Planning a wedding can be hectic, crazy and most of all stressful. When Michael and I talked about getting married early on we decided to keep the wedding about us. We have seen so many friends get overwhelmed with guest lists, showers, in-laws, religion and crazy wedding planners. All of the sudden the big day turned into a show for everyone else but the bride and groom.
I was born and raised in the South, “Small Wedding”, is not in my vocabulary. I actually started out wanting a smaller wedding but then realized that half of Mississippi and Alabama is related to me. Now, every trip to the Publix I end up running into someone I just HAVE to invite! Since I was 6 my mom told me to kill everyone with kindness. Now look where that got me. My guest list is looking like pages 1-50 in the Madison County phone book.
Planning showers and making excel sheets has become do or die. The perfect dress for the perfect party is never perfect enough. There has been so much time worrying about whom, what, when and how - I have forgotten the bottom line, my marriage to the most adorable man alive.
Life is not going to end if I do not have 5 different Kitchen, Bath, Bar-Tool-Garden-Patio showers. And my best friend from 5th period in 11th grade probably won’t get her feelings hurt when she does not make the invitation list, even if we did run into each other in Publix … twice.
Our wedding date awaits and the rest of the summer will be filled with butterflies and anticipation. I can’t wait to celebrate with friends and family. I guarantee not all of Alabama will be there but hopefully some special folks we have been blessed to meet along the way.
HELPFUL AND FUN BOOKS FOR BRIDES TO BE:
SOMEBODY IS GOING TO DIE IF LILLY BETH DOESN'T CATCH THAT BOUQUET: THE OFFICIAL SOUTHERN LADIES' GUIDE TO HOSTING THE PERFECT WEDDING
BY GAYDEN METCALFE AND CHARLOTTE HAYS- Funny realistic book about weddings below the Mason Dixon Line, interspersed with recipes and tales of weddings past.
EMOTIONALLY ENGAGED: A BRIDE'S GUIDE TO SURVIVING THE "HAPPIEST" TIME OF HER LIFE
BY ALLISON MOIR-SMITH-Guides the bride through the honest highs and lows of engagement. Great Read, every engaged women should read this.