A crash course into wedding planning has taught me a few important lessons: I have WAY too many important people in my life, New York City is even more expensive than I already thought I knew it was, and once you get over the initial hump of overwhelming stress, thinking about all the quirks and details that can represent your relationship and future in a day of celebration is a lot of fun. I'm just going to pretend that narrowing down our original 250-person guest list to 140 seats is not a point of stress, (do you even know how quickly 140-spots disappear? Start making a mental list) for the sake of talking about the exciting parts.
I can't wait to try on dresses and receive invitation samples and work with a florist on getting the perfect arrangements and bouquets together and think of a cute (and probably predictable) engagement shoot with our photographer and watch Ali get fitted for a suit (psst, Bindle & Keep specializes in creating amazing menswear for female bodies). And I'm really look forward to planning our honeymoon! Somewhere tropical? Or a string of design-centric European cities (Stockholm! Copenhagen! Helsinki!)? The Amalfi Coast? Road Trip USA?! The possibilities are endless, the hysteria is avoidable, and my god is it a good mental distraction when you're snowed in.
My one and only mini-rant at this point, and I'd be doing a disservice to myself not to mention it, is the complete dearth of quality LGBT content in most mainstream wedding resources. Also, how hard is it to change "groom" to "spouse-to-be" or "partner" or anything else besides groom/husband/yo' man/etc? A tiny change in the language we all use could make a really big difference in how we approach marriage. Yes, I'm looking at you, Lauren Conrad. It's 2014. There are a whole lot of different kinds of weddings!