The Cancer Bride's Ultimate Guide to Wedding Planning
If you think wedding planning is tough, know that you're definitely not alone. So many couples find organizing their celebrations to be a tricky task, but we're about to let you in a little secret that makes it so much easier: Some aspects of your wedding are already pre-determined—that is, if you believe in astrology. To help you understand what your astrological sign says about your wedding plans, we asked astrologer and life coach Tracey Rodgers to break down wedding planning based on the zodiac. If you're a Cancer, which means your birthday falls between June 21 and July 22, this guide is for you.
So, what do the stars say about your wedding, you sentimental little crab? This special day is the perfect opportunity to highlight your strong family ties. Including everyone you love will be a huge motivating factor behind many of your decisions, so the sooner you accept the fact that a small wedding probably won't happen, the better off you'll be. Don't forget that Cancers are prone to mood swings, so make an effort to avoid letting the stress of wedding planning negatively impact your spirits. Instead, look at this as a special time to share with your nearest and dearest, and seek out opportunities to share the planning with both new and old family members.
As for what this all looks like on your wedding day, Rodgers expects you to choose all-things traditional. From your venue (ideally your family home) to your dress (hopefully a gown that was worn by family members before you), you'll make an effort to highlight family and your love of classic style and details from start to finish. The one place you may choose to veer off course? Your wedding cake.
The Engagement Ring
A traditional woman at heart, your bound to favor an engagement ring that's no different. A classic diamond ring with a white gold or platinum band is a timeless piece that can be passed down for generations. Bonus points for a stone that's a family heirloom or a vintage number.
Wedding Date and Venue
If your childhood home happens to be a scene straight out of Father of the Bride, you already know where this celebration should take place. A family home, a meaningful childhood vacation spot, or even a relative's property would all make perfect sense for a Cancer bride's ceremony and reception. If a family member's property is out of the question, look to old Victorian homes or country clubs to get the same familial feel. As for the date, whatever works for the majority of your key players will be just fine by you, but if Rodgers had to guess, she'd say you'd prefer a fall wedding.
Rodgers say your wedding dress must tick off two boxes: "It should be elegant and traditional," our expert explains Rodgers. "She'll most likely want to wear something that's been passed down in the family." If that's the case, remember that your "something borrowed" has been taken care of, too. If your mother's or grandmother's gown just won't do, keep an eye out for classic styles with A-line skirts and lacey details.
Size doesn't really matter when it comes to the Cancer bride's wedding party. Instead of focusing on a number, you'll make an effort to include any sisters, cousins, and other important family members. Whether that turns out to be five women or 15 won't really impact your decision. You'll also spend a great deal of time choosing your other attendants. Remember the bride's grandmother who served as her flower girl? This is your wheelhouse. Don't forget about all of the other ways to include those important to you, including readings, ushers, people to hand out programs, or even just a few VIPs who should be invited to your getting-ready suite on the morning of.
When it comes to the stationery, our expert says this is your chance to get creative. "Something crafty or a homemade design is right up your alley," Rodgets explains. Look to rustic designs, or even try your hand at DIYing watercolor invites.
Whether or not you decide to plan a fall wedding, Rodgers says you shouldn't shy away from awe-inspiring centerpieces and lush, full bouquets in moody shades. Lilies, sunflowers, and dahlias in deep hues are all perfect for a fall affair and just so happen to be some of the most gorgeous in the garden. If you're getting married at home, you'll look to what's already growing on the property to inform some of your decisions.
The Wedding Cake
With the possibility of your guest head-count being sky high, don't fret over a many-tiered number. Instead, Rodgers says to choose a manageable size in a design you love, then asking your caterer to supply an enormous, delicious sheet cake that can be cut in the back. Bonus points if you choose a wacky, personalized cake topper that'll crack up your groom.
A sense of home has been the overarching theme throughout your wedding, so carry it through to your honeymoon. Rodgers sees you in "a rented home on an island off the grid where the Cancer bride can be alone with her spouse." And who could blame you for wanting a cozy, romantic getaway? After much socializing with your mom's third cousin once removed, it's understandable you'd need a little quiet time and space to unwind. A tropical drink in the hand also never hurts.