No, this is not a political post, but an adventure in planning…and logistics.
I’m going to do my best to leave my personal politics out of this, but here’s the thing. The real (non-alternative) fact of the matter is: a lot of people just don’t like President Trump. And millions of those people, across the country, are exercising their constitutional rights to peacefully protest.
But here’s the thing…I’m getting married on tax day. And when Mr. W and I picked the date, “President Trump” was a punchline, not a reality.
And now, the plan is for hundreds of thousands of people to take to the streets and protest the fact that the president hasn’t released his tax returns…on tax day…in major cities…all day long.
Even more exciting, the Chicago protest is set to go from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (the start time of our wedding) less than one block from our venue.
Now, we’re still a couple months out…and with this administration being a touch unpredictable, and people getting protest fatigue, who KNOWS what can happen between now and then.
But with record turnouts at demonstrations around the country, our planner agrees: we need to be ready for the worst…so we’re building HUGE cushions of time into our timeline, along with some other precautions. Here’s what we’re doing:
- Opening our venue an hour earlier than normally to our vendors, and encouraging earlier drop-offs/load-ins.
- NOT getting ready at my parents’ house. This one’s breaking my heart a little, but it makes sense. I’m going to do my getting ready at our hotel, a block from the venue. That way I don’t get caught up in rally-related traffic jams. I’ll definitely miss the photos in my parents’ house with the (13-year-old) puppies, but I stress out if I’m late. Personal sanity trumps photo-ops.
- Twenty minute cushions on EVERYTHING. That’s right—everywhere we’ve got a transition, I’m tacking on an extra 20 minutes. I’d rather have quiet down time than feel frazzled.
- Including a note on our website, and maybe even a note sent through the mail, letting our guests know to leave extra time.
- Relocating photos. We were talking about doing photos in the park, but that’s looking like less of a good opportunity. Luckily, there are TONS of other places in the city for beautiful outdoor wedding photos.
- Hiring security. This is at our venue’s request, actually. With potential streams of THOUSANDS of people marching by our venue, and with the march ending RIGHT as the wedding starts, they suggest having an extra security person (there’s always one), just for the start of the evening.
And honestly, I’m considering joining in the march, at least for a little bit. It’s a cause I believe in personally, and I can’t think of a better way to kick off the next phase in our relationship than standing next to Mr. W and fighting for what we believe in. We’ve even talked about our signs.
I wouldn’t be doing it for photo-ops…but when I saw these photos from the last march…WOW.
I know it’s a long shot, but has ANYONE else needed to navigate a big public event while wedding planning? A parade? A marathon? A street fair? Any tips?