If you do it right, planning a wedding can be a lot of fun. I know I certainly had fun planning a big party for my friends and family.
I wonder, though, why we tend to save the big parties (the ones that require a lot of planning) for our weddings. Why not have other big parties throughout our lives?
I, for one, am a big fan of birthday parties.
Here are two examples of big birthday parties I planned for myself (narcissistic, I know)--both of which involved a couple out-of-town guests flying in for the weekend:
(1) Being the Change Birthday Blowout
My friends and I split into teams of 4-5 and drove all around Houston for a random acts of kindness scavenger hunt. Some of the items on the list:
- Buy a bouquet and deliver it to someone in the hospital
- Help people unload their carts at the grocery check-out counter
- Give a candy bar to a security guard on duty
- Play with someone's dog
(2) Weekend Mountain Getaway
My friends and I drove into the mountains of Colorado in February and spent the weekend at a YMCA. We rented out an entire house and basically had a giant sleepover. Our agenda included: playing board games, watching movies, cross-country skiing, swimming (indoors, of course), and snow-shoeing. We even played cheesy party games to compete for glory and prizes.
Maybe if we hosted more big parties, weddings wouldn't be as stressful. They wouldn't feel as high stakes. And we'd have more practice and experience with planning.
It's just a thought.