(Not) very superstitious
I'm not a very superstitious person, but I did have a few things that I paid careful attention to in the planning of my wedding.
Jon and I were married on July 16, 2005. Why? To be very honest I am a little superstitious about numbers. Not that I allow them to run my life, but I know that in the Bible numbers do have meanings. My favorite number has always been 14 because 7 is considered the ‘perfect' number, so that must mean 14 is doubly perfect. I know I sound crazy, just go with me. When it came to finding a date this was my thought process: 7/16/2005 added all together 7+7+7=21…so that must be triply perfect…right?! Anyways, I graduated in May of 2005 and getting married in July gave me two months to finish up any final planning before the big day.
I don't know if this qualifies as superstition but we've all heard it: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. I made sure to have my bases covered.
Something old: My dad gave me a handkerchief to have that was his to "catch my tears" which turned out to be a great idea because I had a lot of tears.
Something new: My dress. It was the most expensive piece of clothing I have ever (or will ever) buy. My dress with veil and headpiece cost approximately $800. That is almost a steal from what I have heard other girls have paid. Going to the small town bridal shop really did save us a lot of money.
Something borrowed: My makeup. (I know I stretched for this one) My sister is a Mary Kay sales rep, so she and I did a few different looks until I found one I really liked. She was my matron of honor and my makeup artist for the day. All the makeup was hers from what I remember and she did a great job.
Something blue: My shoes. I decided a long time ago that I would wear tennis shoes on my wedding day. I loved the movie Father of the Bride with Steve Martin when I was younger. In the movie, George Banks is a tennis shoe designer and salesman. He makes his daughter a pair of white and lace tennis shoes to wear on her wedding day. When I saw that I promised myself that I would wear tennis shoes on my wedding day. I always thought it was a good representation of who I was. I was a tomboy growing up but definitely had the girly princess side too. I hunted for the perfect sneaker and found a white pair of Sketchers (which I was obsessed with at the time) with a blue S on them. They became my "something blue."
We did break with superstition by seeing each other before the wedding. It turns out it is not bad luck! We did the first look, took all our pictures before the ceremony, and then were with each other the rest of the day. I HIGHLY recommend this! It was such a relief and so fun to be together all day long. Also, it did not take away from the moment I walked down the aisle. Jon still says that the moment I started walking down the aisle with the song he had chosen is still his favorite moment of the whole day.