The things people will do…

One of our friends has decided that they would love to be our marriage celebrant, so he's decided to do a course, or whatever it is that they do, so that he can marry us. 

We asked him a few weeks ago if he was a JP, as we felt he would be the best person we knew to marry us.  He wasn't, but he told us that someone else thought he should be a celebrant as well, so since it's something he'd like to do as well, he decided he'd go ahead and do what he needed to do to become one.

We think that's just very cool, and are honoured that he would do that for us (as well as himself, of course).  We're looking forward to that time when he'll be our celebrant. 

Wedding Venue

Last weekend we started looking around for a wedding venue.  We had a look at a place that overlooked one of the bays on the southern part of Wellington, with a great view of the ocean towards the south island.  It was nice…

This weekend we looked at a placed called Skyline Restaurant, which is really nice.  But we don't think it's appropriate for our wedding, as we felt the wedding area was too small, and overlooked the restaurant area, allowing people on the outside to look in.  

Today we had a look at Wilton House, which is in the bushland close to where we live.  So far, we like what we've found with that place.  It has the cosy atmosphere, with warmth and comfort, that we're looking for.  It has a fireplace, buffet area, seating area, piano area, dance area….  It also has a pretty cool garden area, which can be where the ceremony is, followed by everyone moving inside for the reception while we get photos taken outside.  That's if it's a nice day, of course.

Anyway, I think we're going with this place so far, but we're still going to look at other venues, and see what we can find.

Engagement Invitation

Last week we got the engagement invitation finalised and sent out. Here's a copy of it for you to see.

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Engagement venue

We've spent probably about 6 weeks trying to work out where we'd have our engagement party. Not completely full-on though, but talking, considering, checking out, enquiring from friends, etc. Eventually we short-listed to a few potential places in the middle of the city.

Last weekend we went to check 'em out. One was closed, but I don't think we were inspired by the external appearance to follow up with a phone call. The other was too expensive. The third one (Scorpio's Welsh Dragon Bar) was closed, but because it was where I had my birthday party (photos) last year, it was an 'essential' part of the short list. I phoned them on Monday and spoke to someone about booking an engagement party with them. Their terms sounded quite reasonable, and included live music and a warm, relaxed environment.

On Wednesday night, Deidre and I went there to discuss the arrangements with the bar manager. Right from the beginning, he took us to where the setting would be, sat us down, and asked us what we'd like to drink – they were on the house. Then, over our free drinks, we discussed everything that they'd do for our engagement party. As a venue, they were free. For them, the money was in the food and drinks that would be bought by all the guests that we'd be having at the party.

So we were there for over half an hour, talking to the manager, discussing arrangements, and enjoying our free drinks. The booking is going ahead at this place, on the evening of the 10th June. It should be fun and relaxing!

The way it's going to work is that we'll be having an 'open party', which means people can come and go during the evening as they please. We're paying for the food throughout the evening, while the guests will be paying for their own drinks. Except for the bottles of wine we'll be supplying, scattered around the room.

I'll take photos, of course, and put them on my photo blog. I'll link to them, don't worry. 🙂

The great journey begins

I've set up this wedding blog to record the adventures of mine and Deidre's wedding plans. As we move forward towards the big day of 15th September 2007, we're going to have plenty of planning to do. Along the way, there's going to be some interesting stories to tell. This blog is where they'll be told.

We've managed to book a venue for the engagement party. It's going to be at Scorpio's Welsh Dragon Bar, in the centre of Wellington, on the evening of 10th June 2006. I'm going to be doing up an engagement invitation as a blog post, and the link to that page will be sent out by email to everyone we're inviting. Those who don't have email will have a printed engagement invitation that we'll send or hand to them.

May as well use this blog for everything to do with the engagement and wedding!

This is what we've done so far with our plans for the wedding:

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Ok, 'nothing' is not quite true… We've had lots of discussions, and we're getting an idea of what we DON'T want. Which obviously means we're getting closer to working out what we DO want! That's pretty exciting….