@@kelbiiztd Thank you! That and the Koozies are my favorite part
@, Thanks! We're leaving on Tuesday so we packed everything for the welcome bags into a large suitcase tonight and I'm amazing how compressed we were able to get everything. There's plenty of room left!
To add another detail: The Music!!
We've booked Mega DJ and had to pick out ALLL of our own music. Which I'm partly happy about because I know we'll for sure love all of the music played at our reception, but it took a while for us to pick every single song, and even longer to go through the DJ's whole list of available music to separate the songs into ones he already has and ones that weren't on the list.
Hopefully attaching this spread sheet will work
Huntley Wedding November 13 MEGA DJ SONG LIST .xlsx
1 week from tomorrow!
And while I have it up… our Ceremony Script!
I looked for a very long time trying to find ceremony examples that I felt "fit us". Finally I was checking out the awesome website www.offbeatbride.com and liked a few of the suggestions but knew I found the right one when I read through this one: http://offbeatbride.com/2015/02/nontraditional-non-religious-wedding-ceremony-script
I read through it and changed a few things things to fit Matt and I better and to make it appropriate for our ceremony in Mexico, but love our finished product! Even better, Matt (who doesn't like MOST things that are usually in wedding ceremonies) was really surprised by how much he liked it! Success!
I have to give a shout out to @@AllieH for her great planning board that has been so helpful throughout this process and also because I used her awesome, detailed ceremony scrip outline. I think it will be really easy for everyone to follow now.
Feel free to use any part of this if you like it!
Matt and Nichole’s Wedding Ceremony
SONG: iPod playlist Ceremony Seating
Minister takes place at altar
Matt stands at altar (right side) with minister
Mitch and Jenny walk to alter
Minister indicates all guests should stand
SONG: iPod playlist Bride walk
Nichole entrance, escorted by Kevin
Kevin is seated.
Jenny straightens Nichole’s train.
Bride & Groom face each other and join hands
Welcome everyone. On behalf of Matt and Nichole, we thank you all for gathering here on this beautiful afternoon in Mexico to witness and celebrate their union in marriage. That so many family and friends have traveled great distances to be here today is a testament to the love and support they have. Before we begin our ceremony, the bride and groom request that guests remain in the gazebo area for a group photo immediately following the ceremony.
You all have given them much happiness, love, warmth, and guidance through the various stages of their lives. They would like to sincerely thank you all for being here to share in their big day.
Today is a celebration. A celebration of love, of commitment, of friendship, of family, and of two people who are in it for forever.
You don't have to have a ceremony to have a marriage. And when you think about it, the whole thing is kind of weird, right? You're standing on a stage, looking fancy, holding flowers, and being stared at by pretty much everyone who has meant anything to you in the past twenty-something years. So why do we do it? The marriage ceremony has been an important feature across nearly every culture, religion, generation, and society. We have thousands of important moments that happen throughout our lives, but this one is regarded as one so critical, we acknowledge its special status by sharing it with others. Why this moment?
Because despite all of our differences, love is what we all share. It's the great unifier — our one universal truth. That no matter who we are, where we've come from, what we believe, we know this one thing: love is what we're doing right. That's why you both are standing here. That's why you all are here to watch them stand up here. We have all loved in our lifetimes, and in this moment, we're reminded that the ability to love is the very best part of our humanity.
All of us here today have our own love stories. Some are short, others long. Some are yet unwritten, while others are just getting to the good part. There are chapters in all of our stories that are sad or disappointing — and others that are exciting and full of adventure.
Note to Minister: Ask Matt and Nichole to join hands. (Nichole hands bouquet to Jenny)
Today is a time to pause, look back, and smile at all the moments that brought them here, as well as a time to look ahead at all the moments that are still to come.
We're all here because we want those moments for you. We're here to hope with you, to support you, to be proud of you, and to remind you that love isn't happily ever after, love is the experience of writing your story. It's not one moment — not even this moment. It's every moment. Big ones like saying "I love you," moving in together, getting engaged — but mostly a million little ones that come in between the big moments. Falling asleep next to one another, making dinner together, spending holidays with your families, binge-watching Netflix shows, getting a big hug when you get home from work… These everyday moments fuse together into one big experience.
And even though this experience is so incredible, words fail us when we try and explain it. That's just the way it is with love — it's meant to be felt, not described.
Marriage Vows (Minister)
You fell in love by chance, but you're here today because you're making a choice. You both are choosing each other. You've chosen to be with someone who enhances you, who makes you think, makes you smile, and makes every day brighter.
You're about to make promises to each other that you intend to keep. You're going to vow to take care of each other, to stand up for one another, and find happiness in the other. There's a simple premise to each of these promises: you're vowing to be there. You're teaming up and saying to the other, "Every experience I am going to have, I want you to be a part of."
As you make these vows to each other today, I hope you remember how exciting it is to find someone to spend your life with. And many years from now, I hope you look at one another and are able to say, “With you, I have lived the life I always wanted to live. With you, I have become the person I always wanted to be.”
Will you, Matt, keep Nichole as your favorite person — to laugh with her, go on adventures with her, support her through life's tough moments, be proud of her, grow old with her, and find new reasons to love her every day?
Matt: I will.
Minister: Will you, Nichole, keep Matt as your favorite person — to laugh with him, go on adventures with him, support him through life's tough moments, be proud of him, grow old with him, and find new reasons to love him every day?
Nichole: I will.
Minister: Will you, Matt and Nichole, be each other's partners from this day forward? Will you bring out the best in one another, share your happiest moments together, and love each other absolutely — for the rest of this lifetime and for whatever may come next?
Matt and Nichole: We will.
Exchange of Rings (Minister):
Mitch hands rings to Minister.
Minister: You’ve both chosen to wear rings as a reminder of these promises. People often say wedding bands are a perfect circle, with no beginning and no end. But these rings did have a beginning. The stones were formed a long time ago deep with the earth. Eventually, a series of lucky events caused them to rise to the surface, where someone dug them up. Metal was then liquefied in a furnace at a thousand degrees — molded, cooled, and painstakingly polished. Something beautiful was made from raw elements.
Love is like that. It comes from humble beginnings, and through a combination of serendipity and effort, imperfect beings shape it into something extraordinary. It’s the process of making something beautiful where there was once nothing at all. As you look at these rings over the years, I hope you remember that. You’ve created something invaluable, and just as I know you’ll protect these rings, I’m confident you’ll protect the commitments you’ve made to one other today.
Minister hands Nichole’s ring to Matt
Matt, place the ring on Nichole’s finger, and repeat after me:
“I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and faithfulness to you, for as long as I live.”
Minister hands Matt’s ring to Nichole
Nichole, place the ring on Nichole’s finger, and repeat after me:
“I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and faithfulness to you, for as long as I live”
To wrap this up before we begin taking pictures to remember this beautiful day followed by a delicious dinner and lots of dancing, I'll share an excerpt from “Blessing for a Marriage” by James Dillet Freeman,
May your marriage bring you all the exquisite excitements a marriage should bring.
May you need one another, but not out of weakness.
May you want one another, but not out of lack.
May you look for things to praise, often say, "I love you!" and take no notice of small faults.
May you have happiness, and may you find it making one another happy.
May you have love, and may you find it loving one another.
And so, with great joy, I now pronounce you husband and wife!
Matt, you may now kiss your bride!
Minister: It’s my pleasure to introduce to you, for the first time, Mr. and Mrs. Huntley!
SONG: iPod playlist: Recessional