My fiance and I are getting married next April in a backyard wedding on a relative's property. Due to financial issues related to the pandemic and some previous student loan debt, we can't have the wedding we want. We aren't that young, I'm 37 and my fiance is 35 and we are both behind in many ways in life. We aren't homeowners, but are hoping to at some point. He has never been able to travel and has never been on a plane. Due to finances, we won't be going on a honeymoon.
Last weekend, we went to a wedding in which the couple are both 25 and it was a very nice wedding. I'm not sure if the couple received help from their parents as I know the groom's father has a high salary. This couple also owns a home. I was sad afterwards as my FI and I are still very much behind in life. I'm dreading our wedding because everything is done very much on a budget with cheap stuff for centerpieces, decorations, etc. It's embarrassing to know people younger than us were able to have a much nicer wedding.
A part of me wishes we would have waited a couple of more years to save up money. My FI didn't want to wait. I know this is ridiculous to be sad over, but FOMO is very real for us. It sort of stings we won't have a honeymoon or any other event wedding related.