You swore you’d be a calm bride-to-be. No confrontations with bridesmaids, emotional outbreaks, or obsessive-compulsive behavior that would alarm your future in-laws.
So why are things like favors and seating charts turning you psycho? It’s time to brush up on some pre-wedding promises. Like the one that says you won’t allow the planning to outshine the importance of your day. (It’s about the marriage, not the wedding, silly.) Time to rekindle your vows.
Vow No. 1 — Wedding Planner
I, (name), take you, Todd Fiscus, to be my trusted decorating ambassador. I give you somewhat-free rein to plan my entire wedding, which you will make a truly spectacular event (1444 Oak Lawn Avenue, suite 206; 214-749-0400).
Vow No. 2 — Florist
I, (name), give you, Chris Brown, the freedom to create bold and exquisite floral arrangements. With an event like Jessica Simpson’s birthday bash under your belt, I will trust that you have the same or more style know-how than I do (214-564-2411; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Vow No. 3 — Invitations
Together with Tara Jones Calligraphy, I, (name), will be sane about paper products. I promise not to deter the designer from offering her labor-intensive, elaborately hand-written invitations to other equally sensitive brides with my absurd requests or hysterics (214-724-0545; email@example.com).
Vow No. 4 — Caterer
With this check, I, (name), know Wendy Krispin will not serve dishes that give my guests food poisoning but will ensure happy bellies with a three-course seated dinner or unique stations like avocado, stir fry, and caviar bars (1025 North Stemmons Freeway; 214-748-5559; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Vow No. 5 — The Cake
I, (name), am going to celebrate the end of this crazy diet with a dream cake that brilliantly mimics all the details of my wedding dress by Fancy Cakes by Lauren (11111 D North Central Expressway; 214-828-9030).
Vow No. 6 — Photographer
I, (name), give thee, Brooke James, permission to photograph me and other aspects of my wedding (917-304-2793; email@example.com). More importantly, I will not get lazy about ordering pictures, because I want have a sleek coffee table book-style wedding album by Edmonson Studios (7628 Brownley Place, Plano; 972-208-0215).
Vow No. 7 — Music
I, (name), will not rush from ceremony to reception because I know Jazmin & Face Collective (a.k.a. the Phonophreaks) will keep my guests dazzled with their unique blend of Latin- and jazz-styled musicians and DJ (Phonophreaks Music, 6815 Trammel Drive; 214-478-8009).
Vow No. 8 — The Gown
I, (name), will forsake poofy sleeves and ruffles for the refined offerings at LuLu’s Bridal Boutique (2728 Routh Street; 214-871-9610). But I’ll also try resale shop Puttin’ on the Ritz (6621 Snider Plaza, University Park; 214-369-4015), because any couture dress will be (almost) one-of-a-kind.
Vow No. 9 — The Bridesmaids
I, (name), respect the members of my bridal party and will send them to Leticia Olivo (5822 Worth Street; 214-515-9231) for customized frocks in the color of my choice, or to Maids by Michelle (The Shops at Legacy, 7201 Bishop Road, Plano; 972-781-0020) for endless options. For gifts that they’ll actually use, I’ll give personalized Taköhl Treasure Rings. And to make sure they’re relaxed, I’ll throw in a JellyBath tub soak.
Vow No. 10 — The Honeymoon
I, (name), understand that planning the perfect wedding and honeymoon can cause severe panic attacks. So I’ll hand all the preparations over to the calm people at Moonrings Honeymoons, who will customize a heavenly trip.
Vow No. 11 — Pre-Wedding Jitters
I, (name), refuse to endure any more anxiety the night before my big day. Which means I will check myself and my attendants into The Bridal Sweet and relax with cocktails, chocolates, and games (4845 Swiss Avenue, suite 104; 214-887-0543).
Vow No. 12 — Groom
I (name), pledge, to thee, (name of groom), that I will love this day — and you — forever.