Fast forward to the next few days as I consulted with Travis. It turns out we we're pretty much on the same page for the type of wedding we want -- simple, a chance for our families to connect, affordable and fun:
- City Hall Ceremony
- Bike Ride
- Gathering with friends and family
We've quickly learned that our vision of a simple wedding celebrating with our favorite people could easily get sucked into the wedding vortex (with grandioise everything, coupled with obscene costs). Travis just calls it all a scam. Either way, our City Hall rental contract for one hour is 19 pages long and finding a casual venue for a gathering to blend spandex-clad cyclists, friends who don't bike and family took at least 12 hours of scouting.
Luckily, we have found the basics:
- City Hall Ceremony date: July 22nd
- Private house rental in nearby Noe Valley that will serve as housing for my immediate family and party/gathering venue post-bike ride
Now we have to wrap our heads around all of next steps (and there are many!) -- but we need to continue to keep in mind our basic vision and I'm pretty sure we'll be pleased with the experience.