Most that know me would not be surprised by the fact that I will be a non traditional bride. Always a little off, I've played with every color hair under the sun, melted into every social group through middle and high school, and sang along the whole time to 20 different types of music while I did it. I never thought I'd be getting married, and for a long time I often had the mind set that "it's just a piece of paper". When I met the right person it seems my mind had changes, and all my doubt is gone. I know I've made a great decision, and I couldn't be happier about where I am.
We just decided this 3 weeks ago, and picked the date of August 28, 2011. The sooner the better right? This is not my mate's first marriage and I didn't want anything really over the top, so we decided to take this party to Vegas. When you mention that to most people they think of some cheesy Fresh Prince style wedding or that you have to have Elvis reading you the vows. The truth is with a destination like Vegas we had so many places to choose from and one more beautiful then the next. We both love to gamble, it's only appropriate we take it there. After countless reviewing of packages and gasping at prices, I finally decided that getting married on the terrace at the Bellagio was what I truly wanted. I know there won't be a dry eye in the house, and I am so fearful of crying off all my makeup before I even make it down the stairs. With that being said, I know the ceremony will be breath-taking.
Our decision wasn't a traditional oooh and ahhhhhh proposal story. We are skipping the engagement ring, which most people can't wrap their mind around. I have never been a jewelry person and know that we could use that money to have more fun on our trip. The wedding bands we picked are about as fitting for the two of us as you can get, but again very out of the ordinary.
I was happy to decide on Vegas because with a package I know that most everything will be taken care of for me, and although this is true, even the smallest details have been driving me crazy. I am not a Bridezilla, but I had no idea how much work goes into this, and to do it in 3 months is even more stressful. What I have learned so far on my journey though is most of the choices you make for a destination wedding are not a fly by night joint. These are resorts and hotels that have been doing more weddings then you will ever dream of, and you need to trust who you are working with because they have seen it all. I have really tried to loosen up about all of this and ease into the idea that the person on the other end is doing their job to make that special day even better than I have been imagining on these sleepless nights.