Archive for February, 2006
Welcome to anyone and everyone visiting this site as a result of the web-address on the Save the Date cards which will be arriving in mailboxes all this week.
A quick note to out-of-towners or those looking for airports and/or lodging for the wedding. On the right-hand side is a link “Out of Towners” which will take you to some information that should be useful.
This section will continue to fill out with stuff to make your journey as good as it can be. No need to reinvent the wheel here; We’re on the job for you!
Our engagement announcment appeared in the Missoulian yesterday, February 19, 2006. A I’ll post a copy when we get it mailed out here.
It’s also available online here.
Missoula, Montana is where I grew up, and where my Dad, my step-mom Sharon and my sister Ruth live.
If you’re coming to Huntington Beach from out of state, or even if you’re in-state but don’t want to brave traffic after the wedding and reception, you’ll need to find a place to stay in Huntington Beach.
A big thanks to Ann for compiling a list of places to stay. This entry will be updated as we are able to get group rates, or find other places to stay. You should post any experiences – good or bad – here so that other people can see where you are staying and whether you had difficulties with any particular place.
The view from the Waterfront Hilton, where the reception will be
We’ve provided directions from your various airport choices. John Wayne Airport appears to be the closest, with Long Beach Airport right on the heals. LAX is a good 30 miles from any of these locations.
A Johari window is a metaphorical tool intended to help people better understand their interpersonal communication and relationships. It is used primarily in self-help groups and corporate settings as a heuristic device to encourage people to open up to another in self-disclosure. The concept was invented by Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingram, who combined their first names to create the name of the tool and has led to the spinoff Nohari window.
So both Tiffany and I, in the interest of self-disclosure and egotism, set one up. Take a moment, if you have a moment to take, and visit the addresses below. Once there, you will select the 5-6 adjectives that best describe us. That will create a grid, which you’ll be able to see.
Fill out Tiffany’s Johari Window here.
See it here (but only after filling out your part first).
We’re going to have two musial performances in our wedding. Sarah is going to sing How Do I Live Without You by LeAnn Rimes. My sister Aeravi will be singing a customized version of Candle On The Water. This is an old Disney song from the movie Pete’s Dragon. It is actually a beautiful song from a movie that has several quite memorable songs in it.
Disney’s version is great, but a little too dark. With lyrics like “A cold and friendless tide has found you…” and a present-tense description like “I know you’re lost and drifting,” we didn’t think that it would work as-is for the first song we hear after exchanging vows (while we light our candle). The theme of the song, however, is perfect for the candle-lighting.
So one of my groomsmen, Luke, is getting hitched to his lady (who just got into Optomitrist school – who knew optomitry was a 4-year program?). I’ve never had the privelege of meeing Jeannette, but everyone who has says that she is great and balances Luke perfectly. Since Luke is Entropy Man, I assume that she must be Order Girl or something…
This news went down at the beginning of the month, and I only just found out about it, even though I talked to Luke electronically just last week. Turns out, he didn’t mention it ’cause he’d posted it on his website and thought that I had read it (which I hadn’t yet). In that post, Luke outlines the reasons he loves Jeannette complete with test scores and other such objective measurements. He’s an engineer, folks. But my favorite paragraph, and the most important in my opinions is this:
We go together perfectly. I’ve never met anybody else that I’ve enjoyed sharing so much time and space with. We both look forward to the evenings where she’ll get off work and swing by my apartment where I’ll have made her dinner, or when I’ll drop her off and pick her up at work during the weekends. We love having fun together in every way possible: hiking, picnicing, reading, studying, dancing, watching movies, just sharing the same space, there’s nothing that either of us would rather do.
In any case Luke and Jeannette: From both Tiffany and I, Congratulations and Best Wishes!
The Save the Dates adventure has certainly been a monumental undertaking. The cards themselves turned our really well, but we had some trouble printing them.
First, we got the fronts printed – four to an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper. We then had those cut down to individual 4.25″ x 5.5″ post cards. The plan was to print the backs separately. As fate would have it though, the cards were too small for any laser printers that we had access to. So we got Groom’s Man Dan to take care of it for us.
We finally got the fronts and backs printed well, when it was pointed out that we had a mis-spelled word on the backs. We were inviting people to the world “premier” of Mr. & Mrs. Link, rather than the world “premiere“. What a difference a stupid little ‘e’ makes.
So we had to re-print. But Kinkos raised their prices, so we took the files to Staples where we got some great customer service and broke their color printer. A day later, after they repaired their printer, we finally had our cards.
Now we needed addresses. We’d been working on this in the background, but now it was time to rally. Hours on the phone with friends and family, we input over 150 addresses into two Excel spreadsheets – one for Tiffany and one for me. We didn’t think as we were entering them, about formatting for doing a mail-merge, so when we were done gathering the addresses, we had to re-format the addresses to put the salutation, address, city, state and zip into unique columns.
Once we consolidated our lists, I got some labels, re-learned how to mail-merge and printed the labels.
Well, we’re still missing 3 zip codes, but that will be done by tomorrow. Now that the first round of addresses are finished, we can fire off the Save the Dates.
We also have a list of 6 countries and 24 states that our Invitations are going to.