Once I hit my "mid-twenties," these announcements trickled in slowly, and then, all at once. Sometimes it seems like not a week goes by where I don't hear about someone I know getting engaged and/or married.
The need to make one day memorable has resulted in dress purchases that rival down payments on a car and a catering bill that can easily run into the thousands. One of the most cited reasons for divorce is money woes, which makes this pricey wedding-planning process quite ironic.
What can Amber Heard expect from Depp after a divorce, three engagements, and a long term relationship that produced two children without resulting in marriage? Will she be the one to break the serial engagement spell?
When people fall in love they usually want to jump in and make the marriage commitment. They generally believe wholeheartedly that what they feel now will never change and they don't anticipate what will happen after a few years of marriage.
Never, not once, in my four years of prerequiste classes did anyone sit me down and give me the birds and the bees lecture that just a few minutes after my mommy framed my diploma, all my compadres would jump ship and get engaged.
I imagine it's a pretty great feeling when someone you want to marry actually asks you to marry him. And I'm truly happy for my friends who are entering into a lifetime of monogamy with the ones they love. But some of these statuses have to be addressed.
My observations have allowed me to identify three mistakes most brides make when planning their weddings. Our job as planners is to stop them when they start heading in the wrong direction and give them the tools they need to avoid the following pitfalls.
In order to spread the exciting news forget the phone chain that your mom is planning and create a wedding website filled with all the information you're dying to share and your guests can't wait to read -- like how much of a discount you can get them at the hotel?
If you're engaged, then surely you are surrounded by checklists telling you how to tackle the massive task of planning a wedding. But here's what you might be missing: The bridal checklist for staying emotionally sane and conflict-free as you plan your wedding.