A few reasons why you practical wedding readers (or “Team Practical” as I call you in my head) are awesome:
- You just are, obviously. You leave the best comments, and send me the most supportive emails. You’re positive and helpful, and give such constructive tips and feedback. Half the time the comments here are better then my posts.
- Thus far you’ve raised $135 for Dianne & Chuck’s $10,000 wedding in reverse. Can we make it $200? Lets see!
- You brought The Engaged Guy out of his slumber. I told you, peer pressure works. Check out his post on the subject here.* And please disregard him calling me famous (it made me blush).
Go, go, Team Practical!
*Ohdearjesus. While you are over there, please listen to the podcast of the post. The auto voice reading the post is so awful-hilarious, it made me actually cry a little bit from the laughing. Perhaps we should start the podcast nonsense here?
I'm excited to announce our very first contest! Who-hoo! Now, do you think I'm giving something away, and all you have to do is leave a comment and get picked? Of course not. Over here at chez practical we value wit more then that. So, Modern Bride has introduced a new ad campaign,
"I’m a Modern Bride because..." I've included the only adorable ad above. As for the rest, well, if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all, right? Except, really
? You’re a modern bride because your wedding lasted four days? FOUR DAYS? That is a lot of inconvenience and forced merriment on the part of your guests. When I was small my mother used to tell me that if Christmas was every day, it wouldn't be fun anymore. The same can be said of weddings. Continue reading Why I’m A Practical Bride Contest
So, it seems that we all needed to hear that our weddings don't need to strive for perfection
! The post I wrote last week was written mostly to remind myself that the standard being set for weddings is insane and unrealistic, and I needed to chill out, and let the pieces fall where they may. Whew! Well, talk about a big response. My inbox was flooded with "Mmmhummm! Preach it!" emails, along with the "Oh my god, I needed to hear that" emails. And then, everywhere I looked the post kept popping up again. Which is all well and good. If the only thing anyone remembered from this little blog was me saying "If you still believe in perfection, you are too young to get married," then I would be happy.
Since I started thinking of the delightful imperfection of both weddings and marriages, I've stumbled on some quotes on the subject that I loved. Lest we forget:"Love is an ideal thing, marriage is a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished." - Goethe"Nearly all marriages, even happy ones, are mistakes: in the sense that almost certainly (in a more perfect world, or even with a little more care in this very imperfect one) both partners might have found more suitable mates. But the real soulmate is the one you are actually married to." â€“ J.R.R. Tolkien Continue reading Imperfict Weddings II
I took me a little longer to pick the winners to the contest
then I’d expected because, well, there were 114 entries! You guys blew me away. So, drumroll please, the awards go to:
, who’s marriage to her partner won’t be legally recognized in DC:I'm a practical bride because I bought a power of attorney before I bought my shoes.
Cara, of Peonies and Polaroids
:I'm a practical bride because I really and truly hope that our wedding won't be the happiest day of our lives.Broke-ass Bride
:I'm a practical bride because I believe the day is only 'perfect' if we end up married. To each other. Continue reading Winners of the “Why I’m a Practical Bride” Contest
Every so often I get a email or a comment from a reader saying something like "Thanks for helping me keep my head on straight about weddings" (which makes my day each and every time), or "here are pictures of my amazingly kick-*ss wedding, I read your blog every day during the planning process" (really? MY blog? It helped you plan this amazingly beautiful and grounded shindig?) And then, every so often, I get emails that say "I don't know how you are so grounded when it comes to this wedding stuff. It's amazing." On that front, I need to come clean. I'm not *that* grounded and sane when it comes to wedding stuff. I'm relatively sane, sure, when you compare me to the absolutely insane, but I have my moments. Continue reading When Weddings Drive Us Mad
First of all, I owe you all a huge thank you. I was freaking out
about our Save The Dates recently, which is a nice way to say I was freaking out about wedding stress (how is it that even when you try not to stress about weddings, you stress about weddings?). You all were so supportive in the comments, sharing tales of stupid wedding fights, and crafty Save The Date ideas. A few of you emailed me your amazing Save The Dates, and gave me permission to share them. Here we go: Continue reading Practical Save The Dates