I'm convinced that part of the stress of wedding planning comes from the feeling that it's a once in a lifetime (knock on wood) event. There's more pressure to get it right.
And in a lot of people's lives, bringing together massive amounts of your friends and family and throwing a damn good party probably is a once-in-a-lifetime event. How sad!
I think wedding planning would be less stressful and the world would be a better place if we brought together our friends and family (and neighbors) and threw damn good parties more often.
This Thursday, for example, Matt and I are hosting a potluck for our neighborhood. It will be a simple affair with board games and a deliciously eclectic menu (hooray for potlucks!). Maybe I'll make real macaroni and cheese...
And then I read about Jordyn's birthday party for a friend on the middle of a pier (you can read all about it on Oh Happy Day).
Now that's what I'm talking about. Original and meaningful parties to commemorate friendship and life! How inspiring.