...that preparing for a wedding involved so much thought! Sounds weird, I know, coming from someone who's already been married twice, but both of those weddings were small and quick - a JP in Humble, Texas and a wedding on a dock in Islamorada.
My honey wants what he calls a "real" wedding...in a church with music and flowers and all that stuff. And invitations (though I do NOT expect the majority of folks to make the trip). So I've been looking for cheap ways to do things as we have a budget of, oh...about $1.38. I found some cute do-it-yourself wedding invitations at Office Depot. 50 for $33.99, but I haven't bought them yet. I ordered a dress off of eBay (don't laugh!) for only $35. I like it fine, but everyone else seems to have issues with the sleeves. They go all the way to the floor. SO, I just ordered another dress for under $100 that I think will satisfy all, including myself.
The church has been reserved and the music director there is "very excited" to do our wedding. I think I'm a little nervous about that...I mean, I've heard the old guy sing and he's not bad, he just belts it out at a decibel just below ear drum piercing. Not being Methodist and the ceremony being in a Methodist church, I have no clue what to expect. What songs will he sing? I'm sure we have a choice, right? Guess that's what rehearsals are for!
I think I am going to have both my kids "give me away". My BFF is going to be my one and only bride's maid. That leaves my mom and sister sitting in the pews...like I said, I totally expect it to be very small. It'd be great if more friends can show up, but I'm really not counting on it. I wonder if I still have to do the whole "walking down the aisle" thing or if I can just pop in from the side?
Flowers? All I need is a bouquet in my hands, right? Wish it could be orange blossoms and tickseed and goldenrod, but I think those would be hard to find in PA. Can't I just pick some wildflowers???
Reception? OMG...can't we just BBQ at the house and keep it simple? We really do NOT have to dance...trust me!
I'd love to make the reception/BBQ also a geoevent as it was all because of geocaching that we met and most of my friends are cachers. Maybe dual receptions - one here and one there! That'd work...
Oh, so many questions and so much to think about. I see why people elope and why I've never done all this before. But he is special and if this is what he wants, well, then...he'll have it!
Please fell free to chime in with any and all advice you may have. I could sure use it!