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The Whitless Wonder

May 13, 2008 - John Whittaker

Shortly after I got engaged to my fiancé -- let's pay homage to my favorite Internet writer, ESPN's Sports Guy, and call her the News Gal -- I remember telling a friend, "Planning this will be easy. She's got half of the work done already.'

Those, my friends, are famous last words.

From the male perspective, give us the church, a place for our friends to hang out after the wedding and honeymoon plans, and we consider that wedding planned.

The News Gal has other ideas.

Picking the pastor and church were easy. The reception site was done in about three days -- but not before debating whether or not we'd have enough space to fit everyone we wanted to invite. That led to a preliminary guest list and whether or not that list should include infants and small children.

Then, there's entertainment. With combined musical tastes ranging from Bruce Springsteen (me) and various Motown artists (also me) to Gary Allan (News Gal) and Poison (also the News Gal), good luck finding a band with the requisite repertoir. No problem -- we know a DJ …. who is booked for a prom the same weekend as our wedding.

Did I mention we're more than a year away from our wedding?

I think I'm speaking for most single, or formerly single men, when I say I had no idea this much went into planning a wedding. And, I think I officially pity the guys in those wedding reality shows where they're planning a $100,000 wedding. It's hard enough to plan a $5,000 wedding.

I'm sure this will be a recurring topic in this blog space in the next year, but, for now, let me just thank God for a woman who can lead this sports-loving, wedding-etiquette challenged guy through the wedding wilderness.


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