It’s funny how I keep forgetting that I am engaged now. Since we have been together so long and have three kids it’s not like it’s really on the top of my priority list. Still, I realize that at some point I am going to have to figure out this wedding thing.
We have discussed eloping to Vegas, a small local ceremony and everything in between. Right now I am so lost and confused as to what I want out of my wedding I have just been avoiding the issue all together. That’s when I realized I would actually rather give birth again than plan this wedding! Here’s why:
1. At least after going through all the hard work of pregnancy and labour you have a baby to show for it. After the wedding I won’t have anything but some hazy memories and wedding pictures.
2. Healthcare in Ontario is free so it’s a heck of a lot cheaper to deliver a baby than it is to pay for a wedding.
3. When you are pregnant it’s all about you. People are nice to you, sympathize with what you are going through, and you get to decide what kind of delivery you want. So far it seems like this wedding is about everyone else BUT me, even though I am supposed to be the bride.
4. Yes, labour hurts like hell, but there’s medication for that. There is no magic needle to alleviate the stress of planning a wedding.
5. You get lots of gifts whether you are having a baby or a wedding. At least usually the baby items are at least things you can use.
6. Being pregnant you look great, have a glow, and get to eat what you want for nine months because you are eating for two. With an impending wedding you are worried to do anything to your appearance that might ruin your wedding photos, not to mention you want to be slim, fit and sexy in that wedding dress even if it means living on coffee and nicotine.
7. After giving birth you get a year off work to be with your baby. I doubt I will get any time off after getting married, but why would I want to spend time with my husband anyway?
8. After you give birth lots of people come to visit you. They bring you food and drink and well wishes. You are not responsible for planning a seating arrangement for them, and paying for a four-course meal and open bar.
9. People have pretty realistic expectations of you during labour and delivery. Your goal is pretty much to get through it as best you can. At a wedding on the other hand, you choose the wrong type of flowers, gown, or table cloths and you can be sure there will be snickering from someone.
10. Religion has nothing to do with giving birth (other than you might be screaming the lord’s name in pain during those contractions).
Okay. That’s enough wedding talk, my head is already spinning!
Share your thoughts. If you planned a wedding how did you cope with it? Any advice?