named his mule a number instead of a name?

That, of course, has nothing to do with my post, except today is number 27 for me. Not mules, but wedding anniversaries. DH and I married under an oak tree 27 years ago in his mom's backyard. I don't know, maybe my husband thinks I'm as stubborn as a mule. Smile

It's been a good 27 years. We have had our struggles and our triumphs.

Two years ago we renewed our vows under that 200+ year old oak tree. Last year the oak tree was cut down to make room for a hotel. The property had been sold a number of years ago when DH's mom died.

Our wedding was very simple. We wore clothes we had. My parents, godparents, his mom, brother, sister-in-law, and nephew attended. We rented a community room for the reception and my parents bought the cake and I made Chex party mix (you couldn't buy it already made then) and bought mints and bought the stuff for punch. Friends helped me set up the room beforehand with paper tablecloths and paper plates. We could rent the room for $15 but you had to move tables and chairs out and move them back afterwards. The key rental was an additional $15, but it was returned when you returned the key. We had a place that sold discounted cups, plates, flatware, and paper tablecloths and that's where I bought them. The punch bowl was borrowed from a friend. We brought the cake server from home. A teacher friend videotaped the ceremony and the reception for free for the practice. My teacher friends served. I think we spent less than $200 on our wedding altogether and here we are still married 27 years later.

We decided instead of spending the money on a fancy wedding and reception, we would put our available money as a downpayment on a house. Am I sorry? Not really. Yes, there are times I wish I had the fancy dress and the church wedding. But afterwards, I probably would have kicked myself for such needless spending.

So, happy anniversary to us. No big trip for us. We are going out to dinner. And it will be enough.

13 Responses to “#27”

  1. MonkeyMama Says:

    Happy Anniversary!

    I can't remember where I recently saw a conversation about how "expensive" it is to get married. Confused Weddings are as expensive as you make them. I know my generation generally never got that memo.

  2. Petunia 100 Says:

    I think your wedding sounds lovely. Smile

    Happy anniversary! May the next 27 be even better.

  3. CB in the City Says:

    Happy Anniversary! My wedding and reception were pretty simple, too, though I did wear a traditional dress and we had about 100 guests. But our reception was held in my sister's home and we served hors d'oeuvres we made ourselves. Never regretted it! (Though I did regret my choice of husband, oh well.) I'm sure your wedding was very lovely and meaningful.

  4. My English Castle Says:

    Happy Anniversary! Simple is good!

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    I would have liked to be married in the summer outdoors in the rose garden, but my mother wanted a church wedding and we ended up being married in March instead. It was a good wedding, though, and has been a good marriage. I like seeing others who have had good marriages, too. Happy Anniversary.

  6. creditcardfree Says:

    Happy Anniversary! I think more people should have simple weddings because yours sounds lovely.

  7. PatientSaver Says:

    Actually, the frugality of your wedding impresses me. Besides, it's the people who surround you at your wedding who are most important.

  8. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Happy anniversary Smile!

  9. starfishy Says:

    happy anniversary! and how sweet that you renewed your vows under the same oak tree 25 years later. Smile

  10. Debt-free by Thir-ty Says:

    Happy Anniversary! 27 years is quite an achievement.

  11. ceejay74 Says:

    Happy anniversary! I loved my simple wedding and informal reception. I think it cost about $2,000 in 2006.

  12. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Happy 27th anniversary!

  13. rob62521 Says:

    Thank you, everyone, for your kind wishes!

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