George and Lia
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How to organize a wedding – just waiting for the book NOT KIDDING
HAPPY COUPLE: George & Lia
WEDDING DATE: July 12 -every year
WEDDING LOCATION: Every state. 24 so far.
HOW AND WHERE DID YOU MEET: Mutual friends, but ultimately the Albert’s Bar at the San Diego Zoo where he was bartending.
WEDDING THEME: Varies
THE WEDDING DAY:
The first time we got married, we eloped to Carson City, Nevada. Right?! Well we never told anyone and it seemed anti climactic, so the following year, we had a wedding with friends and family in our home town on the first anniversary of our original wedding date.
But then- We had TWO marriage licenses from different states- so we thought we’d go ahead and collect them all. After that, we got married every year on July 12 in a different state.
We kept it a secret for ten years and very minimalist. Just trips to the courthouse and Polaroid selfies.
After we told people, we started having friends or family members join us. My girlfriends all came to Austin, Texas. My parents came to Bismarck, ND. We were hosted by my friend Heather in Cable, WI and and George’s sister in Erie, PA.
We have finally gotten to the point that we have a theme and a photographer every year.
At 24 weddings, we are nearly halfway to our goal of a wedding in every state. Since we only do it on our anniversary, we’re going to be pretty old when we finish!
BADASS WEDDING ATTIRE:
In the beginning, I mostly wore cheap dresses from the Mall. But I’ve also worn my grandmother’s dress, my mom’s dress, borrowed dresses and even rented. Mostly, now I look on Etsy. I try to keep the dress budget to $200 or less.
In the beginning, he usually wore shorts and a button up short sleeve shirt. But he’s also worn some great vintage suits, a hot pink shorts suit in Florida and this year a fab, powder blue polyester tux.
WEDDING BUDGET: Since we get married every year, we really have to keep it low. First there’s the travel and accommodations, then the attire and now with wanting a photographer, that is often the most expensive part.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ATTENDED: 0-70!
HAIR / MAKE UP: I am a hairdresser, so I always do my own.
We’ve had @hludzak from Cable, WI, who is a dear friend from college who catered twice. Once in WI and once in Iowa. Her Brick House Cafe has been on Diners Drive Ins and Dives. (She also arranged for baby goats to be at our WI wedding.)
WHAT DID THE BRIDESMAIDS/MEN WEAR: Whatever the hell they want.
BUDGET SAVING IDEAS: Etsy has been a huge source for attire for both bride and groom. Also vintage stores and thrift stores. We love getting creative and have often made parts of our outfits and I almost always make my bouquet aside from a few that were gifted.
For photography, we really can’t afford to spend thousands every year, so we have gotten some friends of friends, or people starting out still building their portfolio. Other times, I’ve just been honest and said hey, here’s our budget, we really only need an hour or so, would you be interested? We’ve gotten really lucky to work with great photographers and gotten shots we really love.
TIPS FOR FUTURE BADASS BRIDES:
Remember this is about YOU. Don’t get caught up in what friends or family want or advise. Don’t get caught up in what you see others doing. Be creative and be unique so your wedding is yours alone.
I used to work in a salon overlooking a minor city landmark. Every Saturday I would see wedding after wedding party doing the exact same poses in the exact same location.
Don’t be that couple.
GEORGE & LIA