March 02, 2004
Shower The People
As I thought about our weekend in Chicago, I kept thinking of some good advice I could give to grooms attending their first wedding showers. Here they are, in no particular order:
- Before you go, find out where the nearest packing peanut recycling center is located. You can call the Peanut Hotline at 800-828-2214. If you don't find somewhere to recycle them, you'll probably have enough styrofoam peanuts for an entire year's worth of nursery school arts and crafts projects.
- Propose that everyone wear name tags at the showers. I'm not particulary good with names, especially when I have to remember who goes with who. Color-coded tags, such as red for blood/legal family and blue for friends, would be helpful. Even a wedding facebook which you could study before a party would help you prepare. I would also propose hanging a giant family tree on the wall so everyone can reference it during the party.
- Buy stock in UPS before you go. If you are travelling out of town for showers, you will inevitably have to ship things back. I'm on a first name basis with our UPS guy and might invite him to the wedding at this rate.
- If you're the type of guy whose many responsibilities include the wedding registry - I'm the cook of the two of us - review your potential gifts before the shower. At the women's shower on Sunday, L pulled a souffle dish out of a box and said, "Oh this is, um, something! D will know what it is."
- Build runs or excercise breaks into your schedule. I went for a run with L's brother-in-law and it was a great way to blow off stress and fight the Battle of the Bulge.
Wedding showers are good prep for the wedding itself. It might seem strange that someone who keeps a blog doesn't love being the center of attention in a room, but the weekend was good practice for August, when people will toast us at a rehearsal dinner, watch us kiss, and see us dance. As a number of people reminded me and L, "It's all about you guys."
Posted by The Groom at March 2, 2004 01:33 PM
Like neither you or L knew it was going to be about you all weekend, and besides, L loves it being about you two all weekend, or should I say all year. As I recall, she thinks she is the Queen for a year!!!. It was fun though.
Although I cannot ethically comment on advice to purchase UPS stock, I will offer some helpful hints when using UPS:
Register as a uper of ups.com This will allow you to:
-save tracking numbers to easily track your packages)
-Prepare your shipments with the site's "Create A Shipment" function. This is cheaper than going to a UPS Store, plus you can still drop off a prepaid package at a UPS store and they are required to take it.
-Save addresses in your personal address book
I'd also like to point out that since the first entry on PlanetGordon.com exactly 6 months ago today (9/2/03) UPS stock has risen from a closing price of $62.79 to $69.85 (closing price 3/2/04). Conincidence? I think not.