Wedding As Client
Where have I been? Why the sparse updates? In between loads of work, which I will finally be able to reveal soon, I have also been trying to plan a wedding… which is now just mere months away. Perhaps it’s the fact that it comes interspersed with client work, but sometimes I can’t help but think of the wedding as its own client. The type of client that thinks it’s OK to call you on Saturdays, or give you revisions as they leave the office at 6pm to be done for the following morning. And to top it off, all the work I do for them is pro-bono. Between registering, planning, peace-keeping, fittings, and tastings, this has become my night-job. Every time I check something off the wedding to-do list, five more things appear, “You’ve got to be kidding me! Now he wants an invitation too?! Where the hell did we find this client?”
Just like a client, there is a big dose of niceties you have to adhere to. We are already over our number of people we set out to invite, and we still weren’t able to get everyone on the list. When you sit down to prepare your guest list, you will look at family and friends in a whole new light. Everyone you know suddenly falls into tiers of importance. In an effort to trim names, you start to say silly things to rationalize guests’ potential “invited” or “uninvited” status like, “Well, Jim did finish off that last piece of cake at last year’s party. Would a real friend do that?” Uninvited! All of these imposed tiers of friends and relatives are interconnected. If you don’t invite some people, you can’t invite others in their place… because people talk:
Friend 1: Hey, did you go to Stan and Liz’s wedding?
Friend 2: They got married?
Friend 1: I… er… mean…
Friend 2: *punches fist into hand* I’ll get them!
So you have to invite, or not invite, whole groups of people at times. So goes familial politics. Damn you, big Italian family. You suckered me in with your tasty meals. I should have known you would come back to bite me in the ass. It’s not entirely worth getting upset about, I realize it will be wonderful and fun and I will be too inebriated to care when all is said and done anyway. I will have a lovely wife and the wedding planning will be over. Luckily, the wedding client doesn’t really constitute return business. Have any wedding stories to share?
And now for something completely unrelated. Are your walls naked and lonely? Kevin has just launched the Bearskinrug Store. There are three beautifully silkscreened motivational Mojo posters (dubbed Mojovational), Go!, Do It, and Dream, which will surely give you the kick in the ass yoursorely need, and a lovely giclee print of a distorted streetscape, Rue 15. I doubt they will last long, so you better hop to it.
Lastly, I will be in Chicago all next week with Liz and Rob. I have never been to Chicago before, so I plan to drop in on some friends and do lots of exploring. While I am away, some friends will kindly fill-in for me in the Daily Photography section. See you soon!