I thought about how easily one can get overwhelmed, and how it will take a conscious effort to step back sometimes, and breathe, and focus on the reason for the marriage, and not the dress, the ceremony, or the drunk uncle who might show up at the reception.
So I sat down and made a list of things to remember during this beautiful process. Because that's what it should be: Beautiful. And fun. And sparkly. (Lots of sparkly.)
Feel free to steal this list if you are engaged, irritated, overwhelmed, and tired.
- 1. Don't put the wedding above your husband-to-be.
- 2. This is you and your fiance's wedding. Not anyone else's.
- 3. Just smile and nod with unsolicited advice. And maybe mentally prepare dinner while you listen to the ramblings.
- 4. Don't mentally plan dinner if someone who has been married for 40 years is giving you advice.
- 5. Have non-wedding conversations.
- 6. Include your Mister in the decisions. Don't assume he doesn't care.
- 7. Take the planning one thing at a time.(I have written down 1-2 things to plan/do each weekend. At least one weekend a month I take "off.")
- 8. Your bridesmaids are there to HELP you. USE them.
- 9. Sometimes, the $50 thing you were going to DIY is just worth the 50 bucks. Put the glue gun away. Go to sleep.
- 10. Thank God for that sweet man you get to spend the rest of your life with.
Like I said, I've only been engaged for 30 hours. I am not stressed by any stretch of the imagination, but when I can feel my eye start to twitch, and a headache coming on, thinking about this list will help keep me in check.
For those of you who have been through this process, what advice do you have?