I've been married for 16 years. We had a huge (over 400) wedding planned.
My wife almost had a stroke trying to plan it.
Then we basically cancelled it, and had 34 people at our wedding.
We remember every face. And it's amazing how many people you think will be in your life that just fade away.
Need more proof? (This is part humor... Part truth).
Step 1: How Much a Wedding Costs
Even if you are planning to go cheaper... They are still expensive.
Step 2: What Else Can You Do With the Money?
Lots of great stuff. Buying a home is probably the most grown-up thing.
Step 3: But We Want to Get Married
You are still married if 400 people don't witness the event.
You can get married locally and go to Vegas. Or take the close family with you and get married there.
Step 4: But Our Friends Will Hate Us
Eventually most of them will probably hate you anyways.
Half your friends will be gone in seven years. So really... Why spend money on those punks?
This may speed up the 7 year process, saving you even more time wasted on friends.
It's a win win.