Hi Craft Mavens - My girlfriend and I are having a commitment ceremony September 24, 2005. Although we're on the West Coast, the ceremony will be in my sister's backyard in Maryland. Only our immediate family members--10 people, plus us--will attend. Because it's an untraditional situation, we have no traditional expectations to deal with. That freedom is exciting and a little confusing. I'd appreciate your ideas for the day, from decoration to food to... stuff I haven't consiedered yet!
Here are my plans so far: The ceremony will be either late morning or late afternoon. Unless the weather is really bad, it will be outside. In case of rain showers, we'll rent a tent big enough for 12 chairs in a circle and for a table to hold 12 pillar candles. We may not have an officiant--instead, we may ask for our families to "marry" us. We'd like each adult to say something about us or love in general, then light a candle.
After the ceremony, we'll have a champagne toast on the back deck or in the house, depending on weather. After that, we'll either bring in a caterer to cook and serve in the dining room (I *hope* it can fit 11 adults and one baby!!), or we can go to a private room in a Baltimore restaurant. There will *definitely* be wedding cake at some point. To end the evening, I, my girlfriend, our sisters, and our brothers-in-law will go out dancing.
My sister's house is a typical East Coast 19th-century home. The inside is beautifully restored and has a certain ethno-country-chic style, but the outside of the house is not in great shape, nor is her property--about 2 acres. And that's OK, but it would be nice to decorate it in a style that works with the shabbiness yet adds a celebratory prettiness.
Here's a picture of the kind of dress I'm considering. In case I don't embed in this post correctly, it's a tea-length coral chiffon tank dress. (You can also see it online at http://www.vintagestyleclothing.com/10701newfallline.html
. It's third from the left on the top row.)
Everything else regarding color and style are up for grabs! A big thanks for any help you can give.