The wedding draws near. I meant for that to sound crypt-keeper-esque, but I don’t think that translates through the internet. It’s not so much scary, as it is insane. Especially when I think about how quickly 3 and 1/2 months flies by. Couple that with the fact that we haven’t even picked out our invitations? It’s bananas.
I had bananas for breakfast. Not the same.
There are a billion things they don’t tell you about wedding planning before you dive into it headfirst. You always hear things like, “blah blah blah bridezilla”, “blah blah blah so much work”, “blah blah blah crazy family drama”, but nobody ever gives you specifics. And I have a sneaking suspicion that’s true for childbirth too, but we won’t go there today.
In the spirit of keeping it real, here are some things they don’t tell you about wedding planning:
1) Nobody gives a crap about your DIY table numbers. Will they look fabulous and make people go “aww”? Maybe. Will anybody care that you didn’t spend $200 and 15 hours of your life hot glue gunning the shit out of your living room? No. They will not be missed.
2) The free catered tasting is the best part of wedding planning. Shoveling your face with 5 different entree options and chugging back 4 different wine options puts you in a happy place. Would you like a mini margarita to start your meal? Yes, yes, I would.
3) Your future husband has opinions. Crazy, right? This is a bummer to women who have been planning dream weddings since they popped out of the womb. However, this is a really cool thing for women who haven’t given any thought to their wedding (i.e., me).
4) Bridal magazines will become useless the moment you actually start planning your wedding. You quickly realize that you could endlessly plan magazine weddings, but nothing you find in there is actually realistic. It also becomes quickly apparent that you don’t have to listen to the advice of others.
5) It’s important to register in the store rather than online. Why? Because they give you free stuff! Sometimes just registering for cutlery gets you a free knife, etc. Also, registering in the store will save you a ton of time. Trust me.
6) Shop around. With everything. Love that understated hair comb at the bridal boutique? Save yourself $300 by buying it on Etsy for $12. This might sound like a no-brainer, but it really can be a lifesaver.
Ultimately, do whatever is fun and easy for you. If you are a crafter and nothing would please you more than to origami your invitations, then do that. If you want to wear a blue dress because you look stunning in blue, then do that. People will be more comfortable and happy at your wedding if you are comfortable and happy at your wedding.
The best part in all of this madness is that I get to marry my sweetiemonkeypants. The rest of it is just a big fun party dedicated to us! How totally cool!
7) Don’t lose sight of the big picture. Stop and take the time to be engaged and happy.
What do you wish you would have known before planning your wedding? What did you have at your wedding that was totally “you”?