About Marlene

Bride’s Name & Age:  Marlene, 36
Bride’s Occupation:  Financial Advisor
Groom’s Name & Age: Jose, 36
Groom’s Occupation: Contractor and Business Consultant

How long have your been dreaming of your wedding day? Well my first marriage was at the age of 17, due to a strict upbringing. So that kind of put a damper on my wedding dreams, until I met Jose, who allowed to me finally want a blissful dream wedding.

What is the approx. wedding budget? $20,000, not including the honeymoon

Who’s paying for the wedding? We are.

What happens if you go over budget? My mother will have to help make it happen.

Did you hire a wedding planner?  How are they doing? No, I am the wedding planner, since I am such a control freak.

How helpful has the groom been (or not) in the planning process? The groom has not been helpful. For example, he hasn't even seen the venue, only through my iPhone, while he was watching the show Cops and drinking a beer.

Have you or your groom been married before?  Any children? If so, what role will the kids play on the wedding day?  Yes, both of us have been. My daughter from my previous marriage and our daughter we had together will be both be in our wedding.

Tell us about your family. How have they been involved in the planning process?  My family is insane and full of drama. I would lose my mind if I fully involved everyone.

What’s the worst thing that could go wrong on your wedding day? My family is known for not being punctual, so with my luck, they would show up so late that they would miss the ceremony!

What disagreements have come up about the wedding?   Our biggest wedding disagreement has been about the DJ. My fiance wants to hire his friend to DJ, however, he doesn't even have his own equipment! At my baby shower, he got so drunk that someone had to step in to DJ. My fiance doesn't know this yet, but I already signed a contract with a professional DJ!

Has the engagement/wedding ever been called off, or in jeopardy?  If so, what happened and how did it get resolved?  No – we are in it for the long run.

Define the type a bride you will be:  I tend to have no patience, so because of that, I need to have total control of everything in regards to my wedding.