Mr Wedding Planner: 232 days to go

Cunning plans, Blackadder, and high costs!

The theme for today? A cosy suite with jacuzzi, alcohol and rumpy-pumpy in bed, yes it is time for another passionate session of Mr Wedding Planner!
But before all of you think that this was going to be an insert out of Fifty Shades Of Grey, I am sorry to disappoint you. The steamiest scene to be displayed here will be that of me merely talking about a bridal suite while feeling remotely similar to Edmund Blackadder and Baldrick, coming up with a cunning plan, my wedding plan.

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Oh and I do apologise if you have never seen these two gentlemen from the Blackadder series (have you been living under a rock?) or as Edmund would tell you: “your brain would make a grain of sand look large and ungainly and the part of you that can’t be mentioned, I am reliably informed by women around the court, wouldn’t be worth mentioning even if it could be.”

But let us leave the women of the court for now and take a gander down wedding plan lane.   A few days have passed and today my fiancee and I thought we would nail down our location and date while getting our registration for marriage at city hall arranged. However we found ourselves in a slightly different unanticipated predicament. In other words: “we are in the stickiest situation since Sticky the stick insect got stuck on a sticky bun.”
Interestingly enough I felt more like Baldrick today with my fiancee showing more signs of Edmund’s keen thinking.

Close by our ceremonial location (or so we thought), is a picturesque, sizeable monument of a building. Imagine a big old inn. This was to be our setting for a meeting with their business manager. A rapid thinking woman who quickly made it very clear to us that having the ceremony, wedding, dinner, all of it in one location and for less money, would be more sensible. Of course she would say that you think, she wants your money! However the woman was right, so after some calculations (the other location would have cost another 700 euro’s just for the ceremony), seeing the beautiful room of knights (main events room), bridal suite (fancy schmancy) and getting a very good package we have reconsidered and decided to ditch the other ceremonial location. The neanderthal like man in me also thought, one location is easier than two (ahum).

At one point Ayla, asked us if we liked to dance? After almost choking to death on the sip of Coca Cola I was having, my thoughts wandered off wanting to tell her: “have you ever seen a three-legged giraffe dance with a twerking, gothic princess?” Thus after looking into the gorgeously shimmering blue eyes of my fiancee, in some form of telepathy sensation, we decided that a specific disco lounge was not necessary for our wedding. A cunning plan indeed. We now await her proposal with our budget in mind but have managed to set down the 13th of October, as THE date!

Shortly after we found ourselves in the confines of the ever so depressing city hall. A place that gives me the creeps more than Baldrick’s teeth. Talking about teeth, it felt like getting kicked in them when the lady from city hall informed us that getting married would cost a sizeable 570 euro’s! Of course the city will try and suck us dry like some money-crazed leeches. Apparently one requires a proof of location before you can even get the approval forms for marriage submitted. (ondertrouw as the call it in my native Dutch)

So with the day readily planned we moved (through the pissing rain) to the jeweller we had set our eyes upon for the wedding rings. One of the things I love about my fiancee is the fact that with furniture shopping in Ikea or clothing, and now rings we always seem to be aligned quickly on what we both like and want. Thus after a mere 5 minutes we had found the design of the 14 carat gold rings, that will bind us in matrimony.
We were in luck as the second ring cost a small fraction of the first one, thus saving us a few hundred euro’s! Finally a cunning plan brought to a successful conclusion. Now we shall wait two weeks and then we will have them engraved and we will be able to tick this one of the to-do list!

Next up we will try to get the package deal of our liking, and the approval of location, so we can get the pesky admin side with city hall finalised. Until next time!

P.S. I have decided on a wedding outfit, hope you like it!
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Mr Wedding Planner: 237 days to go

The husband-to-be doing the wedding planning, WHAT?

Not often (rarely) do you hear about the man taking care of the wedding plans. Well ‘Mr Wedding Planner’ is my take on being one of those men and my lead up to the big day! I will be dedicating as many posts as time will allow me to share with you, my road to the big day in this column called: ‘Mr Wedding Planner’.

Just to make a few things very clear: I am not gay (no offense), a major control freak, nor does my fiancee not give a toss about our wedding. She ‘IS’ however one hell of a chaotic, stressful, somewhat headless chicken when it comes to these things, thus she has kindly asked me to take the lead in the planning. Things we do for our women right? 😉

Now I am sure that any females reading this will probably laugh their panties off and will state things like: how can a man do a woman’s job? He will screw this up, I am sure!
Well for a man who irons his own shirts, cleans, and does his chores around the house, I believe this venture of a wedding plan will go down well!

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So there are a lot of details to be clarified in the coming weeks. We have set our intended wedding day to October 13th 2017, and by Wednesday next week we will hope to have this confirmed! The same counts for the location which I will delve into a little more later in the post. I am sure you have seen some wedding programs on the tv channel TLC or something of the sort. The bigger the better. Well not for us. Luckily my fiancee shares my view and we both decided against a massive and expensive wedding as we do not consider it to be worth it (opinion yes I know) and would rather spend our hard earned money on other parts of our lives. Currently we are looking at about 46 guests. But let me begin at the beginning, starting with us!

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Giza, Egypt (2015)

So this is us! My beautiful fiancee Ragna and I. After 1,5 years of engagement, we are now working towards our wedding day on the Friday, 13th of October 2017! Yes, bring out your Jason Voorhees masks! The above picture was taken in Giza, Egypt which we visited due to my parents living in Cairo. A nice backdrop for a proposal, right? And thankfully she said ‘yes’! I also do not have the big Bin Laden beard anymore. Oh and guess what, we actually met on Tinder. An online brothel or swinging community to some, but for us it was love at first sight. Thank you Tinder!

So where do we stand right now in terms of planning and timing? Well yesterday we had the pleasure of going to our proposed ceremony location. And boy let me tell you, we were sold at first glance. A gorgeous medieval style building which on the inside looks like we have entered the queen’s palace, but then in the times of William of Orange.

Authentic art, beautiful wall and ceiling decorations and that lovely old smell! Utterly in awe of the place we have to now get it reserved with the local city hall of The Hague. So coming Wednesday I hope to tell you all that our location and also wedding date and time are set in stone. Fingers crossed! Pictures of this location I will keep secret until the actual wedding day of course.

Furthermore I thankfully have a lovely organised sister Cecile, who has taken up the task of helping my fiancee and me on the day itself by being our host. Thank you dear sis! And let me tell you my sister makes lists of everything, plans everything, I believe her daily toilet visits are even on planned lists somewhere. 😉

Stay tuned for my next post next week, with hopefully a confirmed date and location!