Here comes the bride...
I take you be my husband;
to have and to hold
from this day forward,
for better for worse,
for richer for poorer,
in sickness and in health,
to love and to cherish,
as long as we both shall live.
This is my solemn vow and promise.
Well gals, the Ed of Femail.com.au is getting married! Yes, that would be me! And of course when one is experiencing certain things - what happens? There is an overwhelming urge to share those experiences with others! So I have been prompted to write an article all about the things I have been experiencing, planning, feeling, crying about and laughing over among the many other things that getting married, brings with it.
The even more intriguing thing is this - Femail's Deputy Editor Annemarie, is one of my Bridesmaids, so she has not only been putting up with my day to day dramas, joys and swinging moods that comes with being an Editor, but she has had to experience all those things again, for someone who is a Pending Bride.
One thing I have certainly discovered about getting married is this; make sure you have reliable people around you (and if you don't - then find some FAST). Don't ask "just anyone" to be your bridesmaid. Some girls are quite happy to take the glory of being in the bridal party on the day, but don't want to take the responsibility that comes with it.
Also ensure your fiancé is willing to help, if that is what is important to you, otherwise you will end up with too much stress as there is a lot more to a wedding than one often realises. If he is not willing to help, then take that as a sure sign of problems to come in the future. I certainly could not have remained sane and planned for my wedding without the help of my man. Trying to balance career, other business ventures as well as still maintaining some form of normal life could not have been achieved without him.
Another little tip I have for you is - ask questions! Don't be frightened to ask people for their very best price and shop around. It can be tedious but say the word "wedding" and watch the extra zero's get added! So beware!
And don't do what my Mum did; here we were thinking we'd save a little money on shoes by having some we already owned, dyed and covered with material. Something that I must really emphasize, ASK FOR A QUOTE FIRST!
I now have a pair of ivory shoes that cost me $150 to have covered, when I could have gone out and bought a brand new pair for the same or even less money! And to add to the pain, I now have one less pair of black shoes, which also just happen to be my favourite strappy shoes! Not anymore!
With so much to plan, unless of course you want a really simple day, you will [hopefully] realise how wonderful your Mum, sisters, friends and colleagues are. In my case, I could never have done at all without the assistance of my wonderful Mum and best friend who also happens to be my cousin! Their help and calm has been invaluable!
So for those of you who are engaged and planning your wedding, or about to get married any day now I hope you can identify with my experiences or perhaps learn something that helps you.
I decided to do a little research via friends and colleagues who have already experienced that "Big Day" to see what their thoughts were on the whole "getting married" thing. Read on to see what their responses were to my questions:
1) What memory of planning your wedding stands out most in your mind?
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- Michelle Palmer