Tonight I received a picture message from my cousin. It was a picture of her hand with, you guessed it, a ring on her finger! (A very beautiful ring, I may add.) My adrenaline started pumping and I started freaking out. I was just so excited, you would have thought I had gotten proposed to (ha!).
Since I am sans biological sisters in my life, my cousin is the closest thing I have to a sister. As a late-twenty something, I know she has been waiting for this moment for a while, so I am just so thrilled for her. Not to mention I think the guy she's getting hitched to is simply perfect for her. :)
Now, all this wedding bliss got me thinking - not only about planning my cousin's wedding (when can we start?!) - but my own wedding. What do I want? Although I am a sucker for such TV shows as Say Yes to the Dress and Four Weddings (one of my faves), I usually don't give my own big day much thought. Probably because it's still way off in the future somewhere, but one time I remember I found my friend looking at wedding dresses "just because." When I asked her about it she said "Oh, I just do that when I'm bored. Don't you look at wedding dresses, or just look for things to plan your own wedding sometimes?" Um... no? Am I not normal or something?
So, obviously since I shared with you all that I have a healthy obsession with some wedding shows (Bridezillas, too, anyone?), I do have some opinions/ideas for my big day. Here, I would like to share some of those with you:
1.) Wedding Dress: I'm not particularly a fan of strapless dresses (is it going to fall down?!), so I think I will like a dress with a cap sleeve, or some other kind of strap. Recently, I saw an off-the-shoulder wedding dress and it was absolutely adorable. Also, I'm not a fan of big dresses - I don't want to take down small children as I walk across the room! Lastly, if you read my profile you know I love sparkly things so I'll definitely want some bling on my dress! Nothing overboard... just some dazzle. :)
2.) Cake: I used to always say my cake would be red velvet with cream cheese frosting. Still a very viable option, but I wouldn't doubt (depending on the bakery) I might fall in love with another flavor, too. With that said, the one thing I definitely know I want for my cake is a unique cake topper - I always thought a panda couple would be cute... but, overall, just nothing too traditional.
3.) A Candy Bar: Now I've seen these featured on several episodes of Four Weddings and I just love them. I think it's really cute to give guests a bag (preferably monogrammed) and let them create a goodie bag of sorts with all kinds of sweets!
4.) Flowers: Gerber daisies and roses are my two favorite types of flowers, so they definitely need to be incorporated!
5.) Lots of Personal Touches: Not only for my wedding, but for any wedding, I think personal touches are the most important part. From table names that correspond to important events for the couple, to something I saw recently where the couple actually had each of their guests design a patch for a quilt. Weddings aren't just a party; they symbolize the love and newfound unity of a couple, and I think the atmosphere should reflect that.
So, I guess I've given my future wedding more thought than I had previously thought. But what about you: Have you thought about your own wedding? Have you been to or saw a wedding that you were like "this has to be at mine, too"?