I often think that the reason I became a celebrant is purely for the shoes and dresses. Never before in my entire life have I been able to justify the amount of floral I have purchased since I started my career as a wedding celebrant. There are dresses in pastels, bolds, brights, florals, stripes and everything in-between and I purchase each one with the line, ‘that’ll be good for a wedding.’
That line has absolutely ruined my wardrobe. And when I say ruined, I mean broken because it’s busting at the seams with overflowing fabric and sparkles that I have absolutely no chance of ever making it through. I am one of those women that hates wearing things twice. I associate my clothes and shoes with moments of sentimentality of whichever special occasion I wore it at.
The lace, royal blue dress – that’s the first dress I ever bought to do a wedding in. That long, white, floral dress – I married my best friend in that one. That navy and orange floral one – I married my baby sister in that one. That one with the birds on – that was the first wedding I shed a tear in when they weren’t even related.
The list is endless and ongoing. And it brings me to this. When there is a ‘big thing’ or a ‘special event’ that is going to change the way you live your life, you need to wear something you love. A wedding dress, a blue sparkle dress, a flowery dress, a halter dress with hearts on – it doesn’t matter what it is but if it’s something special than make sure you wear something that makes your heart soar. Because every time you open that overflowing wardrobe of financial regret you’ll take a closer look and remember every feeling you felt in that dress. And that is priceless. (Well, that’s what I tell myself.)