Adventures at the Bridal Show

If you read this column last month, then you know I'm planning my own wedding. Or at least, thinking about planning it. Or really, just planning to think about it.

If I sound ambivalent, it's because I am and I'm not. On the one hand, being married sounds wonderful. On the other hand, getting married sounds like a platinum pain in the ass.

Where do you even start? All I really know is what I don't want: a dress that costs more than my car, anything having to do with Jordan Almonds, and rhinestones on my vagina. Past that, I'm drawing a blank.

Fortunately, gave me a 12-month plan when I started this assignment. They tell me if I follow it carefully, I'll wind up with a wedding at the end of the year. Then again, I may just wind up with 12 columns and a Klonopin prescription.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves. This is Month One. And according to my calendar, there are a lot of decisions to make.

The good news is that some questions have answered themselves. For example, I'm fairly certain you need girlfriends to have bridesmaids, so we can cross that off the list. We don't like anyone, so the guest list is small. And I know I want K.C. and the Sunshine Band at the reception, if they're still living. But that's as far as I got.

Clearly, I needed help. I needed a place where I could gather information, talk to experts, and get free stuff. But where does one find such a magical place?

April Winchell
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