Thursday, June 14, 2012

An Ode To The Parents!

I was recently inspired by a client of mine to write this blog.  She was such a gracious reminder of how important parents can be to a wedding.  The parents of both the bride and groom are such an integral part of not only the wedding, but also the couple’s life together after the big day.  When you come across a mother or father who selflessly devote time, emotional and financial support to both the event and the children’s future-- it is truly inspiring.  This mother made sure that her daughter and future son-in-law were represented in every aspect of the wedding while also integrating such amazing personal touches-- there is no way this day will be soon forgotten!  The bride and groom were so thankful!  I forged a friendship with her that gave new breath to my job.  We are often so concerned with the dress, flowers, which vendors will be the best, etc., that we don’t have time to sit back and truly learn about the family and what is involved on their end.  I got that opportunity and am truly thankful for it.  

I also had the pleasure of planning a fabulous surprise bridal shower for an upcoming bride.  The family and their interactions were so amazing; it just became further confirmation of why I needed to write this blog.  Weddings can be very stressful on the family dynamics for many reasons and all too often we focus on the negative side of that.  It can also be a wonderful bonding experience where the bride and groom should thank their parents for their tireless support even before the big day!  

 Vendors like planners, caterers and designers may be the wedding’s support system for the big day, but the family is the backbone for the life after the wedding.  As a recent bride myself, I often had to remind myself to think past the excitement of the big day and to focus on the true meaning of what the wedding is-- a joining of two families and the creation of a new one!  Thank you to all of the past parents, sisters, brothers, and friends who have supported our wonderful brides and grooms!