A letter from the editor

This story first appeared in the Fall/Winter 2018 issue of Columbus Weddings, published in June 2018.

My husband and I are at the age when seemingly everyone we know is getting married. It started in 2012, when we each saw younger sisters tie the knot in July and September. Since then, it's been a whirlwind of “I dos,” first dances and open bars. The peak of it all was the 2015 wedding season, which began with our own wedding and ended with another of my sisters getting married, much to the chagrin of our father, who financially backed both events.

This year is nearly as crazy: we have the weddings of some of our best friends in back-to-back weekends, one the same day as my husband's birthday and the big day of Columbus Weddings' own art director, Alyse Kordenbrock.

You'd think that four years of putting together a biannual weddings magazine would make planning one's own a bit of a cakewalk, especially when you opt for an intimate, family-only event at a favorite German Village restaurant. But Alyse has discovered that planning a wedding can be stressful no matter the size of the event or your own level of experience with others' big days.

That's where I like to come in.

Whether it's dispensing advice to Alyse or any of my other engaged friends, or crafting a comprehensive guide in the form of the magazine you now hold in your hands, I want to make the wedding-planning process as easy as possible for Central Ohio brides and grooms.

Which is why, in this issue, you'll find detailed information about the latest trends in wedding gowns and reception décor, tips for writing your own vows, inspiration for your engagement photos and so much more. And of course our regular packages, such as our fashion photo shoot—this time featuring gowns from Twirl at The Estate at New Albany—and our extensive guide to reception venues, are back and as helpful as ever.

Planning a significant party, whether it's for 30 people or 300, is a major task. But it doesn't have to be a stressful one! Arm yourself with the information found here and on our website at columbusweddingsmag.com, and you'll be prepared to handle anything your engagement throws your way.

Happy planning!

Emma Frankart Henterly, Editor