Alright, it’s time for a change! You’ve been reading Kitty’s thoughts for a few months now and it’s time that I, her dashing groom, weigh in with a few thoughts and ideas of my own. Before I begin I’d like to remind everyone that it’s 2013. That means two things. One; Merry New Year! And two; this is the year that we actually get married!
Kitty was so busy making homemade chutney, candles, shortbread and pork pies in December, before coming down with a nasty infection, that she didn’t get a chance to do much (any!) wedding related stuff; but I got to work with a few things that we’ve been talking about for ages. The first thing I did was start drafting some name cards for our tables, taking the style of the invites that Hannah designed as seen in Kitty’s last post as inspiration.
We didn’t want plain old numbers for our tables, but we took a long time to decide what naming scheme we should go with. We discussed place names (not ideal considering we’ve not been anywhere more exotic than Alicante!), Disney characters (more Kitty’s thing than mine), book titles (Kitty again) and so many other ideas. We finally got there with quotes from our favourite films, like Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Up and others. Whilst the quotes below may not exactly be traditional for a wedding we thought they were fun, which is what want!
As well as designing table names I’ve also been working on our wedding favours. We decided quite early on that CD’s were something we wanted to do. Giving our guests a compilation of music that means something to us, whether that is our first dance song or a song from the film we saw the night I proposed, just seemed like such a great idea. So I set about getting quotes to see how much it would cost to have CD’s printed, and cases to match. Eventually I picked the Duplication Centre who gave a decent price. And I think they’ve turned out pretty well. Now we just need to work out which tracks to put on them! What songs would you include on the album of your wedding?
There’s no denying it, I’m a bit of a geek. And I was keen to get a little bit of geekery into the wedding if I could. The first thing that popped into my mind came after trawling through the internet and seeing photos like this one…
I think it’s a great idea, a superhero hidden away under our suits. Me and the groomsmen will then unleash our inner hero for a cool photo or two later in the day. The more I thought about it the more I started to want something else to go with the t-shirts, like matching cufflinks. But cufflinks that wouldn’t be all bright colours like superhero costumes and logos have a tendency to be. So I scoured the internet some more and found six of the best pairs of superhero cufflinks I could find.
They’re simple and subtle; they won’t clash with the colour scheme and will work well with our suits (more on those later).
A while after getting the cufflinks sorted and tracking down the best t-shirts I was casually reading an article on ComicVine about marriage in comic books (told you I was a geek). Suddenly I had another plan and started researching wedding issues of comic books, thinking they would make good decorations for our sweetie table. Kitty actually suggested using a stack of these comics instead of a ring cushion for the ceremony, then using them as decoration later. And so I went to town buying comics; a mix of modern and older issues dating as far back as the sixties.
The older, more fragile, issues will be framed and kept out of the sticky paws of the children (and big kids) at the wedding, but the more recent issues will be available for people to flick through if they want.
Is anyone else having reading material, table games or guest libs at their wedding? How about using items that show a bit of your personality as decoration?
Time To Suit Up!
The other part of the wedding I’ve been arranging recently is the choosing of the suits, which is an important part of the day for us blokes. Just before Christmas I took my best man, Ed, to Moss in Southampton to try on a few styles and colour variations.
Truth be told I’d already looked at a lot of suits, waistcoats and ties on various websites and had ruled out a few things, like jackets with tails and dinner suits… Although I teased Kitty with the idea of a DJ, frilly shirt and bow tie (bow ties are cool) just because I know she hates that idea.
Then it became a “buy or rent” debate. While I love the idea of getting the swishest, coolest suit ever as a special treat for our wedding day, a look at the budget and some early research soon ruled that out. Then I thought about the other guys (there are 5 of them including Kitty’s dad) and what they’d wear, and it looked like hiring was the best way for us to go.
Once me and best man Ed got to Moss it didn’t really take that long to narrow it down to one specific colour and style I wanted to try on. The assistant who was helping us went to get one for me to try and considering she didn’t measure me up, she did pretty well with picking the right size!
When it was on it was a unanimous decision, from all two of us, that we’d found the suit. Yes, it really did turn out to be that simple. I’m sure other people spend forever trying on suits in various styles in different shops, but I kind of knew what I wanted and found it right away. From there it was easy to set up our order and now all we have to do is go back in a few months and get measured up. By the way, the Moss “Groom Goes Free” offer is great for a groom on a budget!
So suit sorted, I just need to get some shoes. Actually, both Kitty and I are having two pairs of shoes. Kitty knows she won’t last the whole day in her heels so I bought her some customised Converse for Christmas. And she got me some matching ones!
And with that I think I’m done. Next time Kitty will be back and normal service will be resumed. I think she’s going to be having a DIY day with some of her friends soon and I’m sure she’ll report back on the results!