This weekend’s wedding

real weddings

First off, let me apologize for my wandering spelling and crazy dates in my last post. I had a packed week that included multiple freelance assignments and preparations for attending my aunt’s wedding. In the future, I’ll endeavor to be more careful. That said, let me remind you that there is still more time to send me your wacky wedding stories, so keep them coming! I’ll accept them until 11:59 p.m. EST tonight.

Now, a few of you requested that I dish on the wedding I flew thousands of miles to attend. In terms of general details, the wedding was held on Saturday at a beach resort. The bridal party colors were vivid red and bright yellow. The ceremony, officiated by a non-denominational lady reverend, was supposed to be held at a gazebo next to a local river, but rain screwed that plan right up. The wedding in its entirety was both a mastery of planning and budgeting – the whole shebang took roughly two months to put together and did not break the bank.

The bride: My aunt, a second-time bride, said to heck with outdated traditions and wore a stunning bright white gown. Which, considering that I’m fairly sure she did not wear white at her first wedding, is fine by me. She looks young for her age and has good skin, so there was nothing ‘too young’ about her dress. It looked a bit like this one from Bridal World, except my aunt did not make that nasty face.

At the ceremony, she took me aside and whispered conspiratorially that she purchased her gown for a mere $50 at a local thrift shop.

The decor: The wedding itself was a simple down-home sort of affair, and thus the decor was of the do-it-yourself variety. Tulle bows, shiny heart confetti, little silver bells (which were waaay too popular with the kids there), and red organza favor bags containing chocolates. There were also a lot of candles – which could have been a risk considering the number of children in attendance but turned out just fine.

The food: Buffet style. Some people are of the opinion that having a wait staff to bring out food is classier, and it may be, but I do enjoy the greater selection that buffet dinners usually afford guests. What wasn’t eaten ended up as a sort of late supper at my parents’ house.

The cake: The cake (see above) was a simple yet elegant three-tiered affair with chocolate and yellow cake swathed in cream cheese icing. The cake maker, a friend of the family, charged only for the ingredients. The roses were artificial but still looked nice.

The bouquet: I caught it, of course…but I’m pretty sure my aunt winged it full speed in my direction, so it was no great feat.

6 Responses to “This weekend’s wedding”

  1. Twistie February 27, 2006 at 4:35 pm #

    Sounds like a lovely wedding, NtB! Congratulations to your aunt, and here’s hoping for a long and happy marriage.

  2. Never teh Bride February 27, 2006 at 4:45 pm #

    Thanks, Twistie! It was moving, of course, but also silly, because our combined families are just like that :-)

  3. Twistie February 27, 2006 at 5:18 pm #

    Moving but silly is the best of all, IMNSHO. ; ) No wedding is complete in my book without a moment of silliness.

  4. jenny February 28, 2006 at 12:39 am #

    Yay for you! I have yet to catch a bouquet, but it’s too late: I’m married. Maybe you can “save up” bouquet-catchings in case you need them later…

    Your aunt and her fab $50 dress sound like a woman after my own heart. Yay for her!

    And Yay for the buffet! With buffets you don’t feel quite so silly eating 3rds or 4ths of your favorites, because unless someone’s watching you and keeping tally with a pencil and legal-pad no one will ever know! (*Ahem.* I should mention that I usually wear a girdle if I suspect that the wedding luncheon will be worth digging into.)

  5. Vicky March 1, 2006 at 4:26 pm #

    I thought you were going to say something negative about that beautiful cake, instead we got teh news that you caught the boquet. Hopefully the myth has some truth to it!

  6. jenny March 2, 2006 at 2:01 am #

    I think it’s a lovely cake! Those fake flowers look real enough to me; and this way your frosting doesn’t taste like you breathed in the bathroom air-freshener, expecially after it’s been baking in the heat for four hours.

    I helped my florist sister-in-law decorate a cake almost exactly like this one day when she was in over her head. Between the two of us, we managed to collapse the top layer onto the middle layer while adjusting the flowers (they’d already stacked everything before we got there). But it’s amazing what you can cover up with loose rose petals! Just don’t tell the bride…