Courtesy of Josh Brentan
BRIDES Magazine and groom-to-be Josh Brentan offer a peek into what the bride's other half really thinks about all the wedding hub-bub.
The Dress: I've been told you'll know when you find the one. Just remember that no matter whom you bring along—your mother, your maid of honor, your high school drama-club "boyfriend"—the only opinion that truly counts is yours. Unless you want something that makes you look like Little Bo Peep—in that case, listen when they tell you "no."
The Shoes: I heard a vicious rumor that they make cute shoes without high heels. If this is true, we beg you to be sensible and buy a pair. You won't have to worry about your feet hurting, and we won't have to smile sympathetically when you complain about it all night long.
The Makeup Artist: I recently found out that makeup consultations alone take three hours. Three hours! People run marathons in less time than that! We know you want to look pretty, but when you're sitting in that chair, just remember that most of us prefer the wind-swept, sun-kissed look you get after a day full of fun. If you can find someone to re-create that, then take all the time you need.
The Diet: When Erica told me she wanted to go on a wedding diet, I took her out for cheeseburgers. We grooms would much rather you eat and be happy than starve and be miserable. And no, a few carrots and a cookie are not a meal. (Extra insight: We don't want you to make us diet, either.)
The Extreme Makeover: If you are determined to get chemical hair treatments, a fake tan, or eyelash extensions, we're not going to be able to stop you. That's fine. Go ahead. But before you do, just imagine looking at wedding photos with our daughter in 20 years and her saying, "Mommy, is that you?" Want to think again?
—Josh Brentan, The Groom With A View