Let's talk about wedding magazines.
Recently I was sitting at a bar talking to my married friend about how my wedding planning was going.
"Did you go out and buy all the wedding magazines?" she asked.
I hadn't. I had no plans to. Was this a mistake? Did I need wedding magazines to plan a wedding?
"No," she said, "but this is the only time in your life you have an excuse to buy them."
She had a point. But magazines, especially the ones aimed at women, had only ever made me feel bad about myself. So I expected that a WEDDING magazine would only increase my wedding anxiety by bombarding me with impossible images of things I could never afford or be. No thank you, I thought.
But then, as if by fate, a wedding magazine just showed up in my mailbox. And I decided to give it a look.