Truth be told, I hate Sundays. That’s when the dreaded Football Game comes on in our house. As someone who only watches figure skating or gymnastics if it happens to be an Olympic year (and occasionally the Kentucky Derby, but only for the hats), it’s safe to say I’m really not into sports. If the subject comes up, I can usually last about 10 seconds before I get bored. When I hear someone mention the name of an animal, I hope they’re talking about a program they saw on the Discovery Channel, not some team whose statistics I’ll be forced to listen to for the next hour. Trades, coaches, players; unless one of them is dating a Kardashian, my brain simply refuses to process any information on the subject. No matter how hard I try, I just can’t force myself to care. This is how a lot of guys feel about weddings.
I don’t think it needs to be this way, where both weddings and football are concerned. If, for example, during half time, the commentators discussed last night’s episode of Pretty Little Liars, I could get into it. Or maybe if they would occasionally dish instead of just reciting statistics; “Johnson’s game is a bit off today, I wonder if it has anything to do with the nasty divorce.” I might find that interesting. Now, of course, it’s football; I wouldn’t expect them to show clips of Say Yes to the Dress in between plays or paint the field in a pink trellis pattern to make it look pretty, but if they would just throw me something, I might actually enjoy a game or two.
The same could be said of weddings, which are typically so female oriented that men often have a hard time wading through the tulle and finding anything of interest (unless you’re marrying someone who actually works in the wedding or event industry). Some men are even fighting back, demanding more involvement in the planning. But many still resign their creative control, even willingly, because they associate weddings with poofy dresses and tiaras and don’t realize there can be a lot more to it than that. Now, I’m not suggesting you kick the pretty to the curb and have a NASCAR-themed wedding (heaven forbid), but here are a few ideas to make your wedding a little more man-friendly and maybe, just maybe, get your hubby elect kind of psyched about the planning. I promise, you won’t have to sacrifice an ounce of style (or hire a Marilyn Monroe look-alike to pop out of the wedding cake).
Are you “man-proofing” your wedding? Comment below or tweet @RachelCravit.