The Perfect Wedding?

The other day, my roommate and I were flipping channels when we came across “Bridalplasty.” Haven’t heard of it? Oh, it’s a piece of work- in more ways than one.

Basically a bunch of future brides (and some already married girls who didn’t get their ideal wedding) are competing for plastic surgery and a celebrity-style wedding. Each week they compete for different procedures of plastic surgery off their wish lists (yes…these girls have LISTS of what they want snipped, tucked, and tweaked). And of course, they eliminate a girl each week until there is one bride left who gets the ultimate prize: The wedding of her dreams and her ENTIRE wish list of plastic surgery.

To me, it’s a little bizarre, so of course I watched two back-to-back episodes. What horrified me though was they said to the girls they kicked off: “Your wedding will still go on; it just may not be perfect.”

UM….WHAT?! Hello, I’m sorry, but what an awful thing to say to anyone. And how does plastic surgery make your wedding perfect?

This got me thinking…what does make a perfect wedding? So, I made a list of the top 5 things your wedding needs in order to be “perfect.” And no, plastic surgery is not a requirement.

1) You get married

I mean really… if at the end of your wedding, this one thing does not get accomplished, I think you may be allowed to say your wedding wasn’t perfect.

2) You get married to a guy you actually like and hopefully love

I say it’s a win if you can go home after all the festivities and not think: “Dear God, what have I done??”

3) No one dies

I’ve heard of this happening…and I can’t imagine anything worse. If everyone gets through my big day alive and in one piece, I’m going to count my blessings.

4) You’re able to ignore the family drama

Let’s face it, there will ALWAYS be drama in some way, shape, or form if you get the entire family together. If you can ignore other people and focus on yourself and your new spouse, then your wedding is far beyond perfect.

5) You end the day happy

I’m a firm believer that happiness is a choice. So this one should be a gimme because I can’t imagine a bride choosing to be unhappy on her wedding day, but unfortunately bridezillas have taken over the world and our TVs. So skip the pity parties. Who cares that there was some mix-up or that you had to be flexible? Just be happy and everything else will follow.

Biggest pet peeve: Selfishness

I’ve often been told I’m a doormat to some people. I’ll do them favors, work connections and bend over backward to ensure that something goes right for them. But when the time comes to return the favor, I always end up empty-handed.

Of course, that’s not why I do those sorts of things, and as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned more about how to say “no” to certain requests that I shouldn’t have to go out of my way for. But the truth remains the same, I still have friends and know people who on a daily basis talk about themselves 99 percent of the time, ask for favors daily, and then tell me– oh sorry, helping you doesn’t work for me.

That’s why I love Addison. If this is my biggest pet peeve, then he- for all intents and purposes- could be considered perfect. Not once has he given me a reason not to bend over backward for him. And he’s always there to do the same.

Sure, we’re all selfish at times. I am too. But seriously, why is it that some people can’t think beyond themselves on a daily basis? I’m your friend- not part of your fan club. Treat me as such.

But on that note, for all of those who have been campaigning for us like it’s your new part-time job (Or full-time job, as the case may be), thank you from the bottom of both our hearts.

Like my roommate Hannah who is a rockstar. She posted fliers on 4 floors of a building…on every single door!

Or Julie, who went out of her way to come to my work to tell me that she had an idea about how to get a team together to go tackle certain computer labs. What a blessing!

Friends I haven’t even heard from in years are stepping up and telling me they care. People I don’t even know are letting us know they are supporting us.

And it’s people like you who make me realize that not everyone in the world is selfish and that maybe, I should just stop being a doormat and hang out with you guys instead.