I’ve been engaged for a week now. Although I am incredibly excited to marry the love of my life, I am terrified at the prospect of planning a wedding. I’ve never had to plan an event! How do you choose who to invite? How do you go about setting a budget? Most girls dream about their wedding growing up, but for whatever reason, I never did. Most women around my age have their dream wedding completely planned out on Pinterest. Me, on the other hand? I still don’t even completely know how to correctly ‘pin’ something on the site. So, this week when I was thinking about what I could possibly spend time researching and learning about for the independent learning project, I had a moment of eureka. I’m going to spend time each week finding out what I need to start doing in order to plan my wedding. I want to find out what sort of timeline should I follow, how to decide how to choose a venue, when I should get married, what sort of wedding dress looks best on my body type, and anything else I need to know before the big day.
There are a couple of particular reasons why I’m excited about choosing this topic for my learning project. The first is that I know that since it is an assignment, I’ll actually do it. This probably says a lot about me, but if I didn’t choose this as the topic, I would set a date and then never plan anything else. My wedding would be a week away and I still wouldn’t have gone wedding dress shopping. I’m not a procrastinator (well … not that bad of one anyway). Here’s the thing, though: I’m not really looking forward to having an actual wedding, so I’d put off learning how to plan one and implementing what I would learn until it was almost too late. I think that having a crowd of people’s eyes on me sounds nerve-racking, being responsible for then feeding all of those people sounds anxiety-inducing, and ensuring that all of those people are having at least an okay time will cause me to have a panic attack. However, knowing that the name of academia is at risk if I don’t spend several hours each week researching and then writing posts about how to plan a wedding, I will go above and beyond my own expectations.
The other reason why I am excited about choosing this topic for my project is the wonderful record keeping I will have after it is all said and done. By blogging about what I find out and what decisions I make, I will have quick and easy access to my thoughts on my future wedding. It will be a great reference when I inevitably forget how far in advance I need to decide on my bridesmaid dresses or what exact flowers I want in my bouquet. And, best yet, I can get advice and comments from all of you wonderful people who have gone through what I am about to or who have any neat wedding-related ideas. So, if you have any cool resources you can hook me up with or any sage advice, please leave comments!
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