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I know this is a long shot and most people will think twice before helping me and fiance, but, please, hear me out.
I've been with my fiance for 5 years this July, I proposed to her 6 months into the relationship, sometimes you just know they're the one. We had a long engagement for a few years, but come December 2017 we decided to start properly planning our wedding. It isn't a big wedding by any means, but it's an intimate one.
I was working full time for an insurance company in Cheshire, but one day, after a particularly bad week of bad news and stress, I suffered a psychotic breakdown, I suffer from Schizophrenia and have done since I was 18. I was forced to stop work in December and have been collecting statutory sick pay from my employer since November, it's barely enough to scrape enough money together to pay the bills along with my fiance's wage.
On top of that, I've suffered liver damage from the anti-psychotic medication that I've been taking to control and manage my mental illness, so it's created a catch-22 situation: I either come off the meds and become further mentally ill, or continue to take them and damage my liver beyond repair.
Me and my fiance have tried our best to pay for the wedding, we've gotten money off family but our wages barely cover the payments on the venue and we're struggling to see how we can afford it (we've already paid the deposits on the venue and registrar).
I would love nothing more to give my fiance the wedding she deserves, but it's so hard when I can't work because of my disability, it's made me feel worthless as a man and a partner not being able to provide the things my partner needs, but I'm hoping that with the generosity of strangers, I can give us both the wedding we would love and it would take so much stress away from us.
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Tom & Zoe.
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Me and my partner are both in our early 20s and are trying to get the wedding of our dreams - we've funded it part way so far but would love to receive help from anyone that can!
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