6 Things Everyone Forgets While Planning A Wedding

6 Things Everyone Forgets While Planning A Wedding

These are just as important as the venue, food, and dress.
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Other than myself, there are so many girls that begin dreaming about their wedding day at an early age. I blame all the fairy tales and Disney princess movies for that phenomenon. The ones that usually end in some great love and a perfect wedding day that is magically put together in no time at all. The thing is, I don't remember ever seeing any movie that showed all the work that went into planning a wedding... Unless we're talking about the movie "Father of the Bride". Then you will end up looking a little like this when the day comes that you are planning your own and can see all the things that you have to do, and have no idea where to begin.

And while this milestone has a lot of planning, expenses, and little details that need to be paid attention to, there are somethings that every bride/groom should remember throughout the process.

1. Remember to sit down and dream.

Before you jump into all the planning, sit down with your fiance and just talk. Talk about what you want and what you picture that day being like. If you were one of those kids who dreamed about your big day, tell them about all the things that you believe that you want. Don't pin yourselves down so soon after the proposal with talk of money and just dream together.

2. Remember to bask in the glow.

In the middle of all the fuss, let yourself remember why you are going through all the events to follow. Make sure to see that, through all of the plans and all of the craziness, you are madly in love with the man/woman you're going to marry. That, no matter what, you will end up with the person you want to be with. Don't be ashamed to act a little twitterpated, no matter your age. No matter the time.

3. Remember why it is a day to celebrate.

While you should have fun and enjoy all the plans, food tastings, parties, venues, and more, don't forget that all the aspects the go into that day are just things. You are going to be celebrating the joining of two peoples' lives become one. You will be celebrating the promise you are making in front of friends and family. Don't get too caught up in all the materials that go toward the celebration. If something goes wrong, just remember what you will be there to do.

4. Remember to stop and smell the roses.

When you are in the middle of comparing finances and the cost of your dream venue, take a moment to look up. See those people around you. Laugh at all the ridiculous things that you are sure to encounter. Hear what they are saying. Keep it in mind for later times of tribulation to come. Stop to look at your fiance and smile in anticipation of you two becoming married. Just take a breath.

5. Remember to make memories.

Are you trying on your tenth dress? Maybe starting to feel like it's hopeless and you're not going to find the right one? Well, try on another dress that you never would have usually put on and go out to the people with you. No matter what dress it is, or how bad it looks, go and strut your stuff. Enjoy the reactions of your friends and family and allow yourself to giggle a little at yourself. Or, maybe you and your bride tribe are getting frustrated at all the individual demands. Stop everything and do something that you and your friends have always enjoyed. If you are making your own invitations, grab the tape and do something ridiculous just to get everyone laughing. Make memories that you will be able to look back on in the future.

6. Remember that it is a day for you and your fiance.

While it is important that your family and friends are comfortable on your big day, don't change everything that you want your day to be, just to make them happy. Especially not if it will compromise your happiness. Remember that it is your day, not theirs. And when it comes to their time to get married, it will be all about them. Don't over exert yourself by trying to make everyone else happy, because it is impossible to please everyone.

While planning your wedding will seem like an impossible task when you first begin, in the end, make sure that it is something that you will want to look back on fondly. I know that I will be trying to remember these things while planning mine. Whether it is a big ordeal, or a small, intimate celebration, make sure to enjoy it. Allow yourself to get swept away on the excitement. Let yourself talk about the romance. Go ahead and believe that your big day will be just like a fairy tale and enjoy it even more because of all the work you put into it. Just remember who you are and why you're getting married in the first place.

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1. They will do anything for you, literally.

My stepdad has done any and every thing for me. From when I was little until now. He was and still is my go-to. If I was hungry, he would get me food. If something was broken, he would fix it. If I wanted something, he would normally always find a way to get it. He didn't spoil me (just sometimes), but he would make sure that I was always taken care of.

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2. Life lessons.

Yup, the tough one. My stepdad has taught me things that I would have never figured out on my own. He has stood beside me through every mistake. He has been there to pick me up when I am down. My stepdad is like the book of knowledge: crazy hormonal teenage edition. Boy problems? He would probably make me feel better. He just always seemed to know what to say. I think that the most important lesson that I have learned from my stepdad is: to never give up. My stepdad has been through three cycles of leukemia. He is now in remission, yay!! But, I never heard him complain. I never heard him worry and I never saw him feeling sorry for himself. Through you, I found strength.

3. He loved me as his own.

The big one, the one that may seem impossible to some step parents. My stepdad is not actually my stepdad, but rather my dad. I will never have enough words to explain how grateful I am for this man, which is why I am attempting to write this right now. It takes a special kind of human to love another as if they are their own. There had never been times where I didn't think that my dad wouldn't be there for me. It was like I always knew he would be. He introduces me as his daughter, and he is my dad. I wouldn't have it any other way. You were able to show me what family is.

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The Truth About Narcan, Insulin, And Who Pays For What

"Stupid junkies, I have to pay for my Insulin but they get Narcan FOR FREE. Can you believe that?"

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Naloxone.

Let's talk about it. Naloxone, commonly referred to as Narcan or Evzio is a "medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose." According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Naloxone basically reverses the effects of an overdose.

As you see on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and every other social media platform in the world, "junkies" get indirectly bashed, undermined, and in a nutshell, told that they don't deserve a place on earth.

The most common argument used by "non-addicts" is "I have to pay for my Insulin for my diabetes, but they get Narcan for free? Wow, our government sucks and the system is a joke."

For those of you that don't know, diabetes is a disease in which the body's ability to produce or respond to the hormone, insulin, is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood and urine.

There are two types of this disease: Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes that result from a variety of different factors. Diabetes can be acquired through genetics but can also be personally obtained through lifestyle, depending on the type. Aside from genetics and being born into a diabetic family, you may also be diagnosed with diabetes as a result of physical inactivity, high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol, and being overweight. In other words, if you let your body go, don't work out or do some type of physical activity, let your high blood pressure go untreated, and eat unhealthy foods; you have a chance of developing diabetes.

Next, let's talk about prices.

On average, Insulin costs $200 monthly. This depends on the brand, personal insurance, coupons, and other factors such as organizations that help people get cheaper insulin.

Narcan nasal spray costs $130 for a two-time use. You can buy it at CVS Pharmacy (and other pharmacies) in states such as Ohio, Arkansas, California, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin. Some of these states may require a prescription.

Now that you know that Narcan/Evzio isn't free, it's time to talk about other charges that are brought upon addicts when they overdose. If an ambulance is called, they have to pay for it. If they are sent to the emergency room, they also have to pay for that.

The idea that "junkies" get Narcan for free is something society has made up to make drug users feel even more guilt than they already do from having an addiction alone.

Believe it or not, most of us are addicted to something that can be fatal or cause illness/injury. If you eat processed foods or sugar ridden foods every day, chances are you have an addiction to sugar. The withdrawal that someone has from quitting sugar is similar to the withdrawal that one goes through from quitting heroin. You get a splitting headache, you have cold sweats, you are moody, and it makes you sick. If you drink coffee all day on most days and you try to quit, it results in an awful headache for a few days. The addiction to cigarettes and the withdrawal that people go through for that speaks for itself; we all know a smoker or an ex-smoker.

Instead of following social norms, degrading drug users and putting ourselves on a pedestal because we don't use heroin or another "hard drug," we should advocate for the health and stand up for each other. If you see someone on the street that you know is a drug user, pull them aside and pray with them. Help them find a better life. Recommend church, rehab, or any other ideas that may be at your fingertips to mention.

The moral of the story is this: we all have an addiction, hypocrisy is at it's finest thanks to social media, and we are all human. Walk a mile in someone else's shoes before you judge them. It doesn't cost a dime to shed light on someone's life, especially when they are in need.

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