Saturday, September 10, 2011


Hello beautiful friends!

Sorry for the wee hiatus. Life has been more hectic than I ever really imagined it could be. 

One of my best friends is getting married next weekend and my cousin is getting married the weekend after that. It turns out that I've got 'bride-brain' remembering my wedding. It was such a happy time full of friends and family, and a little bit of stress! ;)

All brides handle the time prior to their wedding differently. I had a couple 'bride' moments, but they were small in comparison to some - at least this was the reassurance used to make me feel better by my good friends! 

In light of supporting my friend and family through this time, and remembering other friends in preparation for their weddings, I thought it would be kind of us to send them some happy thoughts. They are facing an exciting yet challenging time. 

I fear that due to shows like 'Say Yes to the Dress' and 'Four Weddings', the marriage part of the wedding day has lessened in importance. I was blessed to have kind and compassionate people around me who kept reminding me that my wedding was only one day. One day that signified the beginning of the rest of my life with my partner. One day. Yes, it's an important day, but it's one day. And then there's the rest of life. 

With statistics like the following, there is no question that brides (and grooms) need take this day and the rest of their days together seriously.

"What are the chances of a Candian couple getting a divorce?"
The riskiest year is the fourth year of marriage. In the first year of marriage, there are less than one divorce for every 1,000 marriages. After one year of marriage, there are 5.1 divorces for every 1,000 marriages in Canada. After two years of marriage, there are 17 divorces for every 1,000 marriages in Canada. After three years, there are 23.6 divorces for every 1,000 Canadian marriages. After four years, there are 25.5 divorces for every 1,000 Canadian marriages. After that, the chances of divorce decline slowly for each subsequent year of marriage.

I hope and pray that brides who are looking towards their big day remember the brilliance that is to come the next day, and the next day, and the next. I hope that the beautiful brides not only prepare for their special day, but their lives with their new partners. I hope that families and friends can help brides remember that while they are stunning in their wedding gown, they are breathtaking standing next to their partner, supporting them while they support her, every single day. 

I love you my brides and I can't wait to see you on your special days! And I definitely can't wait to figure out life with you as we move forward as WIVES!! :D

love and hugs
sarah d. 

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