Wedding Planning

According to all bridal magazines and the internet, now is about the time that Chris and I should start doing things so that a wedding ceremony and reception really happen and people really show up for it next May.  We have a site picked out and some other big stuff settled, but the Bridal Magazines and Bridal Websites of Ultimate Knowledge (abbreviated henceforth as “the BMs”) say we now need to do more things.  So many things.

For example, we need to decide on a theme.  I don’t get this.  Isn’t “marriage” the theme?  We need another theme?  Yes, according to the BMs.  Our wedding must be “victorian vintage” or “cherry blossom” or “rustic country style.”  (These are real theme suggestions).

Our theme would have to be something like “exercise physiology” or “lifting weights” or “working in the laboratory” —things that define much of our shared interests and life together.  Now, a “working in the laboratory” themed wedding would be amazing, and “Bride” magazine would certainly feature it, but exercise / lifting translates better into joyful celebration.


Measuring the abdominal fat of my beloved.  Is “Abdominal Fat Assessment” a good wedding theme?

With the lifting / exercise “theme,” I envision some small lifting related decorations.  (My dad suggested mini chocolate dumbbells as favors; please, if you know of or are yourself a mini chocolate dumbbell supplier, we need you.)

Chris envisioned our ceremony corresponding to prejudging at a bodybuilding show, followed by a “cocktail hour” of powerlifting (in which all guests must compete), followed by a “reception” of a  bodybuilding night show.  It’s every girl’s dream.

Me:  “Does everyone have to wear fake tanner?”

Chris:  “Of course everyone wears tanner.”

And that’s why boys generally don’t get to do much of the wedding planning.


Chris, at a show 5 years ago (where everyone wore tanner)

I’ve also had to veto his ideas of us getting married in powerlifting singlets, of serving only plain chicken and rice, of putting a food scale in the buffet line, and of me walking down the aisle to “Indestructible” by Disturbed (Chris:  “But it was the song I posed to at my first bodybuilding show; it’s special!”  Me:  No.)

But I still sort of like the exercise physiology / lifting / exercise themed wedding idea.

So my question to you, dear blog readers, is what would you do to make a wedding exercise physiology / lifting / exercise themed?  For some reason I’m having trouble finding much on this theme in the BMs. (It was probably the big theme last season).

I have no idea if we’ll end up really using this theme or any theme, but I would love to hear any real (or hilarious) suggestions you all may have.  Please leave a comment with your suggestions.

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7 thoughts on “Wedding Planning

  1. Grant

    To be fair to Chris, Indestructible is a great song. I mean, there’s that to be considered. I’m sure people would much rather hear than than Canon in D. Sure, it’s a nice, traditional song in weddings, but still.

    1. Lindy Post author

      I actually do like Indestructible. It would make our wedding quite unique…

  2. Kathi

    Lindy, you have got to include the wrestling shoes. Will give this theme some serious thought and get back to you with any ideas:)

    1. Lindy Post author

      I could probably wear them under my gown and no one would ever know… hmmm..

  3. Tanya

    Yes, you need to take this ex phys/fitness/body building theme and run with it! :-) Here are my ideas of how to incorporate it in:
    1. Barbell/DB/45# plate shaped save the dates and/or invitations.
    2. Sometimes people organize tables by some kind of theme, like different book titles, CDs, etc…so you could have yours set up where each table is a different lift or frame the title and abstract of different papers you and Chris have published together. Then, rather than finding “Table #8” guest have to find the “Deadlift Table”, “Rossow, 2011” or whatever!
    3. EAS (or similar company) booth set up instead of a bar to mix custom protein shakes for all guests rather than the signature cocktail route.
    4. Have your names and the wedding date printed on shoelaces that people could lace up their sneakers with as your wedding favor. They’ll think of your wedding at every workout!
    5. Your cake! Decorated however you wish! Maybe with little lifting figurines on top instead of the normal bride and groom cake toppers!

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