I like the ceremonies of life. I like weddings. I even like funerals. I like formal church services.
I attended two wedding receptions on the past two weekends. Each reception could not have been more dissimilar.
Unfortunately, we were not invited to the weddings because they were small and private. I would have rather attended the weddings than the receptions.
One wedding and reception took place at a small local winery. The reception was for about 100 invited guests with tables for everyone, beautiful centerpieces, heavy hors d'oeuvres and a DJ. The cake was beautiful. The wedding party was small. It was fairly low key and nicely done.
The other wedding took place at a very small, historic church which held a very limited number of people. I would have loved to have seen the wedding because at the end they released white doves into the sky. The reception, however, had about 250 guests, the wedding party (30+ people) and a huge band. There was a sit-down dinner and the food was cold. They forgot the toast. The cake very plain and small. Actually, I kept walking up to the cake and then informing my table that the cake was cardboard and it must have been there until the real cake arrived. As time passed and no fancy cake appeared I realized that it was not a cardboard cake at all! Silly me. But, of course, the bride was beautiful and happy and that is what was important.
I definitely prefer small, intimate weddings and receptions. Simple is best.