I want to start off with a few pictures. Look how fun I, a barnyard BBQ bride, can have at a friend's traditional wedding reception:
So that was me ruling the dance floor, performing an acoustic version of Edwin McCain's I'll Be at the bride's request, and tipping myself with a dollar bill after being impressed with own dance moves.
Lesson learned: weddings that are SO not your style can truly knock your socks off.
Why? Because style doesn't make or break anyone's experience at a party. Attitude does.
However, let's be clear: I'm not completely minimizing the importance of decor, and I'm certainly not encouraging anyone to make inauthentic style choices. Decor can move you to feel like your most beautifully honest self. Decor can make the bride and groom feel like they died and went to the part of heaven where all the best dead interior designers float around. But decor does not create joy or fun.
Style is not what you'll remember most about your wedding.
And yet you've probably noticed that I love featuring casual, non-traditional and/ or budget weddings here on Brave Bride. I'll be honest - I do have a bit of "style agenda" as the mastermind behind this blog. I do this because there is a lack of budget weddings featured in the media and I want to increase their exposure. I want show engaged couples all of the choices that wedding magazines never told them they had.
But style is NOT the focus of this blog. So in keeping with my desire to affirm the authentic choices of every bride and groom, I plan to feature some traditional and larger budget couples who have made equally as mindful and meaningful choices as the "indie wedding" gang has.
Above all, I promote making bravely authentic choices - whether that means Taco truck catering or a caviar station over by the swan ice sculptures.
So all this week I will be writing about authentic traditional wedding choices (as opposed to pressured-by-Mom-and-Dad-who-are-paying-for-this-thing traditional wedding "choices"). I'll also be showing you what it looks like when non-traditionalists form a peaceful relationship with tradition. Stay tuned!