One Week From Today
I'm getting married in one week. As Evan puts it, T minus seven days.
Wedding planning has been an interesting experience filled with tears and joy. In retrospect, I should have blogged the entire planning process so I could look back and laugh at the insanity of it all. Problem is, I rarely blog.
I'm writing to tell you that the wedding industry is a sham. Vendors know you are a one time customer, so there is no interest in doing what is fair. I am constantly asking if I really needed half the things we've been encouraged to have or purchase. Do we really need wax panels for $2.5K that cover unsightly kiosks? The answer is NO, and I'd like to encourage anyone planning a wedding to be liberated by pointing out the frivolity of it all. I can't say we didn't spend money on items that have defined the event, such as our beautiful invitations, but I can say that I've felt ripped off on a number of occasions.
In the end, the celebration is about the phenomenal human feeling of love which has no equal in life aside from knowing yourself (which is directly relational to one's ability to fall in love). Even though there have been events in the planning process that threatened to derail it, I'm glad we are having a wedding. When I think about growing old together, and accepting the seasons of change in both of us, I can't wait to get started. This is something to celebrate.