How Smart Women Afford a Busy Wedding Season

Mary Katharine and Lyndsey reveal their top tips for getting the most out of wedding trips—without breaking the bank.

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    Slightly different situation but I just finished helping care for my (now) 2 grandchildren. I was helping my daughter-in-law but have done one solo overnight with the older grandchild. You definitely need to keep it simple – and probably 2 or 3 adults for every child would help! Otherwise they have you outnumbered. Its wonderful that Mary Katherine’s friends will/can help.

    My husband and I are now getting to the point where we are going to weddings again (instead of just funerals) and, so far, no destination weddings. May have to travel to another state because that’s where the family members live but I think destination weddings can be selfish if it keeps family or friends from going because they just can’t afford it.

    Thanks again for a great, funny podcast.

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    • March 21, 2019, at 10:14 AM PDT
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    Lyndsey, the objective is to be a good parent – not a perfect parent. For being interim caregiver, fewer activities is generally better. Just being with someone different in the “parent” or supervisor role is different enough to be entertaining for the children.

    MaryKatherine, kudos on identifying a couple of key priorities. If you have other priorities, there is no shame in being on a first name basis with the clerks at McDonald’s. For us, clothing was not a priority. So, our son chose (when he was 4 years old) to wear shorts and cowboy boots to church, and our daughter (then 7) chose to wear identical but different colored shoes on each foot, fine. Some of our friends were horrified that we’d let them out of the house like that, but there were areas other than clothing that we wanted to enforce. (Interestingly, when our daughter got into teenaged years, she always made reasonable clothing choices, and we never had to argue with her that what she wanted to wear was too revealing.)

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    • March 21, 2019, at 3:31 PM PDT
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    I (I’m probably your parents’ age, as our children are about Lyndsey’s age) used to find the concept of “destination weddings” revolting. But then as our children got to marrying, I realized that their peers were much more spread out geographically than our peers were when we got married (early 1980’s and earlier). So people are going to have to travel anyway. But, I still think that if there is a geographic nucleus of friends and family, it is still a good idea to have the wedding there. You want to have in attendance the people who will help hold you accountable for the promises you make in the ceremony.

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    • March 21, 2019, at 3:36 PM PDT
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