Easy, sim­ple – why the fuss about a wed­ding

Central Otago Mirror - - OPINION -

Iwas never that girl who had her wed­ding planned from when she was 8 years old. Un­til re­cently I wasn’t a big fan of mar­riage. If you love some­body, just be with them. You don’t need a big song and dance or a piece of pa­per to jus­tify it. How­ever, in my 36 years I’ve learnt to em­brace any op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate pos­i­tive happy oc­ca­sions. All too of­ten we catch up with friends and fam­ily only at sad or chal­leng­ing times. Our wed­ding is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to have a rock­ing fun time. I used to roll my eyes and snort when I heard my friends talk­ing about the stress and drama in­volved in or­gan­is­ing their wed­dings. Really? How hard can it be? Surely it’s just a big party with ev­ery­one you know and love? Easy. Sim­ple. That was be­fore I was lucky enough to find a man brave enough to take me on. I’m cur­rently en­sconced in wed­ding plan mad­ness and I’m so far out of my com­fort zone it is not funny. We get mar­ried in less than two weeks. I’ve got flow­ers, rings, dec­o­ra­tions, wed­ding dance, seat­ing plan, shoes, hair and 57 other things still to or­gan­ise. Eeeek. Then I re­mem­ber the loved ones who touched our lives im­mensely who are sadly no longer with us. Th­ese beau­ti­ful peo­ple shaped us both into the peo­ple we are to­day. In my mo­ments of over­whelm­ing wed­ding plan­ning chaos, I con­sider just how lucky we were to have them in our lives. And you know what - at the end of the day – the de­tails will take care of them­selves be­cause we are go­ing to be par­ty­ing with our loved ones. That‘s what’s im­por­tant – noth­ing else. Easy. Sim­ple.

Amy Scott is a former lawyer turned pro­fes­sional speaker who is passionate about ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion and com­mu­ni­ties.

To wed: Amy Scott and Mur­ray An­der­son will marry on March 2.

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