Yes, I know it’s been a while. Life’s been crazy, and work has been particularly awful in the last week or so. Too much going on, not enough people to do it. You know the drill, but I should at least be grateful to have a job, I guess.
Today’s blog post is written by guest blogger/wonderful fiance, Lee. This will be published in the Covington News annual bridal guide, which as news editor he put together, and naturally as the groom-to-be, he was the obvious choice to write the introductory column. Enjoy!
Putting a wedding together has a lot in common with putting a newspaper or magazine together. It takes a combination of different elements, provided by many people, that all have to come together nicely into a single arrangement. Article copy, photos and other page elements are neatly reflected by dresses, tuxedos, caterers, ministers and more. Crud, I just scared myself again.
Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Lee Sandow, 24, of Covington. I do the page layout of the Covington News for a living, including paginating special publications like this Bridal Guide. Also, in October, I asked my wonderful girlfriend, Claire, to marry me.
She said yes, so let’s fast forward to now. We’ve set a date for July of this year, picked a location and asked her pastor to wed us. She bought her dress a few weekends ago, and from what the bridesmaids have told me, it’s purple and orange, and somehow features feathers. I think they might be pulling my leg.
There’s still a bit to do. More than a bit, to be honest. My married readers are probably chuckling to themselves right now about how much of an understatement that just was.
I’ll admit, all this planning has been more difficult and time consuming than I expected it to be. So many elements are reliant on others, and as each decision is made, it raises only more questions that need more decisions.
For example, the bridesmaids will be wearing cyan. Unless we change our minds again, but let’s assume we won’t. So from there, we need to figure out what flowers will go with that. And from there, what do the tuxes need to look like? What other decorations will we need to match? What about everything in the reception? Should our save-the-date cards and invitations match?
We’re both designers, so we’re sticklers for a theme. What that theme should be made up more than a few hours of deliberations, trial and error and eventual consensus. The good news is that while we might occasionally have differing opinions on the finer points of this whole wedding thing, we’ve been able to meet in the middle and not have any serious disagreements. That’s probably a good sign.
So to make this bridal guide, I put together a list of everything that goes into planning a wedding. Then I asked my married coworkers to tell me what I had forgotten to add to the list, and once they had (the list size doubled, by the way) we all set to writing. Now it’s time to put it together and see just how much my fiancée and I have to do. It may be a lot of work, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.