It all started at the hairdressers. Encased in foils and unable to extend my arms far enough to reach my usual magazine of choice, I settled on a bridal magazine and flipped through with low expectations.
An hour later I was eagerly making my way through a whole pile. Now they’re the one magazine I’ll willingly buy and there’s a growing stack by my bed.
The catch? I have no wedding to plan. I’m not engaged and I don’t plan to be for the next few years. I don’t even know anyone getting married anytime soon, but bridal magazines have become my new life bible.
They’re an untapped source of endless nuggets of wisdom that have nothing to do with weddings.
1. There is no situation that can’t be fixed with good food and lots of booze.
Seriously. Put people in a room with flowing alcohol and delicious food (bonus points for things like late-night greasy burgers, antipasto platters and huge cakes) and you’re guaranteed to have a good time. Same goes for nights in.
Why is it only reserved for weddings? It’s bloody fabulous. Wake up before your alarm? Managed the day on just one coffee? Throw that stuff everywhere.
3. They give your bank balance a self-esteem boost.
All the people in these pages have spent at least $20,000 on a single day, while your savings are sitting happily in your account. #smug
4. Treat yo’ self.
There is one piece of advice all bridal magazines have in common; brides must treat themselves to massages, manicures and skincare in the days leading up to the wedding. My takeaway here? If you’ve got a new job, have an event coming up or just need a pick-me-up, treat yourself. Stop waiting for a wedding or enormous life milestone as an incentive.
5. When in doubt, put candles and flowers out.
Messy bedroom? Throwing a dinner party and haven’t had chance to clean or tidy up? Feeling a little down? Candles and flowers fix everything.
6. Photograph the sh*t out of everything.
Forget the ‘Live in the moment’ ethos for a second – photograph everything. Yes, memories are great but you can’t frame them and unfortunately the finer details begin to fade. Y
Maybe not all the time... Image: Tumblr
7. Sometime it's best not to DIY.
I love a jam jar and cute hipster details as much as the next person, but DIY isn't for everyone. A smart person knows when to attempt a home job and when to head to Kmart.
8. Talking to people is actually ok.
Remember the days when strangers actually greeted and talked to each other instead of being glued to your phones? Well, no me neither but it's a nice idea. Weddings involve forced interactions with friends, relatives and strangers alike - and that's not a bad thing. Step outside of your comfort zone on other days, chat to people you wouldn't normally and you'll be surprised by how many amazing stories and life experiences people have to share. (Watch: People share their biggest regret about their weddings. Post continues after video.)
9. But don't freak out when the plan doesn't go to plan.
No amount of organisation or meticulous planning can prevent things going wrong in life. Drunk best man? Public transport down on the day you need to be at an early meeting? Local supermarket all out of Ben and Jerry's Half Baked Ice-cream? You've got to learn not to stress over the things you have no control over and embrace the times things go a little wayward. (Post continues after gallery.)