Saturday, February 14, 2009

4 weeks and 1 day

Four weeks from this very minute, we will be at our wedding rehearsal. That means that in 4 weeks and 1 day from this very minute, we will be on our way to our HONEYMOON, after just leaving the wedding reception!! Does it get more exciting?? Oh, yes, I'm sure it will. As far as wedding plans go, there's not much left to do but sit back and wait. And while waiting, continue working 40 hours a week, sleeping 56 hours a week, and hanging out together the rest of the time.

This week, I got my dress back from the alterationist. It was more expensive than I had hoped. But, considering that I got the dress on ebay for $35, I guess I can't really complain too much. It's still worth more than I've paid for it so far. And now it fits me perfectly! She also made a bustle for it, so that, during the reception, I don't have to trip over the train.

We met with Mom and Dad this week, to discuss the ceremony. We told Dad some of the verses we want to have included. We decided (maybe I decided and Rodgers just went along with it...) that we would simply say "I do" or "I will" rather than repeating or reciting the vows. Much simpler that way.

I was thinking about the music today. I chose a passage from The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis to be read after we light the unity candle. I had chosen an instrumental song to be played behind the reading. Turns out that the reading, when I read it aloud myself, is twice as long as the music. And...I don't have any other songs that are long enough that I like as much as the one I had chosen. I think we may just play 2 short songs behind it. And that will be fine.

The other thing about songs is something quite significant. For the past 5 or so years, I've been dead set on having At Last, by Etta James, played as my husband and I walk back up the aisle at the end of the ceremony. There's a commercial on lately, I think for a cruise line, that plays One Love, by Bob Marley. It's such a fun song that it's got me thinking...maybe I want to have that one played as we walk out. We could play At Last at the beginning, while the mothers are being seated and lighting their candles. Then it would still be in the wedding, as has been my dream.

(At Last - Etta James - I'm not sure the video there is appropriate, but it's the only one of the recording that I can find...I don't like the live versions much)

(One Love - Bob Marley)

So basically, all that's left to do before the rehearsal is to pay for the cake! And buy an aisle runner. And decide how people are going to throw birdseed at us. But that's it!

For all those in the Dallas area, we're having a come & go pre-wedding party in Arlington on the 28th. You should all get invitations next week. If you don't, let me know, and if you are someone that we know (as opposed to a random blog reader) I'll make sure you get invited. :)

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