|By Chris Maza|
Reminder Assistant Editor
As my fiancée, Eileen, and I have been navigating our way through all of the details that go with planning a wedding, I have found a great number of people I know who have either recently gotten married or are also in the preparation stages have asked the same question: "Isn't wedding planning so hard?"
To be truthful, the answer to that question, now less than six months away from the wedding, has been a fairly resounding, "No."
Over the past few months, I have been marveling over how easy the process has been for us to this point and really have been wondering why others have had so much difficulty.
Now, to be fair to myself, I will dispel the idea that all of you have in your head that it's easy for me, because I'm sitting back and watching my fianc do all the work. Yes, I am tooting my own horn here, but I have been very engaged in the wedding planning, all the way down to helping determine what we're doing for centerpieces at the reception. Eventually, what made our planning so easy compared to so many others dawned on me and now I will impart that wisdom on to all who are planning their special day.
Be decisive. It's simple, but it's the key. Eileen knew which dress she wanted after trying on three. We hired the second photographer we interviewed. We signed a contract with the third banquet hall we talked to. Our D.J. is the first one we met with.
Now, part of this success was the fact that we took the time to do research on and read reviews of the places and people before we actually had any appointments. But more importantly, we had had discussions in advance and decided on certain criteria, including budget. From there, once we saw something that we both liked, we made a decision. What's more, once we made our decision, we stuck to it.
No one knows what you like better than you, so if your gut is telling you something, you should go for it. There's a reason that it was appealing to you in the first place, wasn't it?
It's always a bit enticing to try and see what else is out there. You might think, "Yes, we like this, but what if there's something better out there?"
But what if there isn't? Or what if there is, but it takes you forever to find it? Your first instinct, more often than not, is the right one. If when you see something and think, "That's it!" Don't allow yourself to deviate from that.
It's the simplest of concepts and certainly does not sound the most romantic when you spell it out. Just decide.
Decide on a budget. Decide on what you are looking for before you go searching for it. Decide how you want to go about your search. And once you find something you like and want, decide to stick with it.
Indecision is your enemy more than anything else. It can be the difference between ripping your hair out and being stressed about what should be a very special time in your life and enjoying and having fun with the process of figuring out the details of how the two of you are going to pledge your lives to each other.
(ARA) If you're planning a bridal shower, you want to make it a relaxing, fun time for everyone and right at the center of the fun is good food. If you're feeling anxious about what to serve and how to get it prepared especially with everyone nowadays paying so much attention to what they eat relax. You can serve delicious and healthy food without hiring a professional chef or spending a week in the kitchen.
Here are some time-saving tips and recipes from the Simply Organic test kitchen to help you get the food under control and host a simple but sensational shower for the bride.
Spicy Chicken Dip
3 cups cooked and finely diced chicken
1/4 cup low fat yogurt
4 finely diced Roma tomatoes (approximately 2 cups)
1 package Simply Organic Guacamole Dip Mix
1/2 cup shredded cheese
2 tablespoons finely diced jalapeños
In a large mixing bowl, stir chicken and yogurt together. Add tomatoes and Guacamole Dip Mix; stir. Blend in shredded cheese and jalapeños. Refrigerate.
Chef Suggestions: Serve chilled with chips or crackers. For a less spicy version, substitute green olives for jalapeños.
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