Multiple dresses, cookies galore and other wedding planning tidbits

December 17, 2009 – Most brides seem to enjoy the shopping for a wedding dress and having that “eureka” moment when they find the right dress. However, according to a recent article in the New York Times, there’s a trend among some brides who buy multiple wedding dresses in their search for the right dress … and we’re not talking cheap dresses (some of them in the thousands of dollars).

I’m not sure what this says about our culture or the people who buy multiple wedding dresses, but there are definitely two sides to this argument. On the one hand, why buy multiple dresses (and expensive ones at that) when you can always shop and compare and when you will only be wearing the dress for 1 day of your life? On the other hand, even though you only wear the dress for 1 day, the photos taken on that day and the memories made on that day will be with you your entire life, so you certainly should really like and enjoy what you wore on your wedding day. In the end, it really comes down to your priorities and what makes you happy, and I guess if you want to buy 5 dresses before you choose one of them and then sell off the rest, that that’s your God-given right and it’s your money.

In another event planning tidbit from the New York Times was an article on how Pittsburgh brides and grooms go whole hog on providing impressive tables of cookies for their weddings. I’ve been to a Pittsburgh wedding or two, and I can attest that the cookie spreads are very impressive and full of fantastic cookies made from handed-down recipes from many of the residents European forebears. Any Pittsburgh event planner is probably used to arranging for a cookie table, and I think this is a great regional tradition. However, I also discovered at those western PA weddings that the Electric Slide is also a huge Pittsburgh wedding tradition (which probably makes many event planners blanch). All great fun, and very interesting how certain areas of the country have their own wedding traditions (like the groom’s cake in the South).