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My trainer got married.

Actually, my trainer got married a few weeks ago in Costa Rica, but he had the celebration in Houston for friends and extended family on Saturday. I knew it'd be a lot of fun. Wooch is one of the most fun guys I know. He'd emphasized over and over that again that dancing was going to be a key part of his wedding celebration, and he was right. He was a little worried on Thursday that rain was going to be an issue, since the wedding was at a venue that was indoor/outdoor and 250 people had RSVPed to say that they were coming. It sprinkled a little, but that didn't seem to bother anyone at all. Dancing, making merry, and just being happy for Wooch and Jill was enough.

I liked the way this wedding worked. It was exactly what the bride and groom wanted. Celebration instead of ceremony. Close family at the exchange of the vows and partying with friends. Honeymoon combined with the ceremonial aspects. They were down in Costa Rica for nearly two weeks. The first week, with the closest family and two friends. And the second week off honeymooning alone. And then this week, getting ready for Saturday's celebration, complete with beer, barbeque, a band, and--in lieu of a wedding cake--an ice cream truck. I imagine that they're a bit weddinged out by this point.

I am under orders to elope. Well, I'm under a sort of a strong suggestion to elope. My father has wedding phobia, which is sort of weird considering a) how much he likes to party, and b) how much fun he has at weddings (incluing the one on Saturday night). I think it's just an automatic reflex. Plus he's heard how much they cost, which is admittedly astronomical. What's funny about it, though, is that we throw big parties in my family all the time. My brother can throw a birthday party for himself for approximately 300 people, at under $1000 without really thinking about it much. My mother usually ends up doing her own catering for rather fancy affairs for arts organizations. We went all out for my mom's 60th birthday party, we went crazy for my dad's 64th, my dad was the first one to volunteer to throw my great-aunt's 90th. Hell, every year we invite 200 people to the ranch for the Christmas Tree Cutting Party without breaking a sweat.

But the whole wedding thing just gives him the heebeejeebees.

I think he thinks that if his daughters get married they're going to insist on a big traditional wedding that his friends' daughters have. Where he got that idea, I have no clue. None of us have ever had any indication that we want a big fancy wedding. None of us are particularly religious, so the ceremony part isn't that big of a deal for us. It's really just the party that's important. And yeah, it will cost something to throw a party, but like I said, we do it all the time.

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tourogal
Nov. 21st, 2005 06:16 pm (UTC)
must be nice to have a choice about the kind of wedding you want. i know nothing about that.
rainbow
Nov. 21st, 2005 07:41 pm (UTC)
maybe you need to just tell him what kind you want! are you thinking about getting married now???? xoxoxox from boo
texaslawchick
Nov. 21st, 2005 11:26 pm (UTC)
I think he's going to be petrified about it from now until the end of time. He unfortunately saw Father of the Bride at an impressionable age (uh, sometime in his 50s). I could tell him that I have no plans on getting married from now until the end of time, and he'd still be worried about it. And he doesn't go to nearly as many weddings as I do.

As for me getting married, not any time soon. I have to get used to the "not being single anymore" concept, and at least live in the same city as my boyfriend for a long while before I can start thinking about that stuff.
rainbow
Nov. 21st, 2005 11:55 pm (UTC)
i am very glad i did not miss a big anounsement!!!! and i am happyhappyhappy that you finded a good boy!!!! xoxoxoxoxo love from BOO ps see my HAIR?
daojones
Nov. 22nd, 2005 12:15 am (UTC)
They don't have to be astronomical. Mine was quite nice (although I wish I'd been marrying someone else), with about 125 people, and probably cost about $5000 or so. I'll tell you all that entailed if you're curious, but it was definitely nice. I didn't feel anything was lacking.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 22nd, 2005 03:03 pm (UTC)
Dept. of Funny Coincidences
'Stina-

More odd coincidences. I've been a member of Timberline forever, though I don't go NEARLY enough.

Anyway: Erin and I got married back in October, and had our reception at Indian Summer. About an hour into our reception, I looked over to the door of the barn, and there was Wooch and his fiancee. ISL told them to come by and see how the place worked in a real party, but he had no idea it was our wedding. I guess they liked what they saw!

Houston's a small town sometimes.

chet farmer
texaslawchick
Nov. 22nd, 2005 04:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Dept. of Funny Coincidences
Heh. I was reading Neil Gaiman's latest Anansi Boys over the weekend, and there's a passage about how the world really has only 500 people in it that keep running into each other and/or avoiding each other. The 500 people are the main cast and everyone else is just an extra. I find that to be pretty accurate.
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