Today is exactly three months out from the big day. It seems barely a few weeks since I wrote the six months out post, and it sure doesn't seem like we're that much more prepared. The only big thing we've accomplished is booking a celebrant, which basically means all the big things are sorted. A large percentage of the people I talk to about how the preparations are going seem to ask me if I'm nervous. I'm not. I don't know why I would be. If I were I think it would probably indicate some level of uncertainty about the decision, but there isn't any. Sure there will be nerves on the day, because I want it to go well, but not because of the 'getting married' bit.
I started writing my speech today and I'm thinking already that I may have left my run a little late, especially since my usual public speaking advisor probably doesn't want help out with the speech this time. The groomsmen are locked in as Aidan, Nathan, Tony and Nathan and I've established the Groomsmen's Mailing List. Aidan, Tony and I are hitting the suit hire places tomorrow morning.
Lydia (who is getting married herself in just 30 days) has agreed kindly to make our cake and we're very happy she has. We are putting together the ceremony next week while Laura has holidays and I've started collecting ideas for the invitations (although I know Laura started doing this months ago. Maybe we should attempt to reconcile our ideas soon).
So what's left? Well, heaps really and I'm sure I've forgotten something but these things, at least, are still to be done:
- Buck's1 party
- Hen's party2
- Guest list
- Cake design
- Table settings
- Seating arrangements
- Arranging an MC (but we have one of you in mind so watch out)
- Website (yep, I really am a geek), and
- All the stuff I've forgotten.
Speaking of music (and I'm getting slightly side tracked here), we asked my probably soon to be cousin in law Bec (no pressure Dan) who is an exceptionally talented and credentialed violinist to play at the ceremony, and she was kind enough to agree. We haven't decided what we'd like her to play yet, but we've been looking so we can give her plenty of notice. One of the pieces of music Laura has mentioned that she likes is Pachelbel's Canon. I did a quick bit of research into Pachelbel's Canon and my findings are presented below.
Interestingly, it's not actually a canon3, but even more interestingly, it could be considered the very first one hit wonder of all time. I'm amazed at just how many times and in how many different ways it has been covered, adapted and rearranged. Some notable artists who have incorporated or been influenced by the cord progression presented in Pachelbel's Cannon include: Bee Gees, Fleetwood Mac, Kylie Minogue4, Pet Shop Boys, Green Day, Oasis, Coolio, Back Street Boys/N Sync, Vitamin C5, Phil Collins, The Polyphonic Spree, Britney Spears, Mattafix, and more.
That concludes the side track and this post (which, in itself was a side track from all the other, more important things I was doing).
- There was an argument around here some time back about whether the apostrophe should be before or after the s in Buck's party. I think I was arguing for after the s, though if that's the case I've now amended my opinion. And we didn't even start on whether Buck should be considered a proper noun in this context and therefore deserve a capital, but I think I've probably got it wrong again. [↩]
- But that's obviously not for me to worry about and I'm going to do my very best to avoid running into Laura on hers the way Tony ran into Jiselle. [↩]
- A contrapuntal composition that employs a melody with one or more imitations of the melody played after a given duration (e.g. quarter rest, one measure, etc.). Thanks again Wikipedia. [↩]
- Believe it or not, probably one of my top five favourite pop artists. I've been tempted many times to buy that big glossy Kylie book I see occasionally (and usually discounted) while loitering in the music section of book stores. [↩]
- With Graduation (Friends Forever), which was released in our final year of high school making it the played to death song of choice for our graduation. [↩]