The trials of building a wedding in two cities and hosting it in a third.

23 Mar

Having a getaway wedding is a great idea. For many reasons, we are very happy with our decision to have our wedding in Galena.

Living in St. Louis, storing my wedding goods in Streator, and planning a wedding in Galena, however, has offered up some interesting challenges. Challenges that could have been avoided, perhaps, if I weren’t so hell bent on doing everything myself. I am hellbent on that though so really the point is moot. (Or Moo, like a Cow’s opinion, if you love Friends as much as I do.)

Anywho. We are making, fashioning and crafting nearly every aspect of this wedding by hand with the exceptions of my dress and the church. I love that. It provides hours of crafting fun and it makes the whole event feel a lot more personal. It also means that we will be hauling every aspect of the wedding from St. Louis/Streator to Galena. Cute.

In the coming weeks I will be purchasing a lifetime supply of rubbermaid totes in which we will store and transport our wedding treasures. Should you forsee yourself moving in the months following our wedding, please let us know. We will be happy to provide you with all the rubbermaid totes you need to move an entire warehouse from one coast to the other. We are considering launching a rubbermaid tote rental company.

So all of these totes are fine and good. Until you combine them with a wedding dress, a MOB dress, personal luggage, 4 giant mums and assorted people. Then it becomes a challenge because, well, that’s a lot of crap to fit into two suvs, one minivan and a sedan (the current Galena Trail Caravan).

And so, it looks like this beast is being added to being added to the Galena Trail Caravan lineup:


Isn’t it cute?

That’s right. We’ll be rollin up to our  wedding not in a limo. Oh no. Not in a horse and carriage. Hell no, no cargo room in a carriage. We’ll be rolling up in a cargo van. I’m calling it the Wedding Van. At least its white.

Maggie and Zac: All Class, All The Time.

Whatever. Add this to the list of things people don’t mention about destination and diy weddings.

Really, it’s a relief that this is necessary. Everyone has their pet peeves. Mine? Driving long distances in vehicles that are packed to the brim. It makes me a nervous wreck. It is a result of too many trips home from college with my backseat crammed full of two months worth of laundry. So if we pack up the Wedding Van and our SUV contains nothing but us and one fabulous wedding dress I will be one happy destination bride. (What? You didn’t think I was going to drive that thing did you?? That’s Father of the Bride territory.)

And you better believe there will be cans tied to the bumper.


6 Responses to “The trials of building a wedding in two cities and hosting it in a third.”

  1. Shelsey March 23, 2009 at 5:15 pm #

    Hey Maggie!
    I love the pimp van it’s awesome.

  2. Zac March 23, 2009 at 5:17 pm #

    Moo! Ha, gotta love a good Friends reference. I was a little confused about what a MOB dress was. I eventually decoded the acronym, but at first I was picturing something with pinstripes and a tommy gun. That would be cool.

  3. mom March 23, 2009 at 6:40 pm #

    zac, seriously I AM THE MOB!!! now ya got it!! we could always make the bridesmaids drive that thing!! haha sorry shelsey, you’s look so cute driving that!!! when we all arrive in Galena it will be a site to behold!! its coming…..

  4. maggieandzac March 23, 2009 at 6:50 pm #

    A sight to behold for sure…don’t you feel bad sometimes? Its this sweet, sleeply little town and we’re about to come barging in! They have no idea…dozens of yelling Italians, a bunch of Brust women…it will take Galena years to recover from this.

  5. ERICA!!!!!! March 24, 2009 at 7:10 pm #

    OMG!! I TOTALLY want to drive that thingy!! Pleeeeeeeease!?!

    • maggieandzac March 24, 2009 at 7:34 pm #

      Erica you must be outside your mind if you think anyone is going to let you near the drivers seat of that thing!!

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