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At the beginning of a New Year January 31, 2009

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We’ve been thinking for a long while that we would need to move our wedding back from this summer into next winter, for a number of reasons. It became my unofficial task to make the formal announcement, and I have been dithering, since part of the delay has been wanting to make sure we can do this wedding safely, on our own terms, with our own money (for the most part). Well, I just got my first full-salaried paycheck, after dealing with the dreadful bureaucracy of the New York State Education Department for a year-and-a-half. So, I am feeling bold enough to say: our new wedding date is January 2, 2010.


What does this mean? It means that my knees will likely be cold, and I will definitely be wearing a twill jacket, for any outdoor photographs. According to the almanac, the average high temperature on a January 2nd in St. Louis is 38°, and the average low temperature is 22°. It means that we will be spending our Christmas with our families and friends in the St. Louis area, with the holiday drifting into our wedding preparations. Hopefully it will not mean major inconveniences for our guests, scheduling their holidays and travel for our wedding.


I was recently made aware that the tradition with weddings was to have them begin at the half-hour, so that the new married life together would begin with the minute hand of the clock on the upswing. Well, we’re going to have our whole first married year on the upswing of the new year. It is an invigorating prospect. It seems like songs like “This Will Be Our Year” might have increased prominence in our wedding…


July 11th, 2009? May 7, 2008

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Well.  April 11th, 2009, was looking like the perfect date.  It falls before Matt’s Spring Break, and he has the Thursday and Friday immediately preceding the 11th off, too.  But as I was figuring dates and fees with venues this afternoon, something in my mind said, “Hmm.  When is Easter 2009?”  Turns out, it’s that weekend. 

Matt doesn’t get out of school until the last week in June (this year and next), and the first week in July is July 4th weekend.  Which I wouldn’t necessarily mind (sparklers!), but travel would be so much more expensive.  So we’re considering the next week, which is July 11th.  Any thoughts? 

Also, we’re starting to get the reception venue ironed out.  It’s still between the Tea House, the Tap Room, and the Bevo Mill; I have precise price quotes from all three, and we’ve compared menus.  It may still come down to affordability, but all three are nice in various ways.  I have to say, though, that the Tea House ladies are the sweetest ever.  The snail mailed me actual photographs of the rose arbor and the tent, so I could see if for myself and “carry the photos around in my purse,” to share with my girlfriends.  How sweet is that?  And everyone is very accommodating about helping us figure out the veggie entree option, so it’s been fun, and the only stress was last week when I suddenly felt pressured to commit. 

So all is going well.  If this date becomes us, as it were, then I think we can settle on a venue.  And then a photographer.  And pretty soon, we should have engagement photos to share.