Wedding Planning Stress


Post by Kate Smith; WedPics Blogger

“No, I’m not stressed at all.”

Famous last words, right? The thing is, I really wasn’t stressed. Not in the least. We’ve had everything under control all along. We’re doing our wedding very simply, at a hotel, where they take care of almost all the details. All we had to do was sit down with them, look over the packages, and basically check off this box, this box and this box. That’s the way I wanted it all. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’ve done this before. I’ve done the “every single detail my way” wedding, and I didn’t want that this time. I wanted us to be able to relax and enjoy it.

So, what’s that old saying about the “best laid plans”?

Everything was fine until about two and a half weeks before the wedding. That’s when things started to unravel. First, the song I had chosen for my friend to sing as I walk down the aisle came back from the company I’d paid to remove the lead vocals… and it sounded horrible. Like glorified elevator music. I ended up redoing it myself, with music editing software and some help from my favorite karaoke DJ. It was frustrating, but I told myself that everything was all right; it was a minor glitch and it all worked out.

The next day, though, I really had the rug pulled out from under me. The wedding cake was included in our package through the hotel – all we’d had to do was go for a tasting, choose our flavors and tell them what we wanted the cake to look like. We’d done that MONTHS ago. I even brought them picture of cakes I’d found online. Now, with just over two weeks left, my fiancé decided that he wanted a groom’s cake after all. We’d talked about it early in the planning process but had never made a final decision, and I’d forgotten all about it. But that was fine; I knew I could get it done. I called the bakery right away to ask about adding a second cake to our order. Just one problem: there was no order. I don’t know how it happened, but somehow the order was never officially written up after our tasting, and they had no record for us. I zoomed over to the bakery with the pictures and the flavors and placed the order, and they have assured me that both cakes will be ready and accounted for on our wedding day. Still, I break out in a cold sweat every time I wonder what would have happened if my fiancé hadn’t decided to get a groom’s cake…

I know that these things aren’t huge crises; we’ve all heard the horror stories about the bride who had her dress stolen out of her trunk, and all the weddings that were ruined by hurricanes or other disasters. My little problems pale in comparison. But I can’t help starting to freak out now that my relaxed, stress-free wedding bubble has burst. My wedding is just ten days away – I’m crossing my fingers that nothing else will go wrong. And my toes. Hmm…maybe I’d better go braid my hair. Just to be safe.

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