Disruption is a new buzz word for making things happen by changing the paradigm. I’m not a big fan of clichés, but this one makes some sense. I think what makes me nervous is the sense of anarchy behind the word disruption.
Then again, to coin another cliché, you have to break some eggs . . .
A while ago, I came across a reference to a new magazine that was starting up called Catalyst. It is a wedding magazine, but not like the one’s you see on current magazine racks. It is a wedding magazine that is NOT designed for “straight, white, traditionally-beautiful, wealthy couples” as their first Letter from the Editors says.
And I like it a lot. Nice feeling paper, nice layout (not too much wild and crazy use of fonts) and great stories and photographs.
When I first heard about it, I was immediately reminded of my friend Diane Meier’s book, The New American Wedding published in 1995. What an inspiration this book is! And how ahead of its time and yet timeless. She, too, wanted to celebrate the kind of weddings where the bride is not a “costumed princess in a phony pageant.” And the book does just that. Beautifully designed and written, it celebrates weddings that are authentic, personal, and relevant. It helped Mr. Not So Curious and I plan our own celebration.
Catalyst also reminded me of my first wedding, which was definitely non-traditional. Oddly enough, I didn’t think of it as so non-traditional at the time. My mother hand wrote the invitations, the ceremony was held in her living room in front a small group of friends and family, I made my own wedding dress which was blue silk with a pattern of flowers, I carried a bunch of wild flowers and had a ring of wild flowers in my hair, and we had a brunch with the most amazing chocolate wedding cake. There were some nods to tradition: we were married by a rabbi and we had a huppa, although it was held up by four people, which I think was somewhat non-traditional.
All of this seemed perfectly appropriate to me, but in 1970, despite it really being the “’60’s”, this was all pretty revolutionary. Disruptive actually, although I don’t think it had much influence on any one else.
I had a great time at this wedding and a great time at my second.
And if you are interested in knowing more about what Catalyst is up to, here’s a link http://www.catalystwedco.com/magazine
And if you want more inspiration, buy Diane’s book. It’s here on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/The-New-American-Wedding-Changing/dp/0670034622