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As my husband and I planned our wedding together, we carefully discussed every detail, sharing opinions, ideas, suggestions. Although we were fairly young, we were fortunate to have very laissez-faire parents, who each donated money for the wedding costs without adding too much advice. This gave my husband and me a wonderful amount of freedom to plan the wedding we really wanted. Everything was shared, and we put a great deal of effort into having a unique celebration that separated itself from the white-on-white, hotel ballroom, rose petal, limo-rental weddings we'd seen too far too often. We rebelled against the popular notion that a wedding is the "bride's special day" and instead embraced the novel idea that a wedding truly is a celebration of a couple starting a life together. It made the wedding a truly remarkable introduction into married life, where compromise rules all.

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