The last couple of years have been tough for everyone, but after postponing her wedding five times (yes, really) due to the ongoing pandemic, comedian Tara Cannistraci is doing her best to see the silver lining from all of the chaos.
"The worst part was I picked a venue that wasn’t a traditional banquet hall, so I wasn’t just rebooking and coordinating dates for a few vendors, it was a massive amount," the New York-based star exclusively tells Morning Honey. "Our wedding will be at the Bronx Zoo, and I had to rebook everything from the lights to the peacocks!"
"Early 2020 I was over the moon. By the beginning of 2022, I felt like I had the weight of the moon on my shoulders. I had lost all momentum and if I’m being honest, it felt daunting to get back into the planning zone," she recalls. "I had lost all my mojo, so I created the light at the end of the tunnel first — I booked my honeymoon. I had something more to look forward to than just the 'big day' — I had 18 days after that too! That’s when I was able to get reinvigorated about font styles on overpriced cardstock!"
Since others are most likely dealing with the same issues, Cannistraci advises to "get the expectation that planning a wedding is the 'best time of your life' out of your head."
"You're not alone — they make movies like Father of the Bride so we can laugh about it, because we know if they made the movie, Mother of the Bride, it would be a horror film," she quips.
During these stressful times, Cannistraci, who has "always" been drawn to comedy, wants others to "find time for self-care, watch a comedy special, or, now that it’s safe, go to a live comedy show. Escaping for 90 minutes and laughing is a way to stay positive. It sounds cliché — but there’s a reason why they say laughter is the best medicine."
Fortunately, Cannistraci is now living her dream, which is something she is grateful for. "I get paid to make people laugh. I love what I do, from the writing of a new joke, to the delivery to an audience, to sharing an experience with strangers, I’m happy most when I’m working. If I’m having a bad day, I actually say, 'A least I get to go to work tonight.' How many people can say that about their 'jobs?'" she notes.
Going forward, Cannistraci has a different view on life. "I would say the only thing left on my bucket list is to enjoy the ride. No more focusing on what I want to do the next day, year or decade," she says. "I want to truly enjoy where I am in life and comedy on a daily basis. So aside from being a world wide traveler on my days off, my bucket list is down to one item — be present exactly where my two feet are standing at the moment."
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