My husband is going to be in his cousin’s wedding next month. He’s an usher, which is as much “in” a wedding as he wants to be, since it means he doesn’t have to be in the spotlight or give a speech. He’s grew up very close to his cousins – both of whom are getting married within the next few months – so it made sense that he would be asked to be a part of the wedding. He went to get fitted for a tux yesterday. I’ll admit to being a little excited about seeing him in a tux. We met long after prom, and got married in hiking clothes on the side of a mountain, so I’ve never seen him in a tux. Turns out that his cousin picked the most expensive tuxes available for the wedding. $158 each. Ouch. It’s a good thing this is happening now, when we’re feeling pretty good about our finances, are almost out of credit card debt, and are putting a decent amount of money into savings every month. If his cousin had gotten married three years ago, I think the $158 bill for the tux would have made me cry. As it is, we’re amazed that renting a tux could cost $158 for a day, and we’re wondering what this wedding will be like. There are two weddings scheduled – a Catholic one at 1pm and then a Baptist one at 5pm. The reception is at a country club after the second wedding. I’m guessing the whole day amounts to a sweet down payment on a house.
I’m on a mission to find a dress for the wedding. I went to TJ Maxx and Ross last night, but there were very few things in my size, and the ones that did fit me didn’t look good. So today I’m going to head over to my favorite thrift stores to see if I can stumble upon any great finds, and then hit a few consignment stores. If all else fails, I’ll go to the mall. I’m trying to keep my clothing budget for the wedding to a minimum, since I already bought a shower gift ($25) and we still have to buy a wedding gift, plus that tux.
We’re really happy for my husband’s cousin, and we love the girl he’s marrying. Of the girls he’s dated in the years I’ve known him, this one is by far the best, and we’re really glad that they found each other. But however you spin it, the wedding is only one day in your life together. I’m always struck by how many people, in the last few days leading up to their own weddings, say something like “I just can’t wait for it to be over.” Watching all this wedding stuff over the last few months has made us so grateful for the wedding we had, and for the life we have together. And now I’ll get to see my shorts-and-tshirt guy all dressed up for a day. What more could a girl want?