By Casey Fatchett for Bridal Guide
While it may seem like "Breaking Bad" has nothing to do with weddings, they share some central themes: love, family, and money.
1. It's not about the money.
Sometimes, when the dollar signs start flying by, it can be easy to lose track of what it is really all about. While Walter says that everything he does is for his family, when is enough really enough? Don't let the expense of the wedding day overshadow what it is really all about -- and, on the flip side, don't think that throwing money at problems will make them go away.
2. You can't do it all alone.
Even Heisenberg needed distribution. A wedding can be a very complex event with lots of logistics. Your bridal party, your family, and your vendors are there to help you, so let them! But that doesn't give you a license to crack the whip (or throw pizza). People are more likely to help you if you're nice to them!
3. There are some things that are outside your control.
"What? You didn't plan for this contingency? Well, next time you should!" Thanks for the advice, Saul. Remember -- be prepared, and if something goes wrong, roll with it. Freaking out will only make things worse. And on your wedding day, the weather is basically a Mexican drug cartel =- it does what it wants!
4. Don't let your ego get in the way.
Hubris: it can have tragic consequences. It can also blind you to the fact that you are biting off more than you can chew. You're not running an empire, you're getting married! It's about love, not getting people to say your name.
5. It is about being together!
At the end of the day, it is about being married to the person you love. So don't sweat the small stuff! Don't hold grudges! Or else you, like Walt, will lose sight of what really matters…
I actually think Saul Goodman would be a pretty good wedding planner, as long as you don't mind getting married at a laser tag place. But hey, he knows a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy… who will handle all of your travel and name-changing needs, no questions asked!
Casey Fatchett is a New York City-based photographer with more than 10 years experience photographing weddings. He also recently went through the wedding planning process himself, giving him a unique perspective on the wedding industry from both sides of the fence. Learn more at fatchett.com.