There are two types of brides, in my opinion.

There are the brides who have dreamed of their big day since they were little and got to be a flower girl in their cousin’s wedding. For years, they have a Pinterest board dedicated to being a “Future Mrs. Fill-in-the-Blank,” strong opinions about color trends like “blush and bashful” (a Steel Magnolias reference for any fans out there), and a pre-selected list of bridesmaids that pushes 10 women, at least.

Then there are the brides—like I was.

In February 2014, my wonderful, now-husband got down on one knee on a random Wednesday night (yes, a Wednesday night) in front of the fridge (yes, the fridge) while I was in my pajamas (yes, pajamas—and they weren’t even cute pajamas) and asked me if I would spend the rest of my life with him. He said he wanted to do something a little more planned the following weekend but says he “just couldn’t wait” after returning from a secret trip to meet my dad and ask for his blessing in person.

All it took was one word from me, frumpy pajamas and all—and the race to the big day was on.

I knew we were going to have a normal-sized wedding, with all of the typical stuff…ceremony, flowers, cake, etc. But I had no idea where to start. And I didn’t have the slightest clue I would have to make so many decisions, back to back. Would I like anemones in my flower arrangements? Buttercream frosting or fondant? Elbow length or fingertip length veil?

What I love about this issue of Central Virginia Bridal Guide is we have ideas and advice for brides on both ends of the spectrum—from the overly curious to the utterly clueless.

You may already have a photographer and a list of shots you want him or her to get. But are you prepared to pose for the perfect picture? On page 22, we went straight to the experts to get their insight and what they wish brides knew ahead of time.
Plus, there are so many etiquette rules surrounding the wedding festivities; brides can sometimes feel like they aren’t measuring up. From the budget to the ceremony, a wedding planner shares some do’s and don’ts starting on page 19.

Then, we’re helping you transition from the big day to the rest of your life with a closer look at what comes after the “I Do.” Marriage counselors give five tips to help you navigate the first year, on pages 42-43.

So relax, if you can, as you flip through and get some pointers, advice and ideas. And when the planning gets stressful, try to think back to the moment you said “yes,” (even if you were wearing PJs) and think ahead to the years of happiness and love you two will share.

Congratulations!

Shelley Basinger, Managing Editor
Shelley@lynchburgmag.com

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