After some very important critical thinking we've made a groundbreaking discovery: wedding planning is a lot like third grade. "Why?" you might ask. Well, here are six reasons.
1. Long Division
Two words: wedding budget. Handling your budget takes quite a bit of math, including long division. Luckily, this time around calculators are a bit more acceptable. Unluckily, this time around those numbers mean much, much more to you than they did in elementary school.
2. Cursive Lessons
Thank-you notes don't write themselves. If you're like us, you might have required a bit of a refresher on your cursive — and penmanship in general — when scribbling your letters of gratitude. Bet you're wishing you paid just a bit more attention in elementary school ...
3. Cliché Party Decorations
That pretty, pretty princess party you had for your eighth birthday somehow looks shockingly familiar to the decorations at your bachelorette party. Pink sash; bejeweled namesake tank; and crown, anyone?
4. Pouting Pals
Whether they're bummed about their seating arrangement or underwhelmed with their bridesmaid dress, it's shocking how quickly adults can regress to childhood pouting sessions when throughout the wedding-planning process.
5. Public Gift Opening
The process of opening your gifts in front of a crowd doesn't happen much in adulthood, unless you're getting married (or having a baby). Just like when you were eight, it's completely acceptable — and expected — to have guest fawn over your new loot at bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and the like. Better start practicing your over-excited, theatrical responses!
6. Throwing Food on the Boy You Like
In third grade you flung cafeteria mashed potatoes on your crush to get his attention. Now that you're a mature adult you're smashing expensive cake onto your groom's face to show him how much you love him.
Life is funny, isn't it?