The above picture was my response to a text message stating "I'm guess that you weren't one of those girls who pinned a pillow case to her head and pretended to be a bride as a child."
I realize that when talking about weddings I often come off as a jerk insulting everyone I know. Honestly, I don't mean to. It just so happens that my personal philosophy is that weddings are a waste of time and money. It's my opinion I'm not judging you, I'm just saying it's not for me. If I stroll into a court house and give them $30 I am just as married as someone who threw a $100,000 wedding so why should I put in all that time, money and effort?
That being said I've already had to swear to my mother that I will not elope. This is a shame because I have a really great secret pinterest board full of really fun elopement destinations and ideas.
I love my mother to death but if it was just her request I'd probably still be eloping. However, it takes two to tango and I'm not the only one getting married, The Beef gets a say too. He doesn't want to start our married life together with sulking parents and has been looking forward to celebrating with friends.
Also, there's the small fact that I have 14 wedding planners who only take payments of alcohol and cupcakes that are dying to provide their services.
Marriage is about give and take so this wedding business has proven to be a very good exercise in just that philosophy.
My dream wedding would be to hop on a cruise ship for a fabulous vacation and just so happen to get hitched while in between shore excursions and then go about my vacation business.
Compromise: Kick ass cruise honeymoon.
My dream wedding would have no one but those legally necessary looking at me because I absolutely loath being the center of attention.
Compromise: A limited gathering of our nearest and dearest to celebrate what should be the quickest "ceremony" legally allowed. Which basically turns the even into a social gathering where we happened to get married.
See where I'm going with all of this? As I said to my father "we want to make as little of a deal out of this as possible." That's my philosophy. I don't want to have to stress over anything. No fuss no muss, no pomp and circumstance. Just friends and fun. And potato salad. Boom.