My best friend's wedding

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I consider myself lucky that one of my closest childhood friends, Karen, is planning her wedding at the same time I'm putting together my own. We're both returning home to get married; Karen's wedding is two months after mine. Two best friends plus the same pool of vendors plus very similar timelines equals perfect planning partners, right? One would think. While we speak from time to time about what's new regarding our big plans, we haven't been comparing notes and swapping insights. To my great surprise, it's her fiance, Phil, who's been my resource. Phil? A twist I didn't expect.

We spoke at length one night about the bands we'd each looked into (he introduced me to one of the two groups my fiance and I are now seriously considering) and was quick to provide details on the photographer they'd selected when we started our own research. Karen is no hands-off bride, by the way, it's just that their joint research has repeatedly come to me through Phil. I didn't see this happening, but I'm really happy it has. I've always believed that weddings have a unique way of bringing people together and making their connections stronger. Turns out, wedding planning does too.—Michaela Garibaldi, assistant managing editor, Elegant Bride

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