Thursday, October 23, 2008

Road Trip

This past weekend Gen and I took a road trip down to L.A. to see one of her co-workers get married. (Vote no on Prop-8 BTW). This was the first wedding we've attended since getting engaged, and that has changed how I see the wedding.

Now, in addition to noticing how beautiful the brides are and how gorgeous the sunset on the beach is, I'm noticing how the planning pieces. How did they get to the ceremony? How is everyone getting to the reception? What are the contingency plans for rain?

And on the other side of the coin, I'm definitely getting a more emotional punch from the ceremony as well. Seeing how much they love each other, and how happy they are promising in front of friends and family to love each other forever, reminds me why I want to get married. Why I want to stand up and shout from the rafters "I love this woman!" loud enough for the world to hear.

So we left L.A. with some fresh ideas and some new found wisdom. And some time spent with Gen's mom, which is always fun. Now back to the planning.

Friday, October 17, 2008

I'm ready for my close up, Mr. Demille....

On my way back from class this afternoon, I happened to turn my head and see Foreign Cinema, a really nice restaurant that I've always wanted to try. They are also home to branch of Modernism, a gallery that has special meaning to us.

I'd checked them out on line shortly after we got engaged. I think I even sent a link to Keith suggesting it. However I thought that it would be prohibitively expensive, so dropped the idea.

Curiosity got the best of me so I went up to the menu outside. I then saw that the door was slightly open, so went in. Someone from the kitchen staff saw me wandering around and directed me to Janine, the private events manager. She was in some meeting but immediately dropped what she was doing to show me around.

The space was pretty amazing. It's a mix of old world rustic and modern warehouse. The Modernism room was as awesome as I thought it'd be and it has a bar on one side of it. The prices were pretty reasonable, which is different than I was lead to believe.

While it can fall within the budget, the only downside, is that we'd only be able to have about 70 people for a sit down dinner. However if we were to have heavy hors d'oeuvres we'd be able to make that 95. But it makes me feel bad to have everyone travel so far just for a cocktail party. I feel that we at least need to offer dinner! The the guest list is hovering around 100 or so, and I keep thinking of people that I've missed, I know that cutting the list is a neccessary part of planning, but I'm not quite ready for that yet.

A part of me really wants to have the reception at Foreign Cinema, but we'll see what happens.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Planning Commences

I've now finished my 2007 taxes. It took a while, but this is the problem with owning stock in a company owned by 3 separate publicly traded companies. But that's over with, my accountants seem to have done a great job (I love how easy they make things for me. Sign here. Put in envelope. Mail), and now I have a final budget for the wedding.

To that end Gen and I have started interviewing wedding planners. We met with Dream a Little Dream Events, and while we liked them a lot, I think Gen is leaning away from selecting them because she doesn't feel that our wedding will play to their strengths.

But we've got another meeting in a couple of weeks with a second planner so we'll see how it goes. Gen is saying that she wants to go through a total of at least 4 interviews with planners before we decide on anything so I'm certainly glad that we've got a year to plan it.