We’ve all heard this phrase when it comes to weddings: “I’ve been dreaming about this day since I was a little girl”, but how much of your dreams actually come true? We’re thinking that your five year old self might have had a few different ideas…
One thing that our five year old selves definitely didn’t take into consideration is a wedding budget, and with a limitless budget comes limitless imagination. Something else that didn’t cross our young minds? The time and effort that wedding planning takes. So really, it’s no wonder our wedding dreams aren’t panning out the way we talked about in primary school!
Love at first sight
After watching so many Disney films, the perfect idea of meeting ‘the one’ after your first dip in the dating pool (or him waking you up from a deep sleep with his magical kiss, etc) and then going on to live happily ever made sense. But the truth is, you probably had to find kiss a fair few frogs along the way to find the right one, and that first meeting when he accidentally poured his drink down you at a bar wasn’t your most ‘fairytale moment’ either.
And speaking of that magical, fairytale moment – we’re sure your hubby-to-be is the best thing ever, but he probably doesn’t have the smoothness of The Little Mermaid‘s Eric, or the long blonde locks of Pocahontus’ John Smith, or even more disappointingly, Aladdin’s magic carpet; the three main components of the perfect man in your infant self’s eyes… obviously.
Then there’s the dress. When you were little, it’s almost inevitable that you pictured yourself in a Cinderella-type dress. No matter what type of bride you are now – even today’s most alternative brides, – that sparkling ball gown and elegant up-do was prime inspiration. Plus, how easy was it for her to get ready!? Bibbidi bobbidi boo! (Let’s just hope your dress and doesn’t disappear at midnight…)
Horse and carriage
Without the idea of money being an issue, getting that golden horse and carriage shouldn’t be a problem. After all, number one: it’s an essential to every young girl’s wedding, and number two: if worst comes to worst, you can just grow a pumpkin and your fairy godmother will sort it all out, right?
A castle full of guests
With the idea of actually paying for your special day never even crossing your mind, your plans of inviting every single person you’ve ever met in your life by the time the day comes round never seemed like a problem. If the Disney princesses got to invite the whole country, why couldn’t you? Hundreds of guests = lots of save the dates, lots of invitations, a very big wedding venue, and a whole lot of money. (Looking back makes you even more excited for that small, intimate beach ceremony you’ve got planned).
Endless line of bridesmaids
If you counted all the girls that you’ve pinky-promised could be one of your bridesmaids over the years (and you’ll be theirs when they get married too, obviously), it will probably be a long, long list. Just imagine how hectic the bridesmaid dress shopping would be.
Traditional in every way
Why? Because you know no other way! It’s not until a bit later in life that you’ll realise “actually no, I don’t want a white dress” or “actually no, I don’t want all my bridesmaids [however many you decided on having in the end] to be matching”. That may be when you stop being dressed by your parents and develop your own sense of style, or that you realise you just really don’t like tulle.
You always wanted the grandest entrance possible, something a little more than walking into the reception room holding your new hubby’s hand – hello reception venue with a spiral staircase! And how about a musical accompaniment as you walk down those stairs? Nowadays, most of you can’t think of anything worse – you’re already worried about the ‘all eyes on you’ thing!
A cake as high as the ceiling
Because which kid doesn’t like cake! When you’re little, the cake is going to be the marvel of the whole wedding day – the more you think about what you want to have, the more extravagant it becomes. A cheese cake could not sound less appealing to mini-you, and the now-incredibly popular naked cake just is too ‘naked’ for you – you need more icing, you need more sprinkles, and you definitely need more chocolate.
It’s not a children’s imagination without talking animals, is it? We mean, they’re in all of the Disney films aren’t they – they’re even wedding guests. It just doesn’t seem like a real Princess wedding without walking-talking animals, does it? Okaaay no, we do know that won’t happen, but we do love to see pets at weddings! Check out these cuties…