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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Wedding Planning as a Journey, not Just a Destination

This morning I was thinking about how much longer the wedding planning process is compared to the actual day.

I think the average engagement is something like 16 months (don't quote me on that). Let's say the average wedding is three days with the rehearsal dinner and the Sunday brunch.

Holy moly. That would mean that the actual wedding is 0.6% of the total time spent planning. (I did 30 days per month times 16 months = 480. Then I did 3 divided by 480 and multiplied it by 100 to get my percent.)

In general, I try to live according to the mantra that life is a journey and not a destination. When it comes to planning a wedding that will only be 0.6% of the total time spent planning it, this mantra is even more important. You need to enjoy the process!

Make your wedding planning fun. Figure out how to combat the stress. Make it a deeper, resonate expression of who you and your partner-to-be are.

Here's a quote that captures the same idea: "Life is not a dress rehearsal. Every day, you should have at least one exquisite moment." --Sally Karioth

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AmyJean said...

I totally agree... its what i tell my friends... "this should be a fun time, and i refuse to not let it be!"

Great post!

Bailee's Bride said...

This is a very timely post. I need to remember this!!!

Andi Pandi said...

I totally agree with this! Think about the fun people you're meeting, the new experiences you're having, the food you're tasting! When I'm starting to plan, I want to try & jot down something good everyday that happened during the journey.

NotQuiteaBride said...

Oh darling Sara, if you would travel to GA I will 100% be honored to have you at our wedding! How awesome would that be?!?!

Nanook said...

I'm 100% behind this post. I've loved every minute that my fiancé and I have spent sharing our visions for the wedding.

It's everything else that I need to get a grip on. The stress and the people that bring us down can take a hike!

Ashlentina said...

our entire relationship/wedding/college philosophy has been also surrounding this concept, so i love to hear a new perspective on it. our email save-the-dates read "the journey is the reward." that's a tao proverb that we really likened to.

thanks so much for your level-headedness and commitment to reason. : )

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