A couple people have asked me if I am actively planning my wedding while both abroad in the Peace Corps and applying to medical school. The answer is omgidon’twannatalkaboutitbutyes.
Actually it’s not that bad. Yet. Thus far I’ve just managed to find the African fabric for my wedding dress that I’m going to get made here and to realize that my perfect wedding is going to be relatively simple to pull off.
I’m absolutely in love with an outdoor wedding with a very small group of close friends and family. We’re writing the ceremony ourselves, having a friend officiate, a friend take photographs and play the guitar, and having a huge party afterward with a keg and a nacho bar. Yep, with a cheese fountain. Also we’re doing champagne and cupcakes for sure. Probably funfetti because that’s how we roll.
On the classier side, I know that I’m in love with a vintage, rustic look with lots of flea market details and light pink roses and wildflowers filling up old mason jars. I’ll probably end up DIYing a lot of the things myself with my mom, C’s mom, his sister, and my stepmom. Think cheap, easy, and local.
We’ve chosen a venue for next summer. It’s an old gazebo by the county lake, with old stone walls and the intimate seclusion we’re looking for. The reception venue is close by, too, which makes it convenient for everyone.
Planning from Africa is going to be…interesting. I’m going to have to use all my laid-back reserves and rely on other people with faith and humility (ha, yeah, right!). Luckily I’ll be home in the states in October and we’ll be able to get a lot accomplished. The plan is to fly back, interview for med school like a rockstar, get our registry figured out (we’re thinking Target), start on invites, and gather everyone together who will be singing or reading to assign tasks and figure out what the ceremony and reception are actually going to look like.
Hopefully I’ll stay calm throughout this whole process and just enjoy it. I think it will prove to be a nice distraction from the impersonal world of med school applications. I’m going to try to avoid constantly blogging about the wedding, but I make no promises.
I think I’ll just go ahead and make a new category. I mean, come on. How can I resist this stuff? At least I have Off Beat Bride to inspire me and encourage me to embrace my nontraditional ideas.
Anyway, it’s the 16th. Still not verified. LAME.