Our wedding announcement

19 Jul

It was time to make some decisions, to make some announcements, and we’re certainly a far from traditional couple to begin with.  What better place to put our wedding invitations and announcements than on our website’s newsletter and in my blog?  It may not be approved by Miss Manners, but Miss Manners would probably have a stroke at an informal “hippy” wedding held on the beach and attended by dogs too.  We’re serious about the occasion and our desire to share it with our friends and families, but we are also determined that everyone has a great time with it too.  Above all, we could not justify putting our friends and family into situations where they felt obligated to go buy a new outfit to show up at a semi-formal wedding where everyone was uncomfortable.  We also couldn’t see restricting who could come because of paying per guest!

Fun does not have to be defined by the amount of money spent, or the level of physical discomfort one endures to achieve the end goal of getting married.  On the beach, high heeled shoes, formal dresses, and strangling ties are so out of place that I couldn’t imagine anyone enduring the situation to begin with.

Greg and I will bend to tradition too, as we embrace the symbolism of the rings and the meaning of the vows we’ll exchange, that’s the important stuff.  For the Gathering that we have chosen as our version of a reception, that is geared strictly to provide maximum fun factor for everyone!

So…here it is, in all of its glory!

Finally, after three years of engagement, Gia and Greg have announced their wedding date. They will exchange vows on October 29, 2011 in Hancock County, Mississippi on the beach by the Gulf of Mexico. Immediately following the ceremony, a Gathering is to be held in the Spirit of Universal Love and Peace, and food will be shared with their guests as everyone has an opportunity to commune with Nature, their companions, and the newlywed couple.

The ceremony itself will be held at 2 p.m., with the Gathering formally beginning immediately afterwards. Food will be served, as well as the traditional cake. Coffee and soft drinks will also be provided.

This wedding is being held on Halloween weekend, and in the spirit of Universal Love, they are asking that all guests come dressed in some version of a “hippy” costume. No suits or formal attire is permitted on the beach. Dogs are welcome, on leash.

In the spirit of the 1960s hippy, Universal Love, Peace, and the planet, the couple is not sending formal paper invitations. For this informal gathering, they simply ask that everyone who will be attending to please RSVP by email or SMS message before the 10th of October to allow for a head count for the food and beverages. They ask that guests bring a folding chair with them as well, and suggest water shoes and towels too. Please be aware that there are no lifeguards on Hancock County’s beaches, but the sand is beautiful and the waters will still be warm. This is a family-friendly gathering, so bring sand toys for the kids!

We will welcome our friends and family to share this happy occasion with us, and sincerely hope that many can come and join in the Gathering, which is surely going to be a special event.

To help everyone who is coming from out of town, we will check on campsites for our hippy friends. For our broke yuppy friends, we will negotiate for a low motel rate. For our friends who want fancier digs, we suggest they check out the offerings at the casinos in Biloxi/Gulfport…but they are really on their own! To help in our negotiations, please let us know when you RSVP whether you need a campsite or a motel room.

The couple will leave on their glamping honeymoon following the Gathering.

Gifts are not expected, but will be graciously accepted. The couple has registered with Amazon.com and Walmart.com only.


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2 Responses to “Our wedding announcement”

  1. stace8383 July 19, 2011 at 7:31 am #

    Congratulations and best wishes!! It sounds like it’s going to be a lovely day. I completely agree that spending lots of money doesn’t make for a joyful occasion; my own wedding was cheap and held in a garden, and everybody had a lovely time. 🙂

    • giascott July 19, 2011 at 7:44 am #

      Thank you so much! And I totally agree–an expensive and fancy wedding certainly does not guarantee a happy marriage anyhow. (Prime example: Prince Charles & Princess Diana) For that matter, who doesn’t love a day at the beach to begin with? It’s a great excuse to go hang out and do what we never seem to make the time to do normally! (Dress up in comfortable clothes, hang out with friends, play on the beach…and have a picnic!)

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