December 15, 2007

Rejected wedding themes

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 11:37 pm by Mitch

I have the impression that women spend most of their single lives daydreaming about their wedding day, down to the detail. Maybe this isn’t the case, but the stack of bridal magazines accruing in our apartment doesn’t suggest otherwise. Myself, I never really thought about it. Getting married always seemed like one of those inevitable life events that happens to everyone sooner or later — a physical part of aging, like gray hair (in fact, I’ve recently found one of those on my head, too!). Why waste energy thinking about it before it happens?

Well, that’s not quite true. I did have this vague notion that my wedding would be different, somehow, than most. That I’d reject traditional mores and come through with the most innovative and hilarious wedding concept the world had ever seen. Any schmoe can put on a tuxedo or a white dress and mumble some vows. I wanted to wow people. Unfortunately, in my imagination there was never another person with veto power over my ideas. Here are just a few of my brilliant ideas that have already been rejected.

Theme: Goth wedding
Signature Moment: I am standing at a black altar wearing white face paint and black lipstick. My groomsmen are dressed in Druidic robes. A minor-key rendition of “Here Comes the Bride” plays on a synthesizer as four pall bearers carry a coffin down the aisle. They place the coffin upright next to me and the lid falls open. Molly is inside, painted as a corpse. I hand her a bloodied cow’s heart. She takes a massive bite of the heart to symbolize her internalizing of my love for her. Guests are invited to hail Satan.
Why It Was Vetoed: Molly is a vegetarian.

Theme: Mime wedding
Signature Moment: We deliver our vows in pantomime. These vows include walking through strong winds for one another, pushing heavy boxes together, and being trapped in giant, invisible boxes until death do us part.
Why It Was Vetoed: Marcel Marceau was the only qualified officiant (RIP).

Theme: Superhero wedding
Signature Moment: I am dressed as Batman, my wedding party as the Justice League. As we are introduced at the reception, an actor dressed as the Joker swoops in and steals Molly away. I tie his ankles with a line attached to the Batarang, and then pummel him in a realistic fashion. I later forget to pay him.
Why It Was Vetoed: Molly wanted to be Wonder Woman. Batman would never marry Wonder Woman! That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.



December 12, 2007

Registry Fun

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 2:40 pm by Molly

According to The Knot, one of the first things we should do as a newly engaged couple is to register for gifts. Now, as a girl this is something I really look forward to. You get that little gun and basically get an adult version of The Super Toy Run I used to dream about as a child. It’s not even about actually getting the stuff, it’s the excitement of it all.

In reality, we don’t want to ask for a ton of stuff we don’t need. We’ve been living together for over a year now, so there are things we already have. My parents got us pots and pans for Christmas last year along with a single cup coffee maker, so we’re really set on a few of the big items. Our plates are mis-matched and we could definitely use more cereal bowls, so perhaps a set of dishes would be a good idea.

Figuring out what to ask for isn’t as hard as where to register. I’ve formed a list of places that we can easily get to. Places like Crate and Barrel, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Target. I’m just not sure if we need to register at that many places. They all have access to registries online which is definitely key in this day and age. However, they all have pretty much the same types of things. (Although, Mitch thinks it would be nice to register for a 24 pack of toilet paper at Target and I can’t say I disagree with the idea). I hear it’s a good idea to register for different types of items at each place. Example: I would hate to get 2 different sets of champagne flutes because I got scan happy and forgot we’d already registered for a set. Would it be weird to take a copy of your registry to another store to make sure this sort of thing doesn’t happen?

Registering is definitely on what I’m calling “The Fun List”. This list is good to go to when other aspects of planning start to seem stressful or daunting. Probably a good place to start.


December 10, 2007

Getting started

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 5:33 pm by Mitch

Getting engaged was a gleeful, giddy experience, and the excitement lasted for a good several hours before our thoughts turned to planning the wedding. I think we wanted to simply enjoy the afterglow of the proposal for a couple weeks, but it’s impossible not to start thinking about what song you’d like for your first dance, who’s on the guest list, and which of your dudes to line up behind you.

There are logistics to consider, even this early. We know a few couples who are getting married next year, and we can’t overlap. Two very good friends of mine are marrying each other in the fall. I think we have to wait until they schedule their wedding before we can schedule ours. It’s especially important because he’s in my wedding and I’ll be in his, so we have to make sure we’ve got enough room to take care of ourselves and each other. Maybe it would be a good idea to wait until they schedule their wedding, and then have ours the week beforehand so we get all the attention.

No, probably not.

The only other important thing to note is that, so far, the prices at every place we’ve looked have made me want to throw up in my mouth. And we’ve been looking at the moderately priced sites linked from The Knot. I can’t even look at the expensive sites out of curiosity, because then I might be moved to kidnap Molly and take her to Vegas.