My (Younger) Sister is Getting Married!!

As some of you may know, I am not married. I am in my late twenties. I am in a serious committed relationship that I have been in for some time. I have just in the past few months figured out that he is “the One” and for the first time in my life I have started thinking about getting married. It has taken me a long time to get to this point.

My youngest sister, Ali, called me the other night with exciting news, she’s engaged!! While I was very happy for her, I have to admit I had my concerns. Ali is twenty one years old, she graduated top of her class from a top school in the country and has the world at her finger tips. She has been dating her fiancé since she was thirteen years old. They dated all through high school, he moved to the same town she went to college in, and now they live together in California. So they’re clearly all about each other, but I just worry about how young they are.

I think about myself when I was twenty one and I certainly was not ready to make that type of commitment. I think back to the guy I was dating when I was twenty one, and thank goodness I got rid of that loser!

I was telling Christine about the situation and I made the comment, “They are just SO YOUNG!” She reminded me that she and her husband were married when they were twenty two years old and they will be celebrating their fourteen year anniversary this year. So they knew it was right at that age. I guess it’s different for everyone, for some people, you just know and for others it takes that time of getting to know yourself and figuring out what you want in life. Would love to know y’all’s thoughts!  And don’t worry, more to come on my sister’s upcoming nuptials!

~Blair

Just because I love Martina

While on YouTube searching for a competitor of ours who will remain nameless, I saw this Martina McBride video flagged as “Martina McBride Wedding Song.” Since I was on a wedding song kick not too long ago, I thought I’d share it with you…mostly because I’m a country fan and think it’s a beautiful song. Enjoy, all!

Uneven Bridal Parties

This seems to be the week for me to air all of my personal dirty wedding laundry. I’ve mentioned before that we’re signed up to receive emails and notices from a variety of places in an attempt to consolidate and pass along good information on to all of our faithful followers planning their special day.

This post doesn’t fall into that category. This falls more into the “sour grapes that I refuse to ever get over and now am compelled to share it with the world” category.

I saw this Message Board post in a recent email from Wedding Channel, and it made my stomach turn. Why? I’ll tell you why:

Four years ago, my brother got married in his significant other’s version of My Big Fat Greek Wedding (quite literally…his wife’s family is Greek, the wedding was giant, required the taking of a second mortgage, and was extravagant enough to make my conservative, Midwestern side of the family blush at a variety of turns).

My bro had 9 standing on his side – including his bride’s two brothers, whom she insisted stand as part of the wedding party.

She had 8 on her side.

I am my brother’s only sibling.

I was not invited to be part of the wedding party.

Sour grapes, I tell you!

So back to the question posed by Jennifer99…Be careful, dear Jennifer, very, very careful. Are all of your sibs already in the party? Every close friend? Your long lost cousin? I would worry much more about the crushed feelings of someone left out of your side who happens to be able to add than about a guy walking solo down the aisle.

Trust me…the solo guy will soak up the attention, while the passed over party will sit quiety in the pews bitterly watching your maids giggle, ooh and aaawhh throughout your ceremony, and the sting will linger.

On that cheery note – happy weekend, all! Blair and I plan to spend it hitting the (finally!) fresh snow on the slopes.

~Christine

Accommodation Angst Solved

My husband and I got married at his dad’s place in the country, and we reserved blocks of rooms at two hotels – one suitable for our friends (who – then – were rowdy 20-something singles), and a more upscale place for our families. My grandfather, bless his soul, decided that he, my grandmother, and my aunts and uncles on my mother’s side should save money and stay at the hotel we were hoping to cordon our single friends at.

It was a disaster.

As anyone could’ve fortold – the friends got predictably unruly (to the point that stuff that doesn’t float and had no business being in water had to be fished from the pool by the staff and they were charged hundreds of dollars in damage by the hotel), and my grandfather got predictably annoyed.

It was not the note on which we wanted to depart on our honeymoon.

However – we kept pointing out that that’s EXACTLY why we were trying to segregate our families from our friends.

Should you find yourself in a similar dilemma, Wildernest Property Management can help. Located here in Silverthorne, they manage a wide range of accommodations, from town houses to condos.

Whether you’re seeking to do the same thing we tried to do and keep your friends from a late-night encounter with an angry grandfather, or simply want to give friends who are making a vacation of your destination wedding more lodging options, give them a buzz! And be sure to tell them we sent you.

Two Weddings??

I feel like I have been the anti-bride of this blog, the girl that never sees herself  getting married.  I have to admit, not sure if it’s because I’m getting older or what, but I am starting to think about marriage pretty seriously these days and the one thing that keeps popping into my mind is where to have my wedding.    I’m from Virginia, I love Virginia and the East Coast.  I have so many great memories back there, it’s where I have always called home, plus tons of friends and family that I still keep in touch with on an almost daily basis.  On the other hand, I’ve been in Colorado for awhile now, it is where I met my love and have made it my home.  I would love to share my new home with all of my friends from the East Coast, but know that inevitably, not everyone from home would be able to attend if I hosted it in the mountains, and not everyone from the mountains would be able to attend if I had my wedding in Virginia.  So what’s the answer? 

I have often thrown around the idea of having two receptions, but my problem with that is that I want all the people that I love to be together, not together in two separate places.  I came across this article in the Offbeat Bride http://offbeatbride.com/2010/02/oslo-new-york-wedding#more-4227, which is what got me thinking about the dual receptions.  I thought that some of our brides may come across this same problem when they decide to go with the mountain destination wedding. 

Let me know your thoughts.  And don’t worry, I’m not even engaged yet, so I have plenty of time to think about it!

Mountaintop Matrimony

Not only does the name of the ski area closest to Silverthorne resonate with mooshy gooshy, but on Sunday, Loveland is hosting their annual Mountaintop Matriomony ceremony.

If you’re already hitched, take advantage of a free run at Loveland and renew your vows. If you’re not…you could surprise your parents by announcing that you tied the knot at 12,000 feet.

Have a V-Day love story? Share it with us!

xoxo

Christine & Blair