First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage
Marriage season is upon us. So in honor of that, I’d like to give a shout out to the author of Say “I Do” In a New York Minute: A Guide to Planning Your Big Apple Wedding. This blog post is selfishly promoting my own book. This is an absolute abuse of power and a shameless plug. This shout out is going directly to myself! A 2015 American Express survey indicated that 14 million people got engaged on Valentine’s Day. Seems like this trend isn’t going anywhere. But that doesn’t mean it has to be crazy.
Know What You Want
First of all, l wasn’t the typical bride. As a result, I had no interest in a long drawn out process. I refused to add stress and anxiety to the day. Right out of the gate, I knew what I wanted. Hubby was on the same page. I insisted on outdoors, no more than 50 guests, champagne only and Caribbean food. No bridesmaids, no dancers, no salmon, no thanks. It took me 33 days to plan my own wedding. As a result of this whirlwind experience, I decided to write a book.
Make It Iconic
We decided to get married the way we plan vacations. We look at a location on the map and then just go for it. One day we were hanging out making grilled cheese sandwiches and rolling around on the floor with our 2 year old and the next day we were scoping out penthouses and romantic locations in Central Park. I wanted my experience to be iconic, hence, we held our wedding in Central Park. Iconic is its middle name. While hubby did have some say in terms of the date and attire, I basically took control and created my version of happily ever after. I wrote the book for the newly engaged. And ultimately, I wrote it for the anxious. The ones who need a friend like me to walk them through the basics.
New York Minute
Planning a Big Apple wedding is about having a NY State of Mind because you don’t actually have to live in New York to appreciate the tips and guidelines offered in the book. Do you know why brides wear white? How did the tradition of both partners wearing rings start? After 18 months of research, I created a guide that is both humorous and informative. Our wedding was featured in the New York Times! Now that is iconic! If you happened to get engaged on the 14th or you think a proposal is on the way, just remember to consider the “New York Minute.” Have fun and laugh often. You want the marriage to last much longer than the time you spent planning it!