Wedding in a Box ”“ All Accessories Included!

Bees, I’ll admit that when we first started planning a wedding in Ohio from Switzerland, I was pretty apathetic about planning my dream wedding from far far away. I didn’t want to burden Mama Funnel Cake who would be doing most of the legwork for me.

In fact, in that first email that my mother wrote me about dates, she had already talked to one of my sister-in-laws and told me they favoured having the wedding at St. Chris in Grandview, the reception at Our Lady of Victory Hall in Upper Arlington and the catering by Berwick, a tried-and-true local catering company.


Whelp, pack your bags folks. No more blogging here. Funnel Cake wedding planning is all done!

(Box via Party Stuff Online, Graphic Text by me.)

Throw in a wedding cake from where we buy birthday cakes from:


(Image via Golden Delight Bakery)

An affordable dress from Craigslist:


($75 dress via Craigslist Ad)

”¦and don’t forget to book the band we’ve used for two previous Funnel Cake sibling weddings. In one fell swoop, Mama Funnel Cake had laid the grounds for our wedding plan in less than 24 hours after learning of our engagement.

But it was almost depressing how normal and unlike ourselves the wedding seemed. I couldn’t help feeling a pang of helplessness over the long distance wedding planning. Should I just resign myself to going along with whatever is easiest for everyone or should I strive to personalise it?

I tried to think about how our wedding reception would look in the Victory Hall at Our Lady of Victory Church where my family attends fish fries during Lent.


(Image via This Week Community Newspapers)

Mr. Funnel Cake was not convinced that the hall would be a great place. I think the elderly people on the OLV website scared him. I searched in vain for more pictures to “show off” what I could vaguely recall as a bright sunlit room.


(Image via Our Lady of Victory)


(Image via Our Lady of Victory)

But Mr. Funnel Cake was still unimpressed by what he considers “typical American architecture”, with its overwhelming dark interiors compared to Swiss design. Maybe he would have taken more of an interest if I had found these photos of the room sooner:



(Images via Jacobus Photography)


(Images via Studio B Photography)

Luckily this was just the beginning of planning and I would have more than enough opportunity to voice our opinions and wishes about wedding decisions. My wonderful mother is also brilliant at coming up with many ideas and options so I really didn’t have anything to worry about. But there are projects and aspects of planning that I have to forsake because of the distance, like photo booths and DIY goodness for instance.

And still”¦ my heart can sigh that I am unable to participate in cake tasting in Columbus. I’ll have to leave that one up to the relatives…

Does your family have a big influence on the decisions about your wedding?


Mrs. Funnel Cake

Zürich, Switzerland/Columbus, Ohio
Wedding Date:
October 2011
A Sparkly Surprise
Wedding Nightmares
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    Zinzerena 4207 posts, Honey bee @ 3:46 pm

    I’d be going nuts not having any say in anything (more or less). It just isn’t me! LOL!
    As for our families? NONE!!!! Absolutely none whatsoever. The only thing that they could sorta be given credit for is the fact they vacation at our venue yearly. (My second time was this past July, my FI has been there 8 times and counting!)

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    ticket 501 posts, Busy bee @ 3:51 pm

    I’m gonna say your dress is about 10 billion times prettier than that craigslist one. I’m so glad you got to make your wedding into something that’s truly for you and Mr. FC. I would say you should go to a nice local bakery and get cake on the day your family does the cake tasting back home so it will be like you are there with them in spirit and you still get cake!

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    Masala 476 posts, Helper bee @ 3:54 pm

    I gotta tell ya, I tasted cake from Giant Eagle at a bridal show and it was so delicious that we booked our cake with them. (The new Giant Eagle in Upper Arlington, if you’re interested.)

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 4:13 pm

    This would be so difficult for me, but at least Mama FC is resourceful and willing to consider your wishes. Oh and Mr. FC is crazy, I would love to dine with those folks in the first picture! :)

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    funnelcake 1171 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:18 pm

    @Miss Ticket: I kind of get a kick out of the fact that my dress IS a Craigslist dress. Just not of the Columbus variety. I swear, they always have some great treasures when I visit the site. 😛

    @Ryna: haha, lucky you get total control! I guess I’d be sort of freaking out if I had to coordinate all of it myself from here. I definitely need my mom!

    @Masala: really?? I wish I could taste and see! I’m not sure what Mama FC would say about Giant Eagle… but it sounds like a great deal!

    @Miss Pony: right you are Miss Pony. Mr. Funnel Cake IS crazy. 😉

  6. honey Member
    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:36 pm

    My mom is heavily involved, and I’m working on shifting her views from the more traditional to the Honey vision, fortunately she is game for everything and realizes it’s our day :) It sounds like your mama is pretty open too!

  7. doily Member
    doily 1734 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:18 pm

    My family just likes hearing about the planning, they really haven’t had any big say in it! But on the rare occasion that they do have an opinion, I definitely take it very much into account~

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    shushu1208 1183 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:05 pm

    I got my wedding cake from Golden Delight! :-) It was delicious! I may have been swayed since my mom works there haha. Yummy!

  9. tartlet Member
    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:05 pm

    My mom is definitely an opinionated woman, and I had to learn that what she said was always a suggestion–not a decree. I’m glad Mama FC is being supportive and helpful from across the pond!

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    Miss Fettucini, Guest @ 6:43 pm

    So, I think I missed one of your posts, or maybe I just missed an inside joke. Is that your actual dress that you purchased off Craigslist, or just a “representation”?

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    funnelcake 1171 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:37 pm

    @Miss Fettucini: It is a representation of the kind of gowns my mother was suggesting to me on Craigslist when I first began shopping for dresses. (Her links are no longer listed).

  12. kettle Member
    kettle 926 posts, Busy bee @ 8:39 am

    My family has a HUGE influence on wedding decisions. The date of events, how many people to invite, our wedding colors, the clothes. You name it, I’ve adjusted the decision to appease someone. I figure as long as they’re not straying too far from what I want, what’s the big deal?

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