By the time you read this, my fiancé and I (and our families) will be less than 300 days from our wedding. I know that seems like a long time but, as any soon-to-be-married person can tell you, no amount of time seems like enough.
As engaged couples hear again and again: Don’t stress about your wedding – it’s all about you. And it is. It is your day to proclaim that you want to spend the rest of your life with the person standing next to you. However, it’s also the day when your families have to face the fact that they have to share you both with another family; it’s also the day that, for many of us, friends from various groups, along with your parents’ and your fiancé’s parents’ friends will be in one room, all together and forced to make small talk; and it’s also the day that everyone you know and love will judge you for the rest of your life.
That last one is a shocker, right? Not really. Think back on the weddings you’ve attended. You made at least one snarky comment to your significant other, friend or family member about the bridesmaids’ dresses or the food or the ceremony … We all do it, and when we do, don’t we all follow that up with, “I won’t do that at my wedding!”?
So, how does a person create the perfect day, one where no one will be able to make that sort of comment, with all the perfect details while staying the perfect couple with the perfect family? You don’t! It is just not possible. You have to create the perfect day for you – and that’s where this magazine comes in handy. We don’t have all the answers, but we do have some great locally sourced suggestions on everything from flowers to gifts and, yes, advice on those sticky situations. We are here to show you some of the most fabulous options available to you in this most fabulous city.
The picture above is from the magical engagement party that my parents threw for us in Dallas, Texas (my hometown). Though I had no hand in planning it (Thanks, Mom!), it was perfect; there were so many touches especially for us and, though most of the night was a blur for me, I remember being surrounded by people who loved me as well as every time I met his eyes across the room. Those moments were electric, and I remember thinking, “I’m lucky to spend the rest of my life with this man, knowing that these people love us enough to not only celebrate our commitment to each other, but also to be there for us when we’ll need them.”
And that’s what I want at my wedding.