So the last time I wrote here I had lost a girlfriend and gained a fiancée. As wonderful as that moment was (and it was), we spoke about our potential wedding for days/weeks and the stress began.
Let’s take you back – we attended a beautiful wedding last year in a grand setting that was an event that simply could not be topped in grandeur and beauty – so we decided not to even try.
You hear it all the time from couples – “We didn’t have a moment to rest. It was full of stress just making sure everyone else was having a good time”.
If we were to have a wedding in the UK you can rest assured everyone would be having a good time because I’d be taking to the decks at the reception for Seb White’s Garage And Grime Power Hour™ – but an hour (even a Power Hour) doesn’t make the rest of the time stress free.
As a fan of Americana and American pop culture, there was one place that we both wanted to get married outside the UK and that was the famous Little Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. So that’s what we’re doing.
It’s a funny thing, eloping without the secrecy – there is host of other, different stresses. If people ARE coming, can we entertain them? How do you fly the dress across the world? Can you organise it all without being there, or even without local knowledge?
Having organised it all on my own (I’ve got a binder and everything) it’s been good to see how it has all come together. Considering I’ve only had to organise flights, hotels, transfers, car rental, chapel, wedding license and honeymoon – it’s been rather stressful. I don’t know how anyone organises a proper wedding.
The biggest revelation has been researching Walt Disney World – how complex it is. You have to book dining reservations 180 DAYS (yes, one hundred and eighty) before you arrive and FastPasses 60 days before – so you have to look into everything and plan your days way before you go.
For some I can see that it might ruin the magic – but as a bit of a stick in the mud at times (I didn’t wear novelty stag horns on my stag do, we met another stag do where the groom was wearing a full nurses outfit) it’s helped me get really excited. Doing the research into what’s available and how WDW do what they do to make your stay/time in the parks extra magical.
So I did all this prep in March and April, and then it was all booked up and I didn’t have to think about it. It’s not been thought about once in months, until a few days ago when the countdown reached 10 days until we leave…
OMFG – I’m getting fucking married. Fucking ring on my fucking finger.
It’s exciting and scary. It’s a scary adult thing to do. Does this mean I have to grow up now?
It’s a weird thought because I was just about to type “I get to be with the person I love for the rest of my life”, but I would have done so without the piece of paper – but this isn’t just a piece of paper. It’s a public display of my commitment and dedication to the one person in my life that means more to me than anyone else and that makes me so happy even on the shittest of shit days.
So bring it on, the next few weeks are going to be amazing. Absolutely outstanding.
31/10/15 – ∞