I've been e-mailing and talking with friends more, and my grandfather just sent me a piece of a chief's robe he was given when he worked in Africa.
And today, someone I met in middle school e-mailed me randomly and said she had read about our $2,000 wedding through a link on Facebook. She wrote:
"I really admire the values and awareness with which you are approaching this special event in your life. Having planned a wedding not that long ago, I can relate to the over-the-top and often ridiculous nature of the wedding industry. Plus, it sounds like you're having fun doing it! Anyway, I read that you are making your ring out of recycled gold from friends and I was wondering if I could contribute. I don't have much (not being a big jewelry fan myself) and what I do have is not hugely valuable, but I would love to contribute in some small way to something so meaningful."
It's so cool that weddings can strengthen relationships and build community.