I think everything you have described sounds amazing and so much fun and special for YOUR family which is the most important thing.
Family who love you and want to celebrate with you will move heaven and earth to be there.
You should absolutely have the opportunity to get pampered on your wedding day regardless of the formality of it!
I am thinking...
This time five years ago I was on the precipice of turning 30. I was a newly wed. I had a permanent job that I loved. I was fit and healthy and happy. I thought I'd hit the jackpot and that was it - I'd found happiness.
Then 9 months later my old friend commit suicide and I grieved myself into depression and I never really bounced back since. And now it's the eve of my 35th birthday and the last five years have been so humbling. I never knew it was possible to go through such long periods of unhappiness. I never thought that even when you are totally in love and meet your soul mate that life can throw something at the two of you that you can't recover from.
So here I am, humbled, and wondering what the whole point of it has been, except that I'm still here, still fighting, breathing, laughing and loving. And I never ever take the good for granted any more.
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