Wedding word association

I don’t know if I can blame winter’s lack of ample sunlight or severe withdrawal symptoms from holiday candy, but I will admit to drawing a massive blank as I sat down to compose my editor’s letter this month. So, in lieu of stamping a giant “FAIL” across this page, I decided to pester my coworkers to help me out by playing a little word association game: “I say ‘wedding,’ you say the first thing that pops into your head.”

This is what happened.

Heather, Her Art Director: “Expensive”
Amanda, Her Intern: “Cinderella dress.”
Sinclair, Nfocus Managing Editor: “How much?”
Michael, Her Photographer: “Ugh!” (Slaps hand against head)
Amanda, Nfocus Art Director and bride-to-be: “Oh, crap! Planning, flowers, vintage, dress, shoes, lace …”
KK, Nfocus intern: “Fairytale”
Her blogger who wishes to remain anonymous: “ … grunt”
(accompanied by a slouch)

I was sufficiently intrigued, so I opened the poll up to Facebook, where the responses included the following: “rubbery salmon,” “denied,” “money,” “dancing,” “overrated,” “open bar,” “divorce lawyer,” “cocktails,” “romance,” “cake,” “overwhelming,” “crashers,” “champagne,” “stress,” “toasts,” “unnecessary,” “bridezilla,” “prenup,” and — my personal favorite — “Don’t do it!”

Obviously, we’re all over the map when it comes to our opinion on weddings. If I could look at the average age (and gender!) of the respondents of my entirely unscientific poll, it’s clear that the younger, female respondents have a more favorable, if not fanciful, view of weddings, while the older — male and female — respondents are a bit more jaded. It’s not surprising that the younger demographic is focusing on poufy dresses and romance and glitter, but why can’t we old folks remember that there’s more to weddings than just expensive plane tickets and awkward in-laws?

For those of you who adore all things wedding, we offer floral suggestions on page 27, signature wedding cocktail ideas on page 21, and catering advice on page 48. Cynics? Check out the hilarious wedding-themed Confessions (page 15) and the newest from local duo Sugar + the Hi-lows (page 38).

Since it appears that we’ll all have to agree to disagree, I propose that there is one thing we can all agree on: Wedding dresses are very pretty! We were so thrilled to collaborate with Bombs Over Betty photography studio on our incredible style shoot this month, featuring the lovely Hannah Blaylock of Edens Edge. Even the most cynical wedding crasher will certainly fall in love with these gorgeous photos.

Weddings or not, here’s to hoping you find lots of love in 2012!


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