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This story first appeared in the Spring/Summer 2020 issue of Columbus Weddings, published December 2019.

I’m writing this issue’s letter from my couch, feet up on the coffee table, exhausted after a daylong photo shoot for our fashion feature. Today I was struck, as I often am, by the similarities between our photo shoots and a wedding day. Each requires meticulous planning: hair stylists and makeup artists to schedule, florists and venues to book, gowns and jewelry to choose.

This morning was especially difficult. Our team had to reimagine our carefully laid plans after we were hit with a surprise rain shower that lasted from the time I woke up at 5 a.m. until the very late morning.

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At the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, as I was lamenting our misfortune and hurriedly trying to construct a Plan B, our point of contact for the museum, Shelly Hoffman, approached me. “They say it’s good luck to have rain on your wedding day,” she said. “Maybe it’ll be the same for your wedding shoot.”

In fact, almost nothing about the day went according to plan. And it was all absolutely wonderful. It seems that the adage about wedding-day rain, at least in this case, held true for us as well.

Like with our shoot, you simply can’t plan for every contingency of your wedding day. Big or small, something unexpected always happens. And that’s OK. Sometimes, it’s even better that way.

That’s not to say that careful planning isn’t important, of course. In our shoot and on your wedding day, thorough preparation—including the hiring of a dream team of wedding pros—makes all the difference between happy accident and total disaster.

And that’s where we come in. In these pages, you’ll find helpful tips to plan virtually every aspect of your big day, from choosing an engagement ring right down to planning your honeymoon. But it doesn’t end here!

We’re excited to offer the newly launched Countdown Club, a free membership program that includes a weekly newsletter with articles, tips and more. Countdown Club also features a free subscription to Columbus Weddings, delivered every six months until your wedding date; access to exclusive giveaways and events; and much more. Sign up at cbuswedmag.com/Countdown.

We’re also thrilled to announce the launch of our Best of Columbus Weddings reader survey. For the first time, anyone from engaged couples to longtime partners can vote for their favorite wedding vendors in more than 40 categories, helping you find the best in the city. Vote for your faves at cbuswedmag.com/BestOf through Feb. 7, 2020; we’ll announce the winners in our June 2020 issue.

Finally, our most exciting announcement of all: For the first time in our 20-year history, we’re opening up our Real Wedding submissions to everyone. If your wedding took place in Central Ohio—that’s Franklin County and the counties surrounding it—we want to see it! Share your story with us at cbuswedmag.com/Submit.

And be on the lookout for even more exciting changes in store for Columbus Weddings next year; make sure you join the Countdown Club so you don’t miss a thing. Until then, we’re here to help you create the day of your dreams.

Happy planning!