Today I went to the Bridal Fair at the Grand Sierra Resort. This was the first time that I had been to a bridal fair as more than just a supportive bridesmaid.
I can now attest that as an actual bride-to-be you are treated far better. When I went with my friend Rachel before she got married I was treated like a useless human being the second I admitted that I wasn’t getting married anytime soon.The vendors would quickly try to move me out of the way so the deserving brides could get the best coupons.
There was a bountiful ballroom full of bridal vendors. Photographers, cake makers, every casino and golf course in town, DJs, flowers, videographers, and bridal shops hawked their wares as if each one could make my wedding day unique and beautiful.
It is easy to see why the wedding industry does so well. The promise of happily ever after means the perfect color scheme, dress, ring, flowers, food, cake, champagne, etc. I can now see how easy it is to become Bridezilla. To want the perfect day. As I move forward in the wedding planning process I’m reminding myself more and more that this isn’t just about the wedding day.
I’ve been lucky to find a man that I feel was created just for me. I’m lucky that this man feels the same way about me and that we will have the chance to spend our lives together – building a home, a family, and many memories. So whether we have the wedding we are dreaming of or we run down to City Hall, that’s what this is all about. Not a color scheme or a dress or cake.
I’ve got to give props to the aforementioned Rachel. She will be one of my bridesmaids and today returned the wedding fair favor by accompanying me and playing defense against some of the vendors. She’s a champ and her efforts were much appreciated. No one should face a wedding fair alone. No one.