1. What??? A DRY wedding reception. At a church?

2. My super conservative side of the family asking me if I’ve found Jesus.

3. It’s forcing me to drive to the northern midwest. In March. There’s probably still snow on the ground.

4. What??? A DRY wedding reception?

5. Family members asking me for the upmteenth time why I’m not married yet. “Aren’t you turning 29 this year?”

6. Related: I’ll no doubt be one of two women shuffled onto the dance floor to try to catch the bouquet. The other will be 18 years old.

7. The bride was hospitalized this week with kidney stones. It doesn’t bode well for a good party, but I’m hoping she feels better!

I’m a glass is half full kind of girl — even if that glass is short on the Captain Morgan — so here are a few bright sides to my cousin’s nuptials this weekend:

1. I get to see my adorable nieces and nephew.

2. I get a long weekend away from my job.

3. Kevin will finally get to meet my two older brothers. Now THAT is more than worth the price of admission.


The other day, a friend of mine asked me when Kevin and I will get engaged.

Actually, he asked if Kevin and I were “talking,” and pretended to wiggle a ring on his left finger.

Sure, we’ve been talking. And at this month of the year, it’s hard not to think about. Because now is the time of year when cute proposals hit the news.

You know, the guy who proposes at a sports game on the scoreboard. The guy who pops the question in a comic book.

We’ve all seen or heard of odd proposals. And usually the girls says, “Yes.” But what you don’t see is that later, she’s a bit bummed about the story. Remember, it’s a story you both will be asked to tell many times — even decades later. “How did he pop the question?”

And don’t forget, some women have been dreaming of this moment their entire lives. So guys, here is a how-to list to make sure your engagement story lives up to fairy tale expectations :

1. Avoid the scoreboard. First of all, guys, those can go horribly wrong. Just look at these videos on Huffington Post. (Though some appear to be commercials for a jeweler.)

A guy proposed on Valentine’s Day Sunday at a Rangers’ game and the woman just walked away. Turns out it was a hoax. But would you want the public humiliation if she says, “No”? Plus, I’m just one woman, but sharing one of the biggest moments of my life with 70,000 of my closest friendly strangers does not make good romance.

2. Set the mood. Speaking of romance, think like a chick flick for a moment. Sure, it’s not fair that producers in Hollywood have come up with all these fake movie moments against which you will be judged. But now that they’re out there, at least try for something special. Flowers, candles or twinkle lights,  music — figure out how to create a special scene and feeling. Watch a few movies and jewelry commercials if it helps.

3. As any real estate agent will tell you, Location Location Location. This will vary depending on your fiancee-to-be of course. But you can’t go wrong with a place that has some meaning to the two of you. The place you met, or where you went on your first date, had your first kiss, said, “I love you” for the first time.” You get the idea. It can even be at home, if you set the mood right (see No. 2). (more…)


By Elvissa

DING! They’re everywhere. I can’t escape.DONG! Two coworkers, talking about their upcoming nuptuals.DING! Watching “I Love You, Man” with Kevin.

DONG! My mom calls to tell me my cousin is getting married in March, and would I please make note and it’d be great if Kevin could be there to meet everyone.DING! He tells me that his mom mom commented that she thinks we’re going to get married.

Weddings seem to be all around me right now.

Yes, I’d like to get married. But sheesh, why is the universe all over me about it? I bring conversations up lately with Kevin and somehow the topic creeps into coversation. I really don’t want him to think I’m psycho wedding girl.

I’ve never given that much thought to my wedding – flowers, gowns, location, blah blah blah. Who really cares about all that when you don’t have a many to marry? Then again, I had a girlfriend in high school who had every detail of her wedding planned by 17 — complete with a fat book stuffed with pictures, a garter, the whole shebang. EEK.

On the other hand, I have given a lot thought to what kind of man I’d marry.  So, the other day, I was organizing some old e-mail folders, when I run across this NY Times article I’d saved about the “key” questions you should ask before you get married.

What’s odd is, after watching “I Love You, Man” the other night, Kevin mentioned something along these lines. DING DONG! Jeez, Universe, I get it. Now bugger off!

The experts say before the ding dongs are ringing in your neighborhood, you should run through this list. (more…)