I've been doing some thinking and I've come to the conclusion that everything a bride needs to know about wedding planning, she learned in kindergarten. All of these points are so completely basic, yet so completely applicable to wedding planning. Seriously, before you think that I am off my damn rocker, hear me out (or read me out for that matter). I've written a TON about perspective on BB, and it's really amazing how simple it can be. Just read below and you'll see that all you really need need to know about surviving wedding planning, bridey, you learned when you were five years old.
“These are the things I learned (in Kindergarten):
1. Share everything. Share the wedding planning responsibilies with your fiancé. Assign him (or her) wedding planning tasks that he will enjoy, and focus on your the tasks that are most important to you.
2. Play fair. Don't be a bitch. Don't make your bridesmaids wear ugly dresses. Don't be rude to your wedding vendors. Play fair, bridey!
3. Don't hit people. Bridey, I certainly hope that you won't go around hitting (or punching, biting or scratching) people, but some of your friends and family may feel like they got socked in the gut when your inner 'zilla sneaks out. So, keep that bitch tucked in, and keep your hands to yourself.
4. Put things back where you found them. Unless you've found "the dress". Bridey, don't take a chance or second guess yourself because it was the first one you found. If it isn't "the one", then please do put it back where you found it, but please don't take a chance that it'll will get sold out from under you simply because it was the first dress you tried on.
5. CLEAN UP YOUR OWN MESS. But first, try not to make one. But, if you do, then clean it up, bridey. Did you piss off your bestie because you were talking too much about the wedding? Then buy her a drink, and let her have the floor. Did you snap at your photographer for not emailing you back within five minutes? Then apologize and wait your turn. Trust me, your wedding planning will be that much more seamless if you clean up your own mess.
6. Don't take things that aren't yours. Bridey, if you didn't pay for it, then you can't have it. You can't have something if it isn't yours. If you want an additional layer of wedding cake, then you're going to have to pay for it. If you want to import particular flowers for your bouquet, then you're going to have to pay for it. You can't take things that aren't yours. You can only "take" them if you buy them. See what I mean? So don't take things that aren't yours.
7. Say you're SORRY when you HURT somebody. It's almost impossible to go through your wedding planning unscathed or without hurting somebody's feelings. The easiest way to get through it, bridey? Say you're sorry when your hurt somebody. Period. The end.
8. Wash your hands before you eat. Wash your hands before the food tasting. Wash your hands before the cake tasting. And make a concentrated effort to wash your hands of the bullshit. Do not allow yourself to get sucked into the webb of insanity during the wedding planning. Wash your hands of it...
9. Flush. Get rid of it. Start fresh, bridey. Flush your system of any ill feelings. Be it about your future family in law, skeletons of the past, etc. It's best to go into wedding planning with a clean slate. So flush it.
10. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. I know that most of you are on a mission to have a killer bod for that waltz down the aisle, but remember that every now and again, warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. Got it?
11. Live a balanced life - learn some and drink some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work everyday some. Remember to actually live your life as your are planning your wedding, bridey. It's so easy to get wrapped up in the craziness of the planning that you forget to enjoy the simpler things in life. Balance is key... So, crank your music, sing and dance like you don't care and lose yourself, bridey!
12. Take a nap every afternoon. I wish it was possible to nap everyday, but I'm a realist. The next closest thing to napping? Daydreaming. I do it all the time! Sometimes I do it for inspiration, sometimes I do it to take a mini break, and sometimes I do it to just check out for a few minutes... If you can take a nap, then knock yourself out! But, if you can't daydreaming feels quite FAB too!
13. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together. I mean... Again, it's so fucking basic... But, don't forget to do those small things that make such a huge difference in relationships. Hold hands! Right? SIMPLE! But, we forget sometimes... So stick together. Enjoy each other's company. Go on fun dates and pretend it's like the beginning of your relationship. Oh, and watch out for traffic! Don't want any accidents before the big day!
14. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Stryrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that. You are totally going to feel like this on the day of your wedding. Suddenly, the day you've been planning for so long is here, and it's incredible, and yet you really don't know how you pulled it off! Remember to enjoy it! Let it go! Be aware of wonder.
15. Goldfish and hamster and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we. So live your life! Do your best to truly enjoy every aspect of planning your wedding. Bring your favorite people with you to the "fun" appointments (the food anc cake tastings, wedding dress fittings, etc.). Make a day out of the big decisions, and then you'll reflect back on them fondly.
16. And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK.” Just like you looked for your fiancé. Keep your eyes open to what's happening around you. Remember, that even though you're getting married, everybody else has something going on in their life too. So stop, look and listen!
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