Look, I’m not here to brag. I’m really not. I’m actually a very humble person. In fact, I was fine foregoing the ostentatious — and dare I say, archaic — expense of a wedding. For me, a simple courthouse ceremony would have been enough because I don’t need a fancy ceremony to prove my love. I mean, look at my Instagram posts. We are so in love.
But as someone who puts the needs of others before her own, I had to do what I felt was in the best interest of my partner, friends, and family. I wanted to give them their special day, you know?
Unfortunately, I was unable to invite everyone to my wedding (I know, I feel absolutely terrible about this). So I’ve decided to share with you the 10 details that I believe really set my special day apart. Not that it’s a competition. I definitely don’t believe that at all.
Oh, and just in case you’re wondering, I did not begin planning my wedding until after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality. I mean, no offense to those who did, I just personally couldn’t have lived with myself.
Here's how my wedding literally saved the world. (Totally not my words, you guys. This is just what all my guests told me.)
1. The bridesmaids carried rescue puppies in lieu of flowers.
2. The flower girls were actually refugee children.
3. Instead of exchanging vows, my husband and I exchanged carefully constructed strategies on how to solve the global economic crisis.
4. In lieu of gifts, each guest was asked to plant a tree to combat climate change.
5. Instead of a photo booth, we had Annie Leibovitz do a portrait session with everyone in attendance. The value of their take-home prints will only accumulate with time, and most likely pay for their kids' college tuition.
Keep reading for more totally real wedding inspo.
6. Our live band actually was actually U2 performing a benefit concert to end Third World hunger.
7. Six of the guests were reconnected with their estranged fathers during the father-daughter dance.
8. Instead of tossing a bouquet, I handed every woman a paper affirmation, reminding them that they were all beautiful creatures and didn't need a man to complete them.
9. The organic dinner menu was created entirely through sustainable farming practices, and later composted to produce an edible garden for an inner-city school.
10. The production of our wedding created 75 new jobs alone.
Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.