Oct 14, 2005
We were not looking for a traditional wedding, but rather a really nice day with our friends and family. I must say that the day ended up being far more than I ever could have imagined (I know, I know, everyone says that...). The single most important thing for us was to have a day that reflected how we like to spend our time...which is enjoying lazy days with our friends and family. We were just a bit more dressed up as the bride and groom!
Here are a few items that we planned into the wedding:
* Worked with our officiant to tailor our vows to something meaningful for us. We still refer to them today.
* Instead of a wedding party, we had the children of our closest friends and family stand in as flower girls and ring bearers
* Embraced kids (we had 24 kids under the age of 4 present) by hiring nannies and entertainment for them (a balloon artist)
* Encouraged people to be comfortable...wear whatever they wanted...and we were serious about it. We didn't want anyone to feel like they had to get gussied up.
* Had a good friend photograph the day, which made it so personal.
* Got a photobooth because people are always so happy in those photos...which is what we wanted...happy guests
* Planned for a number of fun food-tasting stations throughout the day/evening to keep people mingling and talking about what was being served. We included a port and chocolate tasting, cigar bar, cheese bar, caviar bar, and olive oil tasting. Yum!
* Had a wine tasting following the ceremony where everyone could taste the winery's offerings.
* Informally planned an afterparty for the younger generation...and surprisingly, most of the older generation turned up as well. It worked out well because we weren't ready for the day to end.