(Closed) Is this a dumb idea?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I am also a history nerd and now I am SO curious about whose home you are getting married in (can I guess?  Is it Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage?)!  I think providing some history would be great, and would be a reflection of your love of history.  I would provide realistic information about this particular president, but I wouldn’t put anything too depressing on there (ie- This president was responsible for such and such law, and then he passed a bill that led to the slaughter of thousands of people” or something).  Keep it light… it is your reception after all.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

i think if you phrase it as “fun facts”  and not serious, controversial, or potential argument-starters, it could be kind of neat and show a cute side of your personality.

just make them really light and interesting instead of polarizing. you definitely don’t want them sparking heated political disputes over the healthcare bill and how republicans are ruining the country/how democrats are ruining the country.

Post # 5
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18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I agree that keeping it light would be good, no talking about him killing or enslaving people.  But it would be very interesting overall!

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

I think it would be cool, especially if you’re a history buff – it’s a cool way to add some personality to the reception!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I also think this is a really fun idea, and a great way to personalize your wedding!  If it’s a president from so long ago that no one alive was around during his presidency, then I actually think it might be okay to include some somewhat controversial things.  Unless they’re still really contentious amongst the general public and liable to cause Uncle Jerry and Cousin Margene to get into a whopping debate.  It seems that most people just look at most controversial issues in history and accept them at face value because they’re far removed from the events/debated issues of today.

 

ETA: I think the Trail of Tears would be fine to mention.  Most people are familiar with the concept of it but aren’t emotionally attached to the story and the people whose lives were affected.  As long as you don’t get into the gritty details, I think it should be fine…

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Andrew Jackson is a tough one… (I am actually reading a biography on him right now).  Maybe focus the trivia/facts on the Hermitage itself?  Important meetings that took place there, family members who lived there, I think there was a fire at some point… etc?  Then you can get the history without mentioning the Trail of tears… because there is just no happy way to spin that and no one wants to read about that at a wedding.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

If it’s a historical site, I am going to guess that there’s a brochure or something that you can make available to people about the site.  Or, you could make a little brochure of your own just about the history of the site.  You could put it out on the escort card table or out on the tables during cocktail hour. 

Focusing on the actual place and not necessarily the president’s term would be a good way to bring attention to the venue and avoid talking about all the not so happy things they do.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’m a history grad student- so it’s not for lack of love for history that I say I wouldn’t do it.  To put out honest information you would have to bring up a very sad discussion of human evil, and I don’t see how that will improve anyone’s experience of the event.  Of the three presidents I can think of associated with Nashville, there aren’t any that I would want to discuss on my wedding day. For those who don’t know about whoever it is, then there is no reason to inform them of this person’s connection to slavery or the trail or tears or whatever.  And for those who do know, well they also know the two of you and they know that you aren’t like that.  Just focus on the fact that it is a beautiful venue which will be filled with your family and friends celebrating the joy of your wedding.  There’s no need to bring up the misdeeds of whoever used to own the place.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

As someone who’s an anthropology nerd, I know that I could say a few words about the adverse effects of primitvism on museum and media depictions of Africans and thus the western public’s perceptions of the people of an entire continent and no one would think twice about it if they’re not personally very interested in the topic, no matter how much it works me up.  I think that a few basic facts about some awful circumstances in the distant history would have the same effect on the general public.  You as history nerds might find the Trail of Tears ordeal very depressing because you’re used to connecting with stories from the past and know those gritty details, but to everyone else, the blurb will be read, and they’ll think, “what an unfortunate circumstance,” and move on.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think people are busy enough at the reception without needing reading material. But, how about on the back of your programs? Sort of, this site is the home of Andrew Jackson so we just wanted you to know a bit about the place. I can always use reading material while waiting for the ceremony to start.

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