A year ago, Grace Kelly was a 25-year-old college student with an MBA from Harvard Business School.
After a decade of travel and the death of her mother, she was going to college full-time to get a master’s degree in business management.
She started saving for her wedding with her mom’s help and a few years ago, she made the trip back to her hometown of San Diego, California. Her fiancé and her two children were attending San Diego State University, but Kelly didn’t have the funds to cover the wedding and the trip to San Diego was expensive.
She had to borrow $25,000 from friends and family to cover her wedding expenses and she was still struggling to pay for all of it.
Kelly took out her $5,000 credit card to make sure her money would be safe, but she still had to pay the first $15 and $25 for the wedding reception and the other $10 for her flowers.
“I thought I was going crazy because I couldn’t get a good rate on credit cards,” she told Business Insider.
“It was a little stressful at first, but I learned how to budget and manage my spending.
The next couple of years, I didn’t think much about it because I had so many other things going on.”
Now, after four years of wedding planning, Kelly is ready to share her thoughts on what she’s thankful for during her wedding.
Her wedding was an emotional roller coaster.
“We all came to a place where we felt like we needed to do everything to make it a great day,” she said. “My fiancé has a really good sense of humor and I have a really strong sense of loyalty.
So, we were all very excited to have our first official wedding day and we did everything to get there.”
What’s she thankful for on her wedding day?
“The day was really important because I was able to get out and enjoy everything that we wanted to celebrate,” she explained.
“There were a lot of really good friends there, I really appreciated the way they brought us together and really shared a special moment together, and I was really grateful to be able to share that with them and get to know them better.”
What did you love most about your wedding?
“Getting to spend time with the other bride was really great, especially the two of them, because I have so much fun being able to talk to them and to see how they look together and to talk about all the stuff that we did together,” Kelly said.
Her fiance is also very happy to see that he and Kelly have a lot in common.
“Our wedding was so special, it was so personal,” he said.
The ceremony itself was an amazing experience and I really appreciate how we got married and how our families were able to make our ceremony so special and memorable.
“You’re having an experience, you’re getting to know each other and it’s really fun and exciting. “
I really enjoy the process of being married, because it’s not just going through the ceremony,” Kelly continued.
“You’re having an experience, you’re getting to know each other and it’s really fun and exciting.
It’s also kind of fun to meet new people and meet new families.”
Kelly has been married to her husband, Joe, for five years and they’ve had four children together.
When it comes to being a stay-at-home mom, Kelly has enjoyed being home and taking care of her family.
“When you’re a stay at home mom, you have so many opportunities,” she added.
“Your family has to come in and go to work, your kids have to go to school, your work has to be done.
You’re able to take care of them and you’re not going to be spending as much time with your kids as you would have in a more traditional home environment.
I’ve had so much time to be a stay away mom and have my kids grow up and become more successful.
I think it’s just a very rewarding time.”
What advice would you give to anyone considering getting married?
Kelly said that she is grateful for the support from her family and friends.
“Honestly, I think that it’s okay to get married,” she stated.
“Everyone is going to have their own experiences, but if you’re doing something that’s going to really help you through it, then it’s ok.”
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