For years our accountant told us that we would do better at tax time if we were divorced. Marriage costs money and is exploited by the legal machine and the governmental tax folks. Shouldn't it be the other way around?
My now husband, Jacob, just planned our wedding - a surprise wedding no less. He proposed back in December and in early August he picked me up from work for lunch...I thought. Took me down to the courthouse to get our marriage license and told me to give him the names of 10-20 friends who I'd like to be at my wedding (not an easy task). He told me that's all I was allowed to know and not to ask any other questions. I had a dress and shoes...that was it. In 25-days he planned a breathtaking event attended by 50 local friends and our parents who he flew in from out of town. He kept the price under $2000 to boot! He contacted an older friend (a doctor) who warmly welcomed the wedding to take place at his home/property. Another friend helped with decorations celebrating our Scottish heritage. Jacob bought the food, that friend prepared it. Others volunteered to handle the drinks. Another the photography. Another the make-up and hair. He, his groomsmen and ring bearer all wore kilts and he hired a piper (who turned out to be an old friend of mine). Someone else offered their antique car to pick me up and drive me to the wedding. Friends were all in on it and so excited...but no one let me in on a thing. I had no idea how many people were involved with the planning and preparation until we were on our honeymoon and he told me everything. AMAZING! He then flew me to Boston (where we are from) and we drove to Prince Edward Island, Canada (where beloved story of Anne of Green Gables is set) - another surprise. The next surprise was a second wedding party with our family back north on our way back to Boston and the last fantastic surprise was when he flew me to Scotland that night. Non-stop and full of surprises for not a lot of money. It was a wedding to go down in the history books...and all planned by my husband. Needless to say he set the bar for all men.
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