Wedding season is upon us, and as a shameless romantic, I adore this time of year. Happy Endings, fantastic parties, open bars …. but the thing is, people have really been cocking weddings up lately. And by “lately” I mean basically for as long as I can remember. So, here is a definitive list of what weddings should and shouldn’t be about. Because, you know, as someone who is not married and has no immediate plans to be married, I’m obviously qualified to put this together.
Weddings SHOULD be about:
– Celebrating the couple
– Avowing and celebrating the next 70+ years of partnership
– Family and friends
– Creating wonderful, lasting memories
– Having an absolutely fantastic time
Weddings SHOULDN’T be about:
– The bride alone. I’m sorry, I missed the part where she was marrying herself and the wedding should only be about her. Groom? Who needs a groom?
– Perfection. It’s one day, and things will go wrong, but that is OKAY! In the long run, it doesn’t matter. Trust me. Literally no one will care if the satin bow attached to the votive center pieces isn’t the right shade of lavender.
– The spectacle. A wedding is the beginning of a long-ass partnership and you’d better be ready to work hard every day for that. Get married because you want the marriage, not because you want the wedding.
– Making people spend money. Have you seen this economy lately? $350 bridesmaid dresses, 4 bridal showers and a bachelorette party in Vegas is tough on anyone’s wallet. Do things right and do them well, but don’t bleed the wedding party dry!
Long story short, don’t get so wrapped up in planning a wedding that you forget about what you’re really committing to – a marriage that (hopefully) will last forever.
Now, someone point me in the direction of the open bar.