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In Praise of the 29-Year Old Bride
One Cosmo editor reveals why she wouldn't say yes if her long-term boyfriend proposed today— and why she gives props to Waity Katie. BY ZOE RUDERMAN
I have a confession to make: I look at wedding dresses online. A lot. I'm not in the market, but I just really enjoy virtually browsing through the gowns and imagining what I would look like in them. I'm guilty of doing the same with engagement rings, though only a handful of times. Again, not in the market. And I'd be lying if I said I've never put any thought into what song I want to use for my first dance. To anyone who doesn't know me well (or has looked over my shoulder while I'm at work browsing Gilt Bridal), I probably seem like the kind of girl who's dying to get married. But actually, if Kris, my boyfriend of nearly four years, proposed tomorrow, I'd say no. Not because I don't love him. I do. And not because I can't imagine spending the rest of my life with him. I can. And not because I'm morally opposed to marriage or anything. I'm not. I just happen to think 27, my current age, is too young to say I do. Which is why I love that the most famous bride of the year— and probably the century—was almost 30 when she walked down the aisle. Frankly, I've gotten sick of hearing everyone get all excited about celebs in their early twenties (Avril Lavigne, Kate Hudson, Heidi Montag, the list goes on...) tying the knot. And I always feel like a cynical, jealous bitch when I say things like, "Sheesh, what's the rush?" or "That's not gonna last" or "Heidi, what the hell did you do to your face?" Oh wait, that last one had nothing to do with getting married young. But watching Kate walk down the aisle, I wasn't grumbling about anything. I was giving her props. She was making it cool to get married at 29. Let me be clear. I don't think 27 is too young for all people and that every single woman should hold off till 29. I have lots of friends who got hitched younger than that, couples I think were totally ready and will be together for a looong time (shout out to Jess and Corey!). And it's not like I go to weddings where the bride and groom are in their early or mid-twenties and scoff at their decision. It's just that I can't relate to their decision. But I can relate to Kate. Not to the whole becoming royalty thing (damn), but about waiting till 29 to say I do. Yes, I know they called her Waity Katie, but I think at least some part of Katie was making the choice to waity. She knew that exchanging vows before she and Wills were both ready would be a bad idea. And I bet there was a lot she still wanted to do before becoming Mrs. Windsor. And I'm with her—I want to check off a few more things on my life to-do list before becoming a married woman. Travel, moving up in my career, adding a bit more to my savings account, finally learning how to cook a Thanksgiving meal.
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