When I was in my twenties, my parents told me that they had set aside a sum of money to help me pay for my wedding one day. Their generosity was touching, and I felt so grateful. But the problem was that I wasn’t ready to get married at the time. And so I didn’t want to use the money for a wedding, I wanted to use it for something else.
By my mid-twenties, I had graduated from law school, and I was beginning to feel society’s pressure to settle down — to find a partner, get married, and start a family — but I was nowhere near ready to do that.
Instead I asked my parents if I could spend the money they had saved for my wedding on something else that felt far more important to me. They didn’t love the idea at first, but after some back and forth, they eventually agreed.
In this video, I talk about the feminist move I made with the money that my parents set aside for my wedding — and why I encourage you to prioritize these types of decisions too.
Lastly, I wanted to mention, while I think that weddings are important, the pressure that women feel to find someone and plan a wedding can be so intense that we forget to prioritize other aspects of our lives that are just as important. I am so thankful that my parents could see this too.
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