For those of you that read Steve’s blog regularly, you’ll notice that I haven’t posted anything for a week since he handed over. You are aghast. I can hear you down the Interweb. I haven’t been a good girl, true, but I do have an excuse. I’m getting married in four weeks time and last week I was in a wedding preparation frenzy – suppliers to pay, last minute alterations to be made, gifts to be bought. It’s enough to make you want to sod off to Vegas and get it over with quickly at Elvis’ chapel of love – far cheaper, I’d imagine and more fun.
One of the most irritating things over the past week has been an inbox inundated with emails from wedding magazines I subscribed to over a year ago. They all remind me that I have four weeks to go and have I a) bought presents for the ushers and b) booked an appointment for a much needed eyebrow pluck. The answer to both is ‘no’.
I bought six wedding magazines when we first started planning, but soon realised they’re all the same. I could replace the titles of the magazines and you’d be non-the-wiser. There are features about how to lose weight, how to cope with your mother/father and other annoying distant relatives, where to go on honeymoon, how to plan a seating chart and make your own favours (I couldn’t think of anything more mind numbing). There are pages and pages devoted to wedding dresses that cost the earth and venues that would blow your annual salary. If I were to follow the recommendation and advice we could easily find ourselves spending in excess of £20k.
At the end of the day, wedding magazines are in this for the business and so, yes, they will inevitably scream ‘spend your money on this, you’ll have the most fabulous wedding and everyone will remember it for the rest of their lives.’ But, surely, there’s room for a bit more originality. I’d love to see a feature on how to help my dad structure his speech and lessen his nerves, or a piece about what makes a good marriage and how to keep love alive. Instead, I’ve had consistent excess and the same advice pushed at me, in difference
Interestingly, the wedding blogs I’ve seen are so much better. They feature advice from real people who want their wedding to be special and different, but which says ‘this is us’. I can absolutely http://www.rockmywedding.co.uk/”>http://www.rockmywedding.co.uk and http://www.stylemepretty.com for inspiration and ideas, but there are a million more out there. In fact, there’s a great list here http://bridetide.blogspot.com/2010/01/top-100-wedding-blogs-and-twitters-to.html
Just had message come through from one of those magazines again, apparently I need to get my teeth whitened this week…