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FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: Big wedding ideas

Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 9:34 am


I always assumed, wrongly, that I didn’t have to participate in the wedding planning phase. My job is to show up on the right date, to the right location, say the right name at the alter and then take over when wedding night arrives.

I guess I was living in a TV show. As it turns out, I’m expected to not only be involved in the planning process but actually put some thought into it.

So let me rundown a few things I have put together for what is certain to be a big September party:

1.      A little dance. I don’t want to let too much out, but I’ve been working on my moves for the dance floor. I plan on taking off my shirt, too, so let us all hope my six-pack is in full form by then.

2.      Barbecue. This might be the only suggestion I made that didn’t draw a “you’re kidding me” stare from Holly followed by: “why do you say things to make me mad?” What’s a southern-themed wedding without a little BBQ at the reception? This will happen. Don’t show up uninvited, either, because I get cranky when there isn’t enough food for my second helping.

3.      Speaking of the reception, I plan to have a TV in the corner with college football playing. Once again, I ask, what’s a southern-themed wedding without a little football? Now I haven’t run this one by Holly yet but rest assured it will happen – I am boss of planning.

4.      Pre-wedding video game tournament. This is a great way for the guys to loosen up. Once again, I haven’t pushed this by Holly yet but as long as no games go into overtime then we should be done in time to hit the aisle. If we are a little late … well, video games are serious business.

5.      For those of you who know me you know I’m a baseball guy. So we need a baseball-themed wedding. The preacher will be dressed like an umpire, I’ll be in full uniform and if I can convince Holly to do away with that dress of hers then she will be in a ball girl outfit. Once again, I haven’t put this one by her but if she wants me to partake in wedding planning then she has to at least pacify my wild ideas.

6.      Make crazy suggestions so I’m no longer asked for my input. Darn.

-Josh Peterson is a Tennessee Press Association award-winning writer and photographer and is the editor of the Manchester Times. He can be reached by email at or by telephone at 931-728-7577 ext. 105. Follow him on Twitter @joshpeterson29.