I added "Spry Validation Text Field" to force users to fill out certain fields (5 fields total). But now the page takes about 5 full seconds to load.

Is this something, you just have to deal with when using that?
I used Dreamweaver CS4 to insert the spry, and i didnt change anything.

I know thats the reason because i added a spry validation to another field on a different site, and it slowed that page down too.