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Everyone’s a Wedding Planner! (Except Me.)

Everyone’s a Wedding Planner! (Except Me.)

Planning proceeds apace! And I’ve uncovered another home truth in the course of my preparations. Ready?

First, settle in with your improbably sized chalice.
First, settle in with your improbably sized chalice.

Violet on Orange Wedding Planning Truism #2: After you get engaged, all your female (and some male) married friends will kindly offer to help plan your wedding.

Corollary 1: The very act of having written, directed and starred in A Nuptial Production of any scale has qualified said scribe/auteur/starlet (i.e., the bride) to speak with alarming authority on issues including, but by no means limited to: linen rentals, event insurance, dress bustling, etc. Prior to her engagement/wedding, these issues were never on her radar.

By now, she’s undergone a rigorous indoctrination that has left her with enough specialized savvy to obtain a postgraduate degree. But she does not get to be called “Doctor.” Nor does she get to apply this information again. (*Knock wood!*) (Unless she wants to become an Elizabeth Taylor.) (That is, Elizabeth Taylor avant her 8th marriage, and prior to the dotage-induced dottiness.)

This is a 2007 Associated Press video showing Elizabeth Taylor’s response to being asked whether she had married her (purportedly gay) companion Jason Winters:

This is a 2007 AP video showing Elizabeth Taylor's response to being asked whether she had married her companion Jason Winters. When I worked at Entertainment Tonight, my fellow PAs and I would 1) scream this entire exchange at each other across the soundstage, 2) edit the clip randomly into raw footage of unrelated Z-list red carpet arrivals. Classic.
When I worked at Entertainment Tonight, my fellow PAs and I would 1) regularly scream this entire exchange at each other across the soundstage, and 2) edit the clip randomly into raw footage of unrelated Z-list red carpet arrivals. Classic.

Corollary 2: Take your friends up on their kind offers to help!

Lots of people have sweetly volunteered things and/or offered all kinds of advice about everything from wedding to marriage to childbirth (OMG, yes, I want to go natural and no episiotomy!). Please keep all of this coming!



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