What Is Your Wedding Philosophy?

This morning we’re going to take a little break from our regularly scheduled pretty pictures (don’t worry, they’ll be back this afternoon!). I want to take some time to share my thoughts about weddings with you and hear what you have to say too!

We all have a “wedding philosophy”.  Here’s mine, and it’s simple.

There is no right or wrong.

Sure, there are things that you should do… like, somehow invite your guests.  And feed them in some manner.  But how you go about it, how much you spend, who you involve – well, I’ll say it again, there is no right or wrong.

Keeping that in mind, I want to share my five guiding principles of weddings – the ones I tried to follow when planning [intlink id=”21″ type=”category”]our vow renewal[/intlink].

1) Your wedding is about you and your partner. After 11 years of marriage, I can tell you that your LIFE is about you and your partner too, so what better way to christen your marriage than by throwing a party that celebrates the two of you and your love?

2) Your wedding is about your guests. They should be comfortable.  They should have fun.  Presumably, those who attend are also those you love the most in the world – show them how much you love them and appreciate the fact that they are joining you on your special day.

3) Sometimes less is more.  We’ve all seen the wedding where everything down to the dance floor and drink koozies was monogrammed.  Incorporate your “theme” or your motif in ways that engage, but don’t overwhelm.

4) Sometimes more is more.  I love boxed invitations, donut machines, chandeliers, low and lush centerpieces, lounge areas, gospel choirs, and salsa instructors (just not all in the same wedding, see principle #3!).  There is nothing wrong with a bit of a decadent splash.

5) I believe that the best weddings are the ones that will stand the test of time.

We’ve featured everything from $2,000 weddings to weddings that I’m sure were well into the six figures.  I loved them all.  But more importantly, I believe that each and every one of them provided an opportunity to inspire all of us.

Do you disagree with me?  That’s OK!  Diversity is what makes the world go ’round, and I love hearing everyone’s opinions, so do tell – what is your wedding philosophy?

PS – And while we’re discussing… yesterday there was a wonderful conversation on Twitter that I’d love to continue here.  What makes a wedding blog appeal to you?  What types of posts do you love and why?