Why, Oh Why Am I Not Eloping!?!
by Jaime Ross, Assistant Manager, Client Services, The Cruise Web
I’ve recently discovered that planning a wedding is only slightly less painful than a root canal. Ok, maybe it’s not that bad. But it does still make you want to pull your hair out occasionally.
My fiancé, Jason, asked me to marry him last July. July 5th, actually. It was lovely. The sun was shining. The birds were chirping. Love was in the air.
And then we woke up on July 6th (cue the dark, imposing music) and ever since our lives have been devoted to wedding planning (cue screams from the peanut gallery).
Jason and I quickly learned there was a lot involved in planning a wedding. There’s the venue, the food, the invitations, the band, the photographer…need I go on? But, thankfully, things are moving along smoothly. We’ve had the place for the ceremony and reception booked since October and our caterer was chosen by December, as was my dress – which should be ready any day now – SO excited! I think picking the dress was the easiest and least time-consuming part of this whole process so far!
We picked the members of our bridal party within a few weeks of getting engaged…ok…I’ll be honest…I picked my bridesmaids about 3 years ago, but who’s counting? I mean, really, after dating my fiancé for over 9 years, I was bound to start thinking of wedding bells at some point. After my sister got married last May, Jason would probably tell you that I started laying it on pretty thick.
We now have less than 4 months to go (the wedding is in August) and though we have a lot planned already, we still have lots to do and the nerves are starting to kick in. We just finalized our wedding invitations and wow, what a process that was!! First, you have to pick the style of invitation you want. Then, you look through books, upon books, upon books until you find the one you like best. THEN, you choose the color…not only of the paper, but of the ink as well. THEN, there’s the font, and the response cards, and return envelope addresses, and so on. I never knew invitations would be one of the most difficult parts of planning a wedding. This was the part in which I lost a few hairs and probably gained some new gray ones in their place. But the invitations look great and we couldn’t be happier with them.
We have yet to book a florist or videographer, but meetings are in the works. And, of course, there are still the little things like favors, centerpieces, gifts for bridal party, parents, and each other, not to mention a veil, shoes, and jewelry…but that’s all fun stuff!
Overall, it hasn’t been all that bad. Hey, it could be worse…after all, I could be a Bridezilla and complain about everything down to the smallest detail! I know that I’ll be glad we decided to have a full-blown wedding rather than running off and eloping because it is very important to Jason and I that we get to share this amazingly beautiful life experience with our family and friends. I’m sure the annoyances involved with wedding planning will disappear the moment I start walking down the aisle and become overwhelmed with emotion, seeing my Hubby-To-Be waiting for me at the end.
And, of course, it’s nothing a little honeymoon can’t cure…