Sister act


My life is all about weddings right now. When I'm not at work writing about them, I'm making plans for my own... or thinking about my sister's... or figuring out what's on my to-do list for the two I'm in this July. I've just entered this phase that many of you are probably all too familiar with: Seemingly everyone you know is getting married and, before bikini season even starts, your summer weekends are already jam-packed with bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and, of course, weddings. Being invited to a lot of weddings is definitely a good thing. So is, I've found, the experience of planning my wedding at the same time my sister plans hers.

This could be a recipe for disaster in some families—two sisters marrying five months apart, both close to home—but actually, I'm secretly thrilled about the lovely autumn wedding she's organizing with her fiance. I've always imagined a fall wedding for myself (don't get me wrong, I love the idea of my warm, sunny—fingers crossed—June event, but colorful fall foliage is hard to beat), so I'm hoping she'll let me live out this fantasy just a bit and help, if only with the bathroom amenity baskets...

We have similar tastes and may implement similar ideas (yellow as an accent color?), but we are different enough and the seasons in which we're marrying are different enough that we can bounce ideas off of each other without the fear of overlap (bright, springtime yellow is definitely not the same as golden, autumn yellow). Our weddings will be more fun and beautiful because of this.

To avoid the inherent stress and expense of two weddings in one year, my dad recently joked that if we didn't elope (his first choice), he'd be all for a double wedding. He won a lot of laughs for this; he's an amusing guy. Two isn't always better than one and more isn't always merrier, but in this case, I'd say it is. —Michaela Garibaldi, Assistant Managing Editor, Modern Bride



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