So, I'm fairly new to the boards but wanted to share with you a bit about our plans for our wedding...and hope that you all will do the same!
Date: October 4, 2014
Location: Our Backyard/Local Steakhouse
Theme: Vintage Trains
Guest Count: 25
Budget: $5000 (exclusive of landscaping)
We are getting married in our backyard, with a very small group of people who have been incredibly supportive of Jason and I and the journey we have both been on over the past few years. It is the 2nd time for me, first time for him and we want to keep it very small and personal.
My fiance works for the railroad, his father works for the railroad, his grandfather worked for the railroad. Our lives revolve around the railroad - hell, he even proposed at the old John Street Roundhouse (currently Steam Whistle Brewery) in Toronto. We love vintage, old fashioned things and thought it would be great to do a vintage train theme - not cheesy, think old black and white train photos. Our invitations will be the old fashioned punch card train tickets - and they are being made by my best friend (and MOH - who is super crafty), and our favours are rail spikes that are bottle openers. We even thought of using old steam trunks instead of chairs, but having trouble finding that in our small town. And yes, there will even be a G-scale train layout functioning in the backyard. We wanted to get married in the backyard because it's so personal for us, where better to celebrate our lives than in our own home? Jason wanted to get the backyard landscaped anyway so he has been tasked with having that completed...and the work starts tomorrow!
We are being married by our church's reverend, with our best friends and siblings standing up with us. A close friend of ours (a professional musician) will play the guitar for our ceremony, my daughters (6 &7 at the time) will walk me down the aisle and will do a reading on what a family is. Our rings, are rings that we had already given eachother...like a commitment when we were in a rough patch of our relationship. They are currently work on our right hands but will become our wedding rings on that day as a continued commitment to always work at being the best together we can be.
After the ceremony, we are going to do photos at the train tracks in the woods. His cousin is a photographer and will be doing the photos for us. Since we live about 2 hrs north of Toronto, the colours will be very bright and make for beautiful pictures. We will also be using his dad's old vintage car for our 'getaway' and in the pictures as well.
We are not doing a traditional big reception, but rather taking our guests out for dinner at the fine dining steakhouse and we will foot the bill for the dinner/drinks.
A close friend of ours is a chef with President's Choice and will be making the cake as a gift to us.
We are trying to include as many of the people who are coming to the wedding in different elements as it makes it feel very personal for us to have them contribute in making our day special, as they have in making us who we are.
I'm not sure I would call it a 'traditional' wedding, but it sure will be special for us