So, we are starting 2012 by owning all our imperfections, right? Okay, good.
I have some friends that would say one of my biggest "imperfections" is that I am cheap. I call it frugal, they may call it cheap, but whatever. For instance, I am pretty embarrassed for anyone to see my closet. Not because it's messy or because I have clothes in there from 1995 (seriously, one Old Navy dress from 1995), but because I have very few actual items of clothing. I don't see the point of dropping more than $10 on any amount of clothing if I only sorta care for it, and since I can't afford what I covet, I just don't buy.
What if we applied the same concept to weddings? I personally feel memories will be beautiful whether you've spent $5000 or $50,000 on your wedding. "But," you say, "how can I have a beautiful eco-friendly wedding and not spend lots of money."
Simple, my friend. First off, stop worrying about what other people will think. Seriously, I know a lot of us walk that walk, but now you have to talk the talk. If you worry too much about what someone else may think - your wedding band isn't big enough, your dinner isn't fancy enough, your dress isn't expensive enough - you start letting others dictate your happiness and your wedding budget.
Here are just a few of the ways brides have rocked their wedding by being kind to the environment and to their wallet:
more vegetarian info: A Vegetarian bride shares her wedding day menu
mom's wedding dress pic found via Offbeat Bride