Good Night Groom – A Surprise Bachelor Party

Roland and Morgan have had a lovely day, and are just returning home from a beautiful sunset cruise.

Wait. Roland senses an unusual shape among the shadows, and tenses, silently signaling to Morgan that there might be trouble. “Who’s there?” he calls out to the darkness.

A rustle of leaves, a muffled grunt, shadows move forward carefully avoiding the light. Two break off and come forward. One tall and lean, one shorter and stouter, both dressed in black suits and wearing sunglasses. Roland gets the feeling that he’s seen them before…

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One week out…

Or, one month on the compressed timeline :-). Since one of the last items is “Send a timeline to the bridal party,” I’m posting this as a summary.

Day-of-ceremony timeline (UPDATED 2/13):
NOTE: Once again, since this is all being done kind of RPG-bluebook-style, we’re not expecting people to actually be online and posting at these times. We’d like it if everyone is able to get their bits posted within a few days of the 14th, but we also recognize that people have real-space obligations. If any members of the wedding party missed seeing the rehearsal page, please let me know and I’ll send the link.

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I was going to do two posts, one for ceremony music and one for reception music, but since I’m not including lots of links or embedded videos I’ve decided to do them both in one post. Some of these pieces have particular significance to one or both of us, but I’ll get into those in the ceremony/reception posts.

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Meet-and-Greet party

[This is intended as sort of an explanation of the general idea for the pre/post/ceremony/reception posts, and test run to see if there are any problems with the process that need to be addressed.]

Invitation to:
* George and Shelli King
* Susan Fox and Gene Turnbow
* Gordon and Blake Kero
* Delari Johnston and Keith Murray
* Joseph and Joanne Greene
* James Davis and Tanya Stewart
(consider these to include “and family” if you have young’uns you’ll be bring along)

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Morgan and Roland
would be delighted
if you could join them
for an evening of pizza
and conversation
at their home
(some evening before
the ceremony *g*)

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Two months before…

Today I’ll start sending out the invitations (or more specifically, the text content of the Invitations page with a link thereto — no big graphics in email!). While a few will be individually emailed, most will be by way of posts to email lists, LiveJournal, Facebook, etc. Hopefully the explanation we wrote will actually get the idea across without confusing too many people :-).

As for the checklist:

  • We still need to decide which of the charities we chose for our registry to use for the favors, or if we should pick a third option. Opinions welcome. (Note: The I Do Foundation no longer exists, having become part of in 2016.)
  • The ceremony is almost written, but we still need to finalize it and the events of the reception. One thing we both agree on: NO Chicken Dance!
  • The music list is pretty much done. I’ll post that sometime this week.

Like many brides at this point in the process, I’ve had my moments of “maybe we should just drop the whole thing and elope,” but I think we’re past that point now. I guess the Powers decided to make sure I didn’t miss that part of the bridal experience ;-).


These are the ones we’ve been wearing for almost fourteen years, but we still love them and I want to give a shout-out to Walker Metalsmiths Celtic Jewelry, who are still making many gorgeous things!

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The design is named “Ceol Mo Chridhe“, Gaelic for “Music of My Heart.” Ours are white gold, like the images above. I remember at the time how hard is was finding knotwork rings that weren’t made of silver, and how pleased I was not only to find something so perfect but that their prices were also affordable (obviously they’ve gone up since then). I had to have mine resized, but they did it for IIRC the cost of shipping and had it back in time for the ceremony. Seriously, I can’t say enough good things about them :-).