Post # 17
@sweetmagnolia: We celebrate both anniversaries! For our Indian wedding, we go out to an Indian restaurant and for our American anniversary, we go to an American restaurant. 🙂 Well, of course the Indian wedding was more special for him because his family was at that one, and for me the American wedding was more special for the same reason, but we both loved both weddings and had a blast! We got engaged in July 2009 and his parents went and booked the reception hall for Nov 2009 right away and they planned everything. For Indian weddings, you are supposed to have an “auspicious date” selected, so his mom inquired which dates would be good and thus Nov. 17th was selected for us! 🙂 When we got to India 8 days before the wedding, all that needed to be done was to get both of our wedding outfits, jewelry, pick the menu for the reception. Practically, everything was done already! It was a whirlwind, with meeting his family, experiencing culture shock there, major jetlag, then the wedding. It was wild. But the wedding was great and we went to the Taj Mahal for two days for our minimoon which was awesome. Here’s a pic:
Post # 18
@Jenn23: lovely. you guys look great! and it sounds like a whirlwind… i am definately reassured by your comments. i have been more than a bit hesitant and reluctant particually because out of control of the situation.
but by knowing that it has been done by a few others (in your case so quickly) and that it’s not so wacky i think i’m more open to the idea than i was a few days ago. i’ll take deep breaths and let the universe have its way and we’ll see if we have ourselves an indian wedding this summer! hopefully, you’ll still be around as more questions arise… 🙂
Post # 19
I say just let go and go for it. I say be psyched to be able to celebrate your love twice and in such an interesting and exciting way. I say be thankful for being so fortunate. 🙂
I *wish* I was having an Indian wedding. I’d love to be at yours. lol :)))
Post # 20
@sweetmagnolia: Yep, I should still be around. I’m a Weddingbee addict. 🙂 Let me know if you have any other questions and I wish you all the best!! By the way, what city in India would you be going to? Just curious!
Post # 21
@jenangeles: We’re getting legally married in German in May, followed by a big wedding in the US in September. Looks as though most European countries keep legal and spiritual things separate.
Post # 22
I’m “eloping” bc my fi family/ friends live abroad-Vienna Austria . We r going to them vs their coming to us. We have a small end budget. And Europeans typically have 2 ceremonies FYI bc they require a civil – religious is not considered equally binding and is optional.
Our 2nd will be in my hometown about 3 months later. Again, my family is large and cannot fly to Europe bc it’s financially difficult at this time. We plan to have a ring/vow exchange complete with an isle walk and reception (granted its only 50 people and simple)
Now I’m thinking how I’m going to fit in a ring ceremony? The church I grew up with-catholic- just told me I need six months ahead of time before applying for a date. So the earliest is dec and we need to do twee reception in sept before FIs parents go back home for the summer. They’re xtended their stay for our reception.
Anyone just have a reception-no second “ceremony?”