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Thanks to Congress, this future groom suddenly has time to do more wedding planning

Thanks to Congress, I have more free time than usual.  I am a federal employee, but my job does not entail the protection of life or property.  I am “nonessential.”  So, while the Congress and president are split on how to fund government and lift the debt ceiling, I have time to focus on law school and wedding planning.

We are less than eight months away, and we began placing deposits for our venue and wedding cake. Earlier in the year, we jointly visited venues and bakeries. Now, we are dividing our planning duties. I am contacting possible DJs and a wedding officiant. Enrique has contacted a possible wedding photographer. He is also drafting our seating for the reception. Soon, I will talk to florists, and he will reserve our photo booth.

Interestingly, we never had a conversation on who will do what in planning the wedding. The only predetermined role is that we have to plan it ourselves. Instead, we are pitching in, choosing to do what we feel most comfortable with or have the easiest means to accomplish. He has a friend who is a professional wedding photographer; an acquaintance from my alma mater officiates weddings.

Planning this wedding, in many respects, is our greatest group project. We know what we want and it has to represent our joint, unique interests. Why are our colors apple red and navy blue? They are our favorite colors. Why get married at the Inner Harbor? It is the site of our first date in Baltimore. Why are we wearing black tuxedos for a midday spring wedding? Because we love wearing formalwear.

If there is any “theme” or “style” to this wedding, it has to be “us.” The color combinations and venue lends itself to a nautical theme, but that is not quite “us.” Yet, it seems that when people go to a wedding, they expect to see a design motif. On Four Weddings, each winning bride has a style that all other competitors adore. It could be a chevron pattern on dresses and table linens or an old Hollywood flair with black and white everything.

It looks good on TV, but that won’t be Douglas and Enrique. Our guests will see plenty of red and blue, black and white, and a little bit of Superman and Batman. They will hear some old '90s hits mixed with contemporary jazz and some salsa. It may not make a lot of sense, but it will be a true reflection of us.

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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