A Groom With a View

Hi there, my name is Simon, I’m 30 years old and I'm engaged. This already sounds like a support group doesn't it?

by Simon Prentice

I have been writing a blog at simonsaysido.wordpress.com for the past month and I am pleased to now be writing for The Knot as well.

My partner and I got engaged at the end of November 2011, a week before we moved from Christchurch to Brisbane. I proposed in a small, raised and private grassy area which was enclosed by large straight trunked trees in Christchurch’s Botanic Gardens. It was a very fitting place to propose for two reasons. Firstly, we both love that little patch of grass and had visited it early in our relationship. The second reason is that I wanted to create a nice memory for us in our city’s CBD after a year of such destruction. Perhaps it was me being a little nostalgic prior to leaving, but apparently I got the place bang on!

Christchurch Botanic Gardens

As a result, we are now planning our wedding from abroad. This comes not only with its own set of challenges, but also with a lot of advantages that are often overlooked. In the coming months in the lead up to our wedding on March 23rd 2013, I will be giving you an insight into the inner workings of a groom’s brain. Do I have an opinion about napkins, readings or photos? Do those grunts mean anything or are they just our way of saying “I love you, so you pick whatever will get me least in trouble”? These are some topics that I will cover from my point of view.

I have a confession for you. This was not an out of the blue marriage proposal. In fact, it took me nearly eight years to pop the question. I’m not ashamed of this as many would have me think, I have endured many a scornful look from the fairer sex when this figure has been revealed. The reality is that I am just someone who equates being married with being older and responsible.

Groom Simon and his fiance

This leads to my second confession. I have never had any doubts that we’d spend the rest of our lives together since we moved in together after eight months of dating.

Closing in on nine years together, I believe we have a very different attitude towards weddings. After all, our wedding day is the day that I get to tell the world that I want to spend the rest of my life with my best friend. It’s very exciting to me and I have no reservations whatsoever.

So join me on my journey from fiancée to groom to husband. As someone who can always see the funny side of a situation, I’m sure there will be many great tales to tell.

Please feel free to comment or ask questions, I won’t bite!


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