Since I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints back in August of last year, I will be coming up on my one year anniversary as a member...
Which means in about a month and a half, South County Boy and I will have the opportunity to go to the Newport Beach Temple and be sealed for all time an eternity.
For those of you who aren't familiar with the Mormon faith and our beliefs, we believe that marriage doesn't have to end at death do you part. We believe that you can be sealed for time and all eternity in the temple.
It's kind of a big to-do and as the date gets closer, i'm getting more and more excited about it. Essentially its like getting re-married all over-- without any of the drama hopefully.
SCB and I have started our preparation and scripture study classes to help prepare us for the big day and we have family coming in to town to be there for us, as well as some friends coming from church. Earlier this year we set aside $500 to help take care of some of the expense we knew would come, but now that South County Boy has a job, we have decided to contribute a few more dollars that we will cash flow out of our now happier budget (more on that on Monday).
Since SCB and I already did our formal ceremony and reception, we aren't making a big to-do, but we will be spending some money to help us make it a memorable day.
A friend of ours from church has offered to take professional photos after our sealing for $200.00 (She has photography business and is really good and is giving us a great deal). I also ordered a new white dress on-line to wear for after the ceremony for the photo shoot. The site I ordered it from does custom "made to fit" orders for all their dresses so this dress will be designed to fit me and it should arrive about 2 weeks before our sealing for only $95! (They only had a stock photo of the dress in blue on the site, but mine will be white and it will be something I can actually wear again too which is awesome.)
We will also need to purchase clothes and items for the ceremony itself. South County Boy's parents will be purchasing his attire (white slacks, shirt, shoes, tie, etc as a sealing gift since they have done that for all their sons when they have been able to go to the temple, so we will be picking up my items later in August. Were not sure how much this will cost so we will just say around $200 to be on the safe side.
After the ceremony and photos we are going to be treating our family and a few friends to lunch at stone fire grill (where we did our rehearsal dinner) because the food is amazing and designed for large groups of people so its not too pricey.
All in all I think it will cost us maybe around $800.00. Essentially the dress and the photos are our perk that we are adding now that we can afford to do so with SCB's job!