Cassie and Matthew’s Wedding, April 2011

This is a page for all the information about our wedding in April 2011. I’m going to transfer it all over here from the old site, which was cassieandmatthew.com.

Here are all my posts and pages about the wedding:

Wedding
  • Wedding Music – First Dances 2012-05-06 About time I finished posting these. These were the tunes we chose as our first dances – first with Cassie and I, and then with Cassie and her Daddy (she loves her Daddy). We’d used My Funny Valentine in another version as the processional, and the Stevie Wonder tune came out when Cassie was a baby, ...
  • Ceremony – The Speech We Didn’t Use 2012-05-05 Continuing with this. Among all the wedding preparations, speeches and everything, we kept coming up with phrases that were funnily ambiguous. Here’s a few of them. Try inserting them in your own vows, and try and keep a straight face. “I will never forget what you did.” “I don’t think anything will let me forget you.” “You have had ...
  • Wedding Music – Afterparty Playlist 2011-10-07 After the wedding venue closed up, we invited those who wanted to continue the party to our suite overlooking the Bellagio fountains. I quickly sat and threw together this playlist (all the while being told off for “being on the computer”). Elvis Costello And The Attractions : Accidents Will Happen Meat Beat Manifesto : Acid Again ...
  • Wedding Music – Dancing 2011-10-06 This one was a lot of fun to put together, and quite tricky at the same time. We had to use stuff that people would know, like, and want to dance to. The fact the dancefloor was full almost the entire time shows we got it mostly right. This playlist wasn’t played in order – it ...
  • Reception – Lego Cake Topper 2011-10-05 During the early planning stages of our wedding, Cassie sent me a link to a Lego wedding cake topper that she thought looked cool. We were wondering what we should do about that – we thought it would be fun to have an interesting cake topper (these details are all very important) but we’d seen ...
  • Reception – Best Man Speech 2011-09-14 After all the effort that went into our wedding, we wanted to share some of the main bits for those who weren’t able to come, or want a reminder of the celebrations, or are looking for ideas… This is the full text of Robin’s Best Man speech, recorded for posterity. Ladies and Gentlemen, good evening. My name ...
  • Wedding Music – Dinner 2011-09-13 This playlist was played while people ate. It was a chance to play some cheeky tracks that wouldn’t have cut it on the dancefloor, but were favorites of ours which have been included on playlists when we held barbeques and parties in Los Angeles. Elvis Costello & The Attractions : (The Angels Wanna Wear ...
  • Reception – Table Name Cards 2011-09-12 Not much to report here. We ordered the table name cards from a seller on Etsy. She had a nice design we liked, so we contacted her and asked how it would work. She needed a specially-formatted Excel file of all the names, which we were able to easily provide, having exported it from The ...
  • Reception – Table Favors 2011-09-10 You have to have table favors – little gifts for each person at their place setting. I’d spoken to a colleague about his recent wedding, where they had little packets of lavender seeds for each guest. He’d said they were expensive, and after the wedding, they found that no-one had taken them. We didn’t want ...
  • Reception – Art Book as Guest Book 2011-09-09 Many people have a guest book at their wedding reception for guests to write a nice message in. We wanted to do this but decided we wanted to have an extra twist. We can’t remember where we got this idea – either Cassie came up with it or it was on a forum or in ...
  • Wedding Music – Cocktail Hour 2011-09-08 Straight after the ceremony, the guests went out onto the terrace and enjoyed a cocktail or glass of wine (or juice) while we were whisked off on a golf cart for photos by the Las Vegas sign across the road. Cassie put this playlist together to be played during the cocktail hour. I’m not a ...
  • Ceremony – Cassie’s Statement to Matthew 2011-09-07 In the script, you can see a space for a statement from Cassie to me. Here it is – Taylor had it printed on a nice card Matthew, I can think of many words to describe you: kind, funny, intelligent, generous, handsome, and sweet. But when I try to describe myself there’s only one word that comes ...
  • Ceremony – Matthew’s Statement to Cassie 2011-09-06 In the script, you can see a space for a statement from me to Cassie. Here it is – Taylor had it printed on a nice card, so I could read it. Cassie. In the four years we’ve been together, you have turned my life upside down and that’s why I’m head over heels in love ...
  • Ceremony – Script 2011-09-05 This is it – the point of all this palaver. Making promises to each other in front of our friends and family. The ceremony was not going to be a standard religious one. We had our own thoughts on what we wanted to say, and the officiant, Taylor, was going to be a big part of ...
  • Wedding Music – Processional and Recessional 2011-09-04 This was the music that was played as we walked down the aisle, and then as we walked back. The first tune was reprised in our first dance, and the cue for the strums of the acoustic on the second tune was the moment when we kissed, and apparently it was quite the good effect! Processional: ...
  • Ceremony – Program Booklet 2011-09-02 The idea for a wedding program came from a couple of ideas. The main one was a desire to include my parents somehow. There would be guests who didn’t know where they were, so I wanted a way to explain it all and commemorate them at the same time. We also wanted to get some form ...
  • Wedding Music – Guest Arrival 2011-09-01 This music was for when the guests were arriving. We wanted it to be a nice ambient/”loungecore” kind of vibe, in keeping with the tropical surroundings of the venue. An extra nice touch was that Franz Kirmann was a guest at the wedding (Cassie knows him from her time at London Film School), so we ...
  • Before – Welcome Bag Room Drops 2011-08-30 We wanted to have a room drop for our guests at their hotels. This is when the hotel leaves something in each room – a bouquet perhaps, or a gift, or a folder of information for a conference delegate. We decided to leave a bag of goodies for everyone. The hotels all agreed, and some ...
  • Before – Taylor’s Tonics Special Editions 2011-08-30 Taylor Peck, Cassie’s old high school friend, and our officiant at the wedding, owns and runs Taylor’s Tonics. I’ve written about them before. As a lovely gesture, he brewed up a couple of special limited edition sodas to celebrate our wedding. He slipped a bottle of each into the guest room drop bags. There was ...
  • Before – Guest Lists 2011-07-13 We ended up using The Knot as our “wedding management tool”, and for the most part it was very good. But we had some issues with the guest list feature – which is arguably the most useful part of it. It’s very powerful, in that you can arrange your guest list into parties, for example a ...
  • Before – Information Cards 2011-07-12 Because there were a few extra pieces of important information that we needed to be sure people had, we included a card with the invitations which laid it all out. The card included: Hotel information Expected attire Notice for guests with children Notice about the registry Here’s the card as it was laid out by the printers. I personally think a ...
  • Before – Hand-Cancelling Wedding Invitations 2011-06-17 We had the idea to “hand-cancel” our wedding invitations. I can’t remember where the idea came from – when you read the magazines and forums, you get bombarded with cute ideas, many of which seem good at the time. “Cancelling” is when the postal service prints something over the stamps to prevent them being peeled off ...
  • Before – Photo Postage Stamps 2011-06-17 When we were getting our invitations, we had the idea (probably from a forum or somewhere) to get special custom photo postage stamps from Zazzle, an online printing company. They do a range of stamps in various denominations, and allow you to upload your own photo or artwork to be included on the stamp. We chose ...
  • Before – Invitations 2011-06-17 A lot of people put a lot of effort into their wedding invitations. We didn’t go as crazy as some people do, and sadly we aren’t able to come up with something as amazingly brilliant as this “album cover” concept, but we did want something nice to send to people. It was clear that for this ...
  • Before – Wedding Websites 2011-06-14 We signed up for an account at The Knot, which is a wedding organizing website. Sister sites The Nest and The Bump are devoted to termite infestations and skin diseases, I guess. Or perhaps the Druidess character from Sláine and the 1975 “hit” by glam-rock never-were’s Kenny. But again, I was struck by an urge to ...
  • Before – Save The Date Fridge Magnets 2011-06-09 When you get engaged, people like to know about it, but not all engaged couples immediately go on to get married. The idea of a ‘Save The Date’ is to tell people that already know you’re engaged that you are planning a wedding. Or, it tells people that you just got engaged and there’s no ...
  • Inkscape, Free Vector Graphics Editor 2011-06-09 For some of the things we did for the wedding, we needed to produce graphics to be inserted in programs, printed on tins, and so on. For all of these, I used the free open-source editor Inkscape. I’ve used it for a long time, and I like it because: It’s free to download and use, and open-source It’s ...
  • What We Did For The Wedding 2011-06-09 Cassie and I have been married now for over a month, and we’re blissfully happy. Most of all, we’re blissfully happy that all the organization and arranging that had to be done is over with. I should say that Cassie did most of the arranging, with me being a general dogsbody and simply doing what I ...
  • Cassie and Matthew’s Wedding, April 2011 2011-05-10 This is a page for all the information about our wedding in April 2011. I’m going to transfer it all over here from the old site, which was cassieandmatthew.com. Here are all my posts and pages about the wedding: Share and enjoy:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new ...
  • Cassie is Getting Married 2011-04-29 JosephNils: Cassie is Getting Married. Another lovely shot from my favourite Swedish photographer, Patrick Jackson of Elektrik Zoo. Share and enjoy:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)MoreClick to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in ...
  • JosephNils: The Balcony 2011-04-28 JosephNils: The Balcony. Some great photos by Friend Patrick from our suite after the wedding. Many more to come! Share and enjoy:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)MoreClick to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens ...
  • One Step, Two Steps, Getting Closer 2011-04-11 OK so a week from now Cassie and I will be married, and all seem well and in hand. She had her San Francisco Bridal Shower on Sunday, at Lovejoys Tea Rooms on Church, which by all accounts was “lovely”. Friend Kristen was in town, so while Cassie was getting girly, we went to Crissy Field ...
  • Two Weeks To Go 2011-04-05 (This was cross-posted at the official wedding website) Our wedding is next week and we are very excited. We still have a few details to wrap up but we are just about ready to celebrate with you in Las Vegas. Our hotel block is closed now and we’re confident that you are going to enjoy your ...
  • Wedding Tidbits 2011-01-25 I got my suit at the weekend, after lots of back and forth around Union Square in San Francisco. I’m very happy with what I ended up with, but I suspect Cassie thinks I’m going to look like Rodney Dangerfield in Caddyshack crossed with Nucky Thompson. I’m going for a more subtle vibe than that, ...
  • Wedding Website 2010-10-08 Just to let you know, Cassie and I have a wedding website at www.cassieandmatthew.com. It will have all of our information on it,  along with links to registries, hotels and so on. All the latest information will be up there when we know it ourselves. The current theme is a stopgap – my niece Kat designs ...
  • WWRBD? 2010-09-19 My mind drifted to how Roast Beef in Achewood, my favorite webcomic, reacted to the whole marriage thing. Here are some classic moments in the Getting Married story arc, and how I’m applying their “wisdom” to my own situation. He tried to save money on invitations while trying to register for antidepressants Have you seen ...
  • Getting All Up In The Wedding Preparations 2010-09-17 OK so now Cassie and I are engaged, and we went to Las Vegas at the weekend to hunt down a nice venue and fix the date. We did find a place, and fix the date, and all that stuff will be revealed on our official wedding website, which we will properly link to when ...
  • How to stay informed 2010-08-29 (This was cross-posted at the official wedding website) All the posts and information on this site are available on an RSS newsfeed. The RSS feed link is at the top right – copy it into your feed reader. I recommend Google Reader. If you don’t know what a newsfeed is, this site gives a short and simple ...