By Steve Drost, Associate Wealth Manager
The day of my engagement (just last month) was the best day of my life. After a day of anxiety awaiting the proper moment, the time finally arrived. I got down on one knee and she said “Yes.” The 48 hours following my proposal and her acceptance were a whirlwind of awesomeness – countless phone calls, texts, Facebook messages, Snapchats, Instagram posts, Twitter mentions, and even a couple handwritten “Congratulations” cards in the mail (by far the most memorable, by the way). By the time a week had passed, I was finally getting used to seeing the ring on her left hand, and we decided it was time to really start planning our wedding.
All gender bias aside, there are two types of people in this world: those who have been looking forward to planning their wedding since they were a child and those who have not. My fiancée is the former, and myself, the latter. I am very analytical – things either fit or do not fit in the puzzle. So naturally the first thing I did was open up Microsoft Excel and start making the first draft of the budget and guest list. She, more artistic and visually creative, picked up the latest edition of Bridal Guide Magazine. I was researching how much photographers cost and she is asking me if I like coral and ash grey for wedding colors. Not that it’s a bad thing, but there was a difference on where we each wanted to start. I cared more about the lists and data gathering, she more how the day will look and feel. This difference in personalities isn’t a compatibility disconnect or even negative, it’s a good thing! We are just naturally drawn to different bits and details (I’d probably pick blue, grill food, and everyone would be wearing shorts, so thankfully for everyone involved I’m not planning a wedding alone).