The wedding countdown begins

By: Lauren Weber, The Placer Herald
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Wedding season is in full swing with my family. My sister is getting hitched at the end of July and soon after I’ll also be saying “I do.” Within the last few months, it seems like it’s been nothing but talk about flowers, colors, dresses, music, invitations and food – everything needed to put the pieces together for the upcoming Weber weddings. My fiancé Alex and I decided on a destination wedding in Carpinteria, about 15 minutes from Santa Barbara. With family spread throughout California and other states, we figured Santa Barbara would be a perfect middle ground for guests. Our ceremony and reception will be held in a garden patio along the beach. Casual, intimate and fun are what we’re going for with the blue and green colors, delicious food stations and ’80s and beachy music. With about three and a half months to go, we’ve got all the big things nailed down and have begun on the little details. Now it’s time for what my sister calls “a pain.” They are the little details that can be so time consuming, but add personal touches to the big day, like the invitation wording, the first dance songs, the order of events for the day, the table centerpieces, and the list goes on, and on. Sometimes it’s overwhelming thinking of everything that needs to get done in preparation for our wedding, but for the most part it’s been fun planning. Alex and I think of it as planning a big party for our family and close friends and can’t wait. We may not be taking a traditional approach to some things, but I think that will make our wedding more memorable and personal. Alex opted for a caramel-colored linen suit, which says “Alex” more than the traditional black and white color scheme of the tuxedo. The groomsmen will also go pretty informal with khaki pants, white dress shirts and a bright-colored tie. The bridesmaids will be wearing royal blue knee-length dresses with fun-colored shoes (still on the to-do list). In addition to the outfits, we’re doing things a little differently with food. Instead of the sit-down dinner or buffet, we’re going with a somewhat novel idea of themed food stations set up throughout the space. One station will have the tri-tip and mashed potatoes, while another will have mini burgers and cheesy quesadillas. We thought of it as a way for the guests to meet and mingle. We’ve also decided to forgo the cake for guests and serve one of our favorite desserts, apple crisp, instead. But we’re still planning for a small cake for the ceremonial cake cutting. Starting the wedding-planning process, I never imagined how many decisions go into the final day. Now, I completely understand the popularity of wedding planners. Although the planning can become stressful, Alex and I try to remind ourselves what it’s all about – making and celebrating a lifelong commitment to each other. And we hope that come Oct. 3, we’ll be ready to have fun and enjoy the celebration of our marriage.