Ever since I was young, I imagined what my wedding day would be like. Not just about who I would marry, but all of the details of the day.
I imagined what my dress would look like, what kind of flowers the girls would carry, how the reception hall would be decorated...everything measured up perfectly in my mind.
I've always been an organized, detail-oriented and creative person. So when my fianc proposed roughly four months ago I approached our engagement and wedding preparations cool and confidant " for about a week.
All of a sudden it sunk in just how much time, energy and resources go into the one day of announcing and enriching a couples' commitment to each other.
Of course a marriage is a lifetime of those days. But for the majority of young couples, the wedding planning and excitement of the engagement consumes them to the point that all they can think about his how this one day of their lives is going to unravel before them.
The struggle for me is not in finding the balance between what is really important and what isn't. I know that our guests are not going to remember what types of flowers were in the centerpieces or if the linens coordinated perfectly.
My struggle is in living up to my childish fantasies and how they have changed over the years.
What were once dreams of satin and roses morphed into dreams of a man of God to walk beside me through this life.
And now, even those dreams have become a reality.
My wish for all young brides (and grooms) is to allow themselves to be wrapped up in the moments of excitement and details of their engagement, mostly because it goes by so quickly, however, let the details not be in the extravagance of the day. Rather let them be in what your lives will be like together.