Thursday, January 28, 2010

I Was Destined to Elope

I’m sure many gals claim this, but I never envisioned myself having a wedding—or, the typical wedding anyway. If I did picture it, which happened rarely, I imagined a tiny ceremony on a beach or maybe even a wild trip to Vegas where we would recite vows in front of an Elvis impersonator (after all, I had a massive crush on the King for years).

So, when my Peruvian fiancé proposed to me in the garden next to the National Cathedral (even though he claims not to be very religious), I began researching destination wedding venues, citing off prices for beachside ceremonies in Jamaica, Antigua, St. Lucia, and emailing him postcard-perfect photos of the azure waters and white-sand beaches of the Caribbean, partially obstructed by a beaming bride and groom. I told him that we could have a small wedding. Maybe 30 people, tops? He replied that he’d rather have the opportunity to celebrate our love and the giant step we are taking with our families and friends; however, he wasn’t completely against my idea.

“Why don’t you make a list of the 30 people you would invite?” He recommended, slyly.

I sat there with my laptop, typing names into Excel—parents, siblings, aunts and uncles, cousins, family friends, high school friends, college friends, post-college friends—scattered across the country from Los Angeles, California to Veazy, Maine. I tried cutting the list down. How could I not invite these people who had watched me grow from infant to early 30s, who had loved me even through my angry, depressed goth phase in high school? As the list teetered off around the 80s (just for my side) I decided he might be right.

So, here I am, the newest addition to DCNearlyweds.com, thrilled to be blogging about the ups and downs of planning a wedding. As you may have deduced from my pseudonym, I live in the Cathedral Heights neighborhood in D.C. Our wedding will take place in this area in September, but I need to leave some substance for my upcoming blogs! In the meantime, I’m just happy I decided not to elope.

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Blogger Miss JeffMemorial said...

Hey, neighbor! I live near you in Glover Park. :-)

Friday, January 29, 2010 1:24:00 AM  
Blogger Miss Fairfax said...

hi and welcome!

I know, I was thinking maybe 50 people for ours, and then we started going through the must-invite list and it's amazing how fast they add up. I guess in the grand scheme of things, not a bad problem to have!

Friday, January 29, 2010 11:55:00 AM  
Blogger Erika said...

Hello back and thank you!

Friday, January 29, 2010 5:02:00 PM  
Blogger Dance for Joy Events said...

I seriously considered eloping too but I don't really think it saves much time or hassle ultimately anyway. In the end we relished our sacred day with all of our friends and family. But I think each situation is unique. If most of your friends and family have to fly to the wedding and stay in a hotel anyway, why not make a fun weekend trip out of it at any random location that is scenic or that has lots of activities that the family can enjoy together. It might be an exotic country or peaceful island or just setting up a full day tour of the capitol of our nation plus a family brunch, a group dance class for everyone to prepare them for the reception, a sports game. Anything that brings the family together to interact in a creative, sentimental and memorable way.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 1:01:00 PM  

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