Welcome to Columbus Weddings

My husband and I love to watch The Joy of Painting on Netflix. Something about Bob Ross's soothing voice and gorgeous creations just says “perfect night in” to us. But I think my favorite thing about Ross's show is when he talks about “happy little accidents” that come together during the course of his process. He willingly embraces imperfections, recognizing that they're what make an artist's work unique.

The fact is, this magazine is full of happy accidents, too. I'd be lying if I said everything in our production cycle has gone according to plan. And unless you're Martha Stewart, I bet you'll be able to say the same of your wedding day when the time comes. Any number of things could pop up as potential mishaps: A groomsman might forget part of his wardrobe (see Page 16), the bride might forget to print her vows (Page 159) or an important guest might fall ill and be unable to attend (Page 80). But at the end of the day, these elements will be what set your wedding day apart and make it uniquely yours. With luck and a positive attitude, any accidents you encounter will become happy ones.

As you plan your wedding, you'll probably hear some variation of the phrase “all that matters is that at the end of the day, you'll be married” repeated ad nauseam, until you're ready to throw the centerpieces out the window and elope. That was true for me, a hard-core Type-A personality who refuses to accept anything but perfection. But you know what? The sentiment is oft-repeated because it really is true … not that it's much consolation when you're facing a toppled cake or a ripped dress.

The best way to avoid such disasters? Careful planning. That's where we come in. With the help of this magazine and the resources at columbusweddingsmag.com, we hope you'll have everything you need to plan your big day. From choosing an officiant (Page 74) to making the best musical selections (Page 174), we're here to help you with every aspect of your wedding.

Happy planning!

Emma Frankart Henterly, Editor