No wedding stress for this bride

Published 1:01 am Monday, September 13, 2004

By Staff
Who says it takes a year to plan a wedding?
I've been engaged for less than a month, and the big day is in November. When I tell people that, they tend to ask "This November?" Yes, this November, and it's all coming together nicely.
I do have my concerns, of course. I want the event to be nice enough to impress future in-laws who are traveling all the way from Connecticut. I have to figure out how we are going to get a marriage license when my fiance is in Knoxville and our wedding is on a holiday weekend.
I have learned some pretty interesting things in this short process. For example, did you know that anyone can be ordained and have the authority to perform weddings after just a few minutes of filling out forms on the internet? Did you know that adding the words "wedding" or "bridal" to any product or service causes its price to zoom up to outrageous levels?
And I have a new theory about guest lists -- even with the intention to keep the event simple and only include friends and family, it's impossible to invite fewer than a hundred people. In fact, I'm sure my own guest list will continue to swell right up to the last minute as we remember people we want to include. Are people going to be left standing because we've only reserved 100 chairs? I'll put that on my list of things to stress about.
My list of things to stress about or things I still have to accomplish is renewed everyday as I count down the days to Nov. 27, 2004, but I can't fool anyone into thinking I don't love every minute of it.
I'm playing dress up with the perfect frilly gown, and six of my best friends are like little dolls for me to put in matching outfits. I get to have parties and plan cakes and choose flowers, and I can be totally self-absorbed about it because my family and friends -- and especially my future husband -- are indulging me. In a very wise move, my fiance has decided to answer any wedding-related question with "whatever makes you happy, sweetie."
And of course, his cooperation reminds me that no matter what happens with all the parties and dresses and other details, ending up hitched to a good man will be the happiest part.

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