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The bird and the worm [Sep. 15th, 2009|02:51 pm]
21st century digital girl
Okay, so I know it's lame and cliche, but I'm going to do what everyone else I know who's just thrown a wedding did and whine about how I feel stressed because I feel like I've got nothing done and I'm way behind and super intimidated by the people I have to work with because I'm doing it all myself. (Even though tons of people have genuinly offered to help me.)

But seriously guys, The Boy and I throw theme parties all the time. They go off swimmingly without a hitch. They look good. People participate and have a good time. I don't understand why I can't just make this one work like the rest.  Other than it is just the most people I have ever had to wrangle, ever, and also the hugest budget I've ever had to blow, even if the "average" bride drops as much on her dress alone.

We've finally got the place down at least. A really mod theater/recording studio down in Birmingham. It's been hard to sell to the grown-ups, but they aren't paying so they've just had to (rock&) roll with it. Most of the presexisting decoration is lighting and fabric.

I'm worried that nobody we know really dances, so I'm trying to come up with ways to make the reception really interactive, and less boring. 

We're DJing ourselves with a laptop and special premade playlists, hopefully with a home-made jukebox GUI that will alllow people to browse the preloaded music and request something to be inserted. (This will also prevent people from requesting total crap, and from having things snuck in that I never want to hear, such as that one Aerosmith song everybody and thier mom plays for slow dance time. Fuck that, we're slow dancing to Eels or The Cure or something!) I'm toying with the idea of giving DJbot3000 a break and having a band, too. A band made up of guitar hero players and a projector. If people won't dance, maybe they'd like to play?

I think the favors are going to be customized card games on all the tables, and I want the guest book to be made up of  "comment cards" with questions and blanks and maybe space for them to draw a picture with crayons, possibly also on the tables. I also want the program to have a tear out page with paper airplane fold lines. maybe we can as for the guests to write a wish for us on them and throw them up at the part where we run out of the ceremony. Do you think I am going to lose an eye? 

I think we're also maybe having serving stations serving weird interactive food, like pad thai so people will be involved in thier dinners.

I'm about to send an e-mail to a photographer I like to see if she'd be willing to help me rig up some sort of digital photobooth type area. Finding a way to have a "photobooth" is, like, my hugest pet project/the holy grail of things that we could have.

Does it sound like I'm on the right track? Have I lost focus? How am I going to get this all done? Actually I feel better having written it all out. This is alot to have going on during a five-hour party. I would have a good time at this hypothetical party. In fact, I want to attend it. 












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[User Picture]From: thisiscontrol
2009-09-16 12:07 pm (UTC)
I was going to suggest that a photobooth was essential, and then I got to your part about trying to set one up. Good luck doing that. I was just trying to find a link to this photobooth I saw once that would add relevant content to peoples' images, though I always felt like it was something of a human construction rather than an automatic feature, like you would ultimately want in that situation, I think. Anyway. I found this link which seems maybe helpful?

http://www.pcworld.com/article/170322/build_your_own_photo_booth.html?tk=rss_news

Also, humor: "Most of the presexisting decoration is lighting and fabric."
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