"Just wait until you have 5 weddings to pay for," some people like to quip, thinking a: they're the first to consider this and b: they're funny. To those people: I happen to know how to sew. Wedding dresses, check. I happen to have a dad whose business name is In Your Vase. Flowers, check. I happen to have a sister-in-law who just graduated with her BFA in graphic design. Wedding invitations, check. I happen to have a brother who just graduated in landscape design. Outdoor receptions, check. I happen to have a mom who can whip up simple, flavorful, and fresh food at a moments notice for a crowd. Catering, check. I happen to have an in in the harp community. Music, check. And photography? Any of my siblings and a handful of friends could take that on. Check.
Sunday, I was relaxing on the floor after a few rounds of airplanes with the baby dills when Azure covered me with three blankets. I'm that big. She proceeded to prop my head up with a pillow, bring me plush animals to snuggle, accessories to wear, then, and this is the best part, play by my side. I told Ryan, with five daughters, we won't need to worry about our care in our old age. So, I say to those who warn us of our looming wedding days, I'd rather look forward to 5 daughters' weddings than a dreary rest home.
Oh, and the most important thing? We don't have to rent a place like this for the ceremony:
i would love to have five daughters. what a blessing!ReplyDelete
This post makes me happy :) I just love it.ReplyDelete
*laughs* You tell em, girl! You have it COVERED. My mom and I sewed my wedding dress together, which just made it all the more special to both of us. You have some lucky girls!ReplyDelete
I must admit that until I had daughters I was worried about who would take care of me in my old age.ReplyDelete
You are so lucky to have so many creative and talented relatives for those 5 lovely weddings!
Amen. You do 5 daughters well! Thanks for inspiring the rest of us.ReplyDelete
i say, go for six weddings. that'll show 'em.ReplyDelete
AMEN Mama Dill! I think about my babies and the 4 weddings we will plan someday and can't wait! I never thought it all through, but I can do exactly what you did and what a sly comment to come back with too!ReplyDelete
Thanks for this post. Those are all very sweet thoughts.ReplyDelete
i think your planning is quite impeccable, actually.ReplyDelete
i can provide one handsome groom. (and I have access to others)
That's exactly what we did for my wedding a year ago and I was so proud to be part of such a talented family and so grateful it didn't cost anybody an arm and a leg! My favorite part was sewing alongside my mom in preparation for the temple sealing, we made my dress and a couple accessories. It definitely made for an unforgettable wedding and I will always be grateful to my aunts for cake, decor, and gorgeous photos and to my grandma for our gorgeous bouquets and who was the genius organizer/seamstress/photographer/decorator extraordinare? My mom. Awesome. In fact, as much as she stressed about it, I think she enjoyed it too. :) oh, and since i'm a nurse she knows there will definitely be someone to take care of her which she mentions often...ReplyDelete
I'm a brand new reader but your blog is so lovely I can't help but hope there is a new post on my rss feed every day!! ;-)
I don't know you, really. But we have something or one in common - Jennifer. She left a note up above. When she hasn't posted anything new for a while (her long famine just ended, thankfully) I tend to look at your blog for entertainment. I'll have you know however, her groom she just offered to you is taken already. At least that was our agreement back in 2001 before our firsts were born:) BUT, I have several grooms available myself - in fact, I think I provide the "others" Jen is referencing.ReplyDelete
Very much enjoy reading your posts...
You forgot to mention YOUR cake skills. Fondant? Check. I need a girl to take care of Jamie and me when we get old. Sigh.ReplyDelete
I have 3 daughters and we say the same things,we will be taken care of good when they are older.I would love to have more girls....they are indeed a blessing! :)ReplyDelete
Love the "free" wedding hall!! Thanks for the great post. I get flack sometimes in Seattle for my 3. My sister in Texas gets all sorts of flack for her 8! 5 girls is a treat.ReplyDelete
I have 5 also. . . . 3 girls, 2 boys. Some of "those people" talked to me yesterday & I left that interaction very discouraged. Your post was just what I needed-THANKS!!! Gotta dash--it's storytime!ReplyDelete
Well..I had 5 brothers and I was the only girl.....I was the one who took care of my parents in their old age...and I was glad to do it and grateful for the time spent with them! And I just wore my mom's wedding dress, which her sister had made for her! Thanks for the great post!ReplyDelete
If I had a nickel for every time someone told me to start saving for our weddings, I could almost pay for them! Luckily, there are a lot of talented people who love us and a free venue:) They will will all be lovely!ReplyDelete
I love this post. As for me, after watching how well my dad and his two brothers took care of my grandma in her old age, I have no worries about us having to depend on our three sons someday.ReplyDelete
Ginna's mom says, well written and point taken - check.ReplyDelete
This made me laugh out loud. Seriously, people do really need to think about what they say sometimes haha. I think you will be well taken care of!ReplyDelete
You are definitely set! Do you remember when we stayed up until 3 am finishing my wedding dress the night before I got married? That is a good memory.ReplyDelete
I love this this Irish saying:ReplyDelete
"A son is a son till he takes him a wife, a daughter is a daughter all of her life."
I always think of that when we get those kind of comments about our three girls.
Loved the photos you make a very cute....covered cat?
Oh great post! I'm looking forward to my two (so far) girls hanging around with us for a very long time... I knew all this nose & butt wiping was going to pay off! LOLReplyDelete
I have two under two so I always got "oh you'll be busy!" when I was preggers and "You've got your hands full" now.
UGH ... you think?!
I hate it when people think they know better than me what to do with my life.ReplyDelete
I have 6 siblings, and my mother got strange looks and comments all the time. Like it's a crime to have kids.
I have to say, I have no intention of having more than 3 children, but I don't try to force my opinions on others, or laugh at them (not in their face, anyway ;) ).
And about the wedding, where I live it's very common to have a huge wedding with hundreds of guests, pyrotechnics and a DJ that costs 50,000 $ or so. I think it's stupid and my wedding was a nice family and friend's gathering at my aunt's back yard. People are still give my funny looks when they hear that.
I say, do what's good for you!
YOU'RE AWESOME!!! Love this post!!! I don't have 4 other sisters....only 2 BUT I still chose a simple outdoor wedding. It wasn't elaborate AT all. A friend did our flowers, a friend DJ'd, a friend was my cordinator, a friend helped decorate (October is a GREAT month for weddings....the out of doors is decoration in itself), a friend made our food, a friend of a friend (new photographer BUT awesome) took our pictures. We, including my family, put in time to pull it off but pull it off we did! We had a beautiful day, VERY stress free which is what the day should be anyway right?!!!! You're girls are going to have beautiful wedding days NO matter the amount of $$ spent!!!ReplyDelete
Planning a wedding is why I would have more daughters! My mom has 7 children and doesn't want to live with any of us. She says she wants us to chip off a slab of iceberg and send her off to float the Arctic Ocean like the Eskimos used to do. (wag head, look up to sky) Temples aren't free considering ones tithing contribution- but it's communally supported and that's what I like about it.ReplyDelete
I love that post! It made my day. Yes, and the best part is the ceremony place is free, and fabulous! :)ReplyDelete
oh my, I think as the mother of 5 boys-- I am in trouble! I would happily pay for weddings --what will become of me as a poor old lady?! Actually my boys are very sweet and considerate--but I am the first to admit that is is not the same as daughters--they really are yours always.ReplyDelete
Hi, love the blog!ReplyDelete
I'm the oldest of five girls, we've heard that smarty-pants wedding comment umpteen million times. My dad's response: "We plan on converting to Catholicism; convents, people."
Having four sisters is wonderful. I have four best friends who are more than best friends because of our blood bond. Your sweet girls probably won't know how lucky they are for another 10 or 15 years, but they are. So, so lucky.
I know this post is old, but I just found your blog and have been browsing. We have 6 girls, 5 of whom are married, 4 of us did it in a time span of 2 1/2 years. By the time we got to the last one, we each had a job, one sister did flowers, another cake and food, my mom wedding dress and other attire, we all pitched in with centerpieces and decor and I did the photography. It works great and most were done on a 3k budget or less (we also had the free beautiful location ;)). I LOVE having so many sisters! Wouldn't want it any other way.ReplyDelete