Hot Bride Award: The Acceptance Speech
The other day, I was informed that my friend Peach Bride had been nominated for a Hot Bride Award by HelperOfTheBride. However, part of the award acceptance speech includes 7 more nominations for other Hot Brides who will give away helpful advice to other brides. Peach Bride temporarily bonked her head and happened to nominate me in addition to the 6 other amazing ladies.
In order to properly receive this award, I’m supposed to give 7 pieces of advice, as well as nominate 7 other brides who I’m positive are far more deserving than I! So, uh, here goes:
1.) You can save money for your wedding, but don’t forget to buy the groceries and pay your rent. Basically, don’t starve yourself and go poor on your drinking buddies just because you’re getting married. You should not go broke for just one day of your life. Spend a chunk of change, sure, but not your life savings. Every Hot Bride needs a margarita or 6 after they get engaged (especially the days leading up to!).
2.) Hate to admit it, but compromise is key. It might be your wedding day, but just to remind some of you brides, it’s your partner’s day, too. Chances are they should get at least an opinion or two in before making it official. It’s only fair. Or something like that. From what I’m reminded of from time to time.
3.) Keep your sense of humor about you. This day, while understandably stressful, is not going to be the last day of your life if the flowers are late, the DJ plays that damn Electric Slide 3 times (though if you need to kill him, I understand and support you), or your groomsmen get a little rowdy by the open bar. It’s going to happen. Just roll with the punches. Laugh. Your pictures will look really amazing, even if the backstory is you’re just laughing to keep from killing your brother-in-law.
4.) Don’t like heels? Hate the treadmill? Have spent your entire life avoiding curling iron scars? That’s cool. Don’t go changin’ just because you’re wearing a big dress. I trip in heels, prefer to snack while on the treadmill, and am as logical about my ponytails as my mother is about her finances. It’s never going to change and I’m not going to force myself to be something I’m not on a day you should glow from love rather than foundation. Make sure not to lose yourself in the midst of “tradition.”
5.) Your groomsmen will tease you about taking the fiancee out to the strip club and your maid of honor will dig her heels in at anything involving the word “wedding.” Take a deep breath, count to three, give the guys a dirty look, and tell your girl to suck it up. Then remind them about the open bar reception in exchange for happy, smiling pictures. They’ll do it because they love you. And free booze.
6.) Dream weddings don’t have to be crazy expensive. Budget wisely and remember you have a life to live after you get back from Honeymoon Central. Be practical about what you’re spending. No one, I repeat NO ONE, needs live doves released as you get into the pumpkin carriage. You probably want a house or new car or kids sometime down the road if you don’t have one already. That stuff needs your love (and money) long after the doves have flown south.
7.) Don’t get wrapped up in tradition just because you feel like it’s what everyone expects. It’s your wedding and you should do it however you want. Make sure you’re happy with it. No one else has to live with the pictures, leftovers, or bills once it’s over. As long as you and your partner are comfortable and happy, well, that seems pretty self-explanatory. Yes, it’s a wedding. But you’re also entering a marriage.
So! Hear that drumroll? Here are 7 hot ladies who should totally be nominated (and sure, some of them are married ladies, but that means their advice has got to be better than mine!):
1.) Cindy @cindykrenek
2.) Jenn @wordaddict914
3.) Amanda @swoonoverit
4.) Hana @hanaabaza
5.) Jen @ohsoglam
6.) Tori @torriiii
7.) Lizzie @TenThouBride
Thanks again, Jennifer. Next up, our acceptance speeches for our Emmys! 😉
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