I almost hate to say it but I am going to anyway—coming up with our seating arrangement was very easy for us! We started with some bare bones (which parents should be where, etc.) and then filled in the gaps based on who we thought would enjoy each other. You may recall that we decided to use the squares of Savannah as table names, which were designed by our day of coordinator, Adrianne. Adrianne also made the seating arrangement poster—a bigger version of the map we were using on the tables.
Now that we’ve designated March as Thailand time, we have a few days right after the wedding and before the holidays for another adventure. Everyone we’ve talked to highly encourages getting out of town right after the wedding, even if it’s just for a short time or to a nearby destination. I can see the logic in their argument. The days leading up to the wedding will be a flurry of finishing up projects, greeting and spending time with visiting family, and making sure that the best laid plans of the past 14 months are being executed to perfection. I can already foresee how I’ll be craving some alone time with Mr. S in a place where there are no plans, no cares, and lots of naps. So like Miss Hen, andmanyotherbeesbeforeme, we’re treating ourselves to a mini-moon!
A few criteria for our mini-moon:
In keeping with the grand honeymoon requests, a destination neither of us has been to before. Elephants not mandatory, but of course welcome.
Beachy. We’ll be entering the dead of winter by the time our wedding rolls around, so we are taking this opportunity to bask in some sun. Based on last year’s winter, we might not see the sun again until May.
Laid-back, where sarongs and flip-flops are acceptable dinner attire.
Secluded, but not isolated. Rustic, but well appointed.
Our first dance song was pretty much a no-brainer for us. The first concert we ever went to as a couple was a group called Band of Horses. They toured through Providence, Rhode Island back in 2007, and Mr. Jet and I were both big fans. Their ballad, “No One’s Gonna Love You,” was a fast favorite and became “our song” soon thereafter.
Still gives me warm fuzzies:
We swayed awkwardly for the next three-and-a-half minutes and whispered to each other how amazing it felt to be in that moment with each other. It felt like no one else was in the room.
Well folks, you heard about the funny start to our honeymoon, all the crazy adventures and ports we visited, so I thought I’d end this honeymoon recap with a review of Royal Caribbean and their ship, Grandeur of the Seas…in case anyone else is thinking of vacationing with them. While we were on the cruise we met a couple that was there on their 42nd cruise! Holy smokes! We asked them what was their favorite and they said they had pros and cons on every one and even the passengers can change the whole vibe from one trip to another. So for what it’s worth, here’s my list of things Billie and I liked and didn’t and what this particular ship had to offer. (All photos are personal)
Since Shamrock and I were engaged for 14 months (this teacher wanted to get married in the summer!), we were lucky enough to attend three weddings as an engaged couple—and all of them were in May!
It was great to get to celebrate with our friends, and even more fun that each wedding was very different. Two of the three weddings were for friends we hang out with regularly, so there were five or so couples at all three weddings.
We opted for a pretty traditional plated meal, but we were actually the only ones—at the weddings we attended there was a buffet, family style, and stations (like Mrs. Camera had). One was on a boat, one was in a barn, and one was at a historic mansion on the lake (OK, that part was pretty similar to ours).
Ladies and gentlemen, we’re in the final stretch—less than one month to go!
It’s hard to believe we’re already at this point. A year ago, I was wandering around a marketplace in Jerusalem, while Gander was at home, practicing his proposal on our cat. Now, after almost a year of planning, we’re almost husband and wife.
To be honest with you, at this point, I expected to feel like this: