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Thursday, July 24, 2008

If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It

I just got back from my future brother and sister-in-law's wedding.  Not only was it beautiful, it was incredibly inspiring if you want to have your wedding in an unconventional venue.  Their idea was to have a multi-venue, three-stage wedding and trust their guests to move easily from one venue to another.  Sounds impossible, right?  It worked really, really well, and was a great culmination of all their hard work and organization.

The ceremony was held on the London Eye.

It threatened to rain that day but it took all the positive thinking we could muster to keep the clouds from spilling over.

It was so cool to have the sense of floating in mid-air as they said their vows.  

Afterwards we were hustled to the pier to have lunch on this paddle steamer, which went up and down the Thames.  Let me tell you, maneuvering on a boat with champagne is a tricky proposition.  It takes  a few minutes to get your sea legs.
Finally, we walked to Tower Bridge, accompanied by a bagpiper, for dancing.  Do you see the green bar connecting the two towers?  Those are walkways that used to allow pedestrians to walk from one side of the bridge to the other if a ship were going through, like you see here.  There are two of them, and they can be rented out for parties.  Here's what one of them looks like from the inside.
(Sorry about the crooked picture--I guess I hadn't, uh, gotten my land legs back.)  
It was amazing to feel like we were on top of the world, and it was a perfect ending to the whole day--we started in the air, went to the water, and finished up in the air again.

When I heard this three-stage wedding was my FBIL and FSIL's plan, I was really worried. Could they expect their guests to be able to move easily between all three venues?  Would people get lost or tired?  
In the end, none of that mattered--it was simple and fun to go from one place to the next. Besides, people were so happy and excited to be there that they didn't mind walking on cobblestones or wading through tourists to get where they needed to go.

If you want to have your wedding in an unusual place or do something a little bit out of the ordinary, do it.  Don't let naysayers tell you that you can't have what you want.  If it's your vision, and you do the research and the legwork to make it happen, it's very likely to succeed.  

1 Comments:

Blogger Guilty Secret said...

Wow, what an event! One of my friends got engaged on the London eye :)

Friday, July 25, 2008 2:59:00 PM  

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