In a little over 70 days, I’ll be Mrs. Reichert. The idea is amazing, exciting, scary (in the best way), and exhilarating! I’ve dreamed of planning a wedding since I was a little girl, and frankly, it’s kind-of surreal that this time has come! I’m engaged and get to start planning a wedding to marry the love of my life. Crazy, right?
We’re planning a very small wedding with immediate family only. When I was younger, I used to think that I’d want a big wedding; something flashy, showy, something that everyone would remember. The older I get, the more I realize that it seems silly to have a big wedding, spend all that money, and then have it be over in just a few hours.
Having to tell family and friends that we were planning on such a small wedding was both easy and difficult. Some understood, some didn’t. I have come to realize in the 3 weeks we’ve been engaged (ha…I’m so seasoned at this!), though, that people’s opinions of your wedding day really don’t matter. We have to do what works for us, and that means a small wedding.
Let’s be honest: a wedding isn’t really about the people that are sitting in the audience. A wedding is about the two people who are joining their lives together in front of God (and in our case: our immediate family). It’s about two becoming one. My pastor put it this way: it’s about two people becoming a new little family unit. I loved how he worded that!
We love all our family and friends and understand that they wanted to be apart of our day. Because of this, we planned from the get-go to have a big party a few weeks into our marriage (once we get settled) where family, friends, and church family can all come and celebrate with us at a more casual gathering.
Knowing that I get to spend the rest of my life beside the one I love is pretty amazing. I can’t wait to start the next journey of our lives together, and see what the rest of the future holds. Sometimes people tell me that I’m lucky, but I always turn it back to them and say, “I’m blessed, and you have no idea how hard I prayed.”
Then you will call upon Me, and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.