From the Editor
It’s so easy to get caught up in the excitement of planning a wedding that we sometimes forget what the day—and a marriage—is really about.
True, your wedding day is one you’ll never want to forget—and you won’t. You want to look your best. You want the flowers to be beautiful. You want a reception that wows with delicious food, beautiful decor and pitch-perfect music. And you want to have fun.
My bride (the real planner of the family) kept that in mind when she planned our day, so we kept it loose: ceremony at 4 p.m., a champagne toast immediately after, dinner at 5 p.m. When everyone was ready to dance, the dancing would begin—and dance we did. A guest had to remind us there was a cake to cut.
We had two guiding principles: If we don’t make a plan, nothing can go wrong, and if we don’t expect perfection, we won’t be disappointed. The most important thing was the solemn promise Dina and I made to each other and ourselves—a lifetime of respect, devotion and affection—and sharing it with the people we love most.
The result was a wedding and reception so perfect, we could never have planned it. Our guests had fun. We had fun. Memories of the dancing may be a blur, but I’ll never forget taking those vows. All the planning in the world—all the wrapping you could put on the day—can’t change what the day is about.