Monday, September 20, 2010

all you need is love... my idea down the drain :(

i had an amazing surprise i couldn't wait to share with everyone.  it was ingenious (ha!).  but seriously, it was something i tried so hard to make work.  but some things just aren't meant to be.

with this being said, i will share my idea with you and maybe another bride can make it work :)




remember this scene in love actually?  if you haven't seen love actually yet - put a pause on your plans for tonight, grab a french baguette, some wine, and amazing cheese and park your a$$ on the couch for an amazing movie, and one of my favorites.  caution - it is definitely an emotional basketcase trap though.

so anyways - i LOVE that scene.  i love how the acapella choir takes everyone off guard and sings "love is all you need" at the end of the ceremony.  and i wanted to duplicate this at my ceremony (minus the instruments popping up from the audience).  i contacted every acapella choir i could find and they were all booked.  i even convinced my catholic priest to let us have a song in the church that wasn't religious!  then i contacted the local high school acapella choir to see if they'd be interested - and low and behold - they were!!!  i was SO excited!!  my idea was going to become reality!!... and then the music teacher told me how much they wanted.  and i nearly threw up.

ok so i am ALL ABOUT supporting a high school music program, ok?  let's just get that out of the way first.  my mom is a music teacher in new haven and i know it's hard to get the funding for instruments, music, etc.  so i justified a cost in my head that i thought would make sense for 8 minutes and 1 song.  yes - the kids had to learn the song and yes - it was a saturday, but the music teacher said they were all excited about it and fine with coming down for a 20 minute time slot.

they wanted more money than my guitar duo was costing.  2 guys playing guitar for a little over an hour at our cocktail hour.  2 guys who are learning at least 8 new songs for us.  so for a high school music group to charge more than a "professional" group was totally out of the question for me.  at this point i am in budget mania with only a few days before the wedding and i just could not justify this ridiculous cost!!

so as much as i wanted my dream surprise to take place at the ceremony, i think i would enjoy a helicopter ride over the volcanoes in maui and a nice dinner out (relatively the same price they were asking!), rather than spending that money on 1 song.

sometimes you just have to weigh the options and see what really makes sense, especially in crunch time!!

PS - IF ANYONE ELSE USES THIS IDEA PLEASE LET ME KNOW!  i'd love to see the final product, even if it's not at my ceremony :)

19 comments:

  1. I'm sorry your idea didnt come through. I can understand as well the money they need for schools and music programs, but if it really cost as much as a helicopter ride..and dinner...thats just asking too much from a couple who want to get married.

    Havent seen Love Actually in a long time...it was a very crazy relationship movie though!

    WOW 4 days!! :)

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  2. PS What an AWESOME CLIP!

    Oh yeah and I cried while watching Ace of Cakes the other day because these kids in a NYC school choir were getting a surprise cake from Duff!! My Stepdaughter was joking with me..."Im crying cuz they got cake!" LOL!

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  3. OHMYGOD. This is my secret dream. Someone please email my fiance and tell him this would make me pee my pants. Just kidding...sort of. I am totally with you though. So sad it didn't work out for you. It is now on my wish list, I will just have to give up the idea that someone would *surprise* me with it. hehe And definitely not the best man that's secretly in love with me, because that's FH's brother and that would be weird. (p.s. favorite movie ever)

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  4. You were so close! Who thought the high school choir would be the ones to potentially bust your budget? I LOVE "Love Actually"

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  5. OMG..this is my secret idea too! I actually just wrote a post about it (not scheduled for about 2 weeks though)...BUT..I have something up my sleeve. We are having live music during the ceremony (a keyboardist and a guitarist) and we are having a bagpiper too..I'm trying to get the three of them to work together so the ceremony musicians can start playing this as the recessional and then the bagpiper can surprise everyone and start playing it too. We will see if it works out!

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  6. I am soooo sorry this did not work out for you. I am keweping my fingers crossed that something magical happens for you!!!

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  7. um... yeah, that's ridiculous to charge more than professionals!

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  8. It is an amazing idea but I do believe that for all the things you can apparently do with the money it's a little unjustifiable. And i'm saying this as someone who depended on playing at weddings for a large chunk of my guy's and my income for two years. I hope you find a fun alternative.

    Ramblings of a Small Town Girl

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  9. yoinks.

    for the record, as a professional vocalist, i totes would have done something like this for free if a friend had asked me.

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  10. I'm sorry it didn't work out :( This is an awesome idea and I LOVE that movie. I was in a a cappella group in college and we would never have charged an arm and a leg for something like this. For just 20 minutes of singing one song? Crazy.

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  11. High Schools choirs have acquired an inflated sense of their own worth. I blame Glee.

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  12. lame lame lame - Apparently they figure no money is better than some money, silly school your negotiating skills require more schooling, LOL

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  13. awww, that stinks! that would have been such a great surprise!

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  14. Jacin, I am one of your mother's cousins from San Diego, the granddaughter of Ardele (the most magical person ever born), sister of your grandfather Vernon (a magical person in his own right!). I have so enjoyed connecting w/your mom on FB, and in being an observer to her posts of your wedding details, she pointed me in the direction of your blog. First of all, Love Actually is listed in my profile as one of my very favorite movies! I can't get past the opening w/o crying like a baby. Second of all, you sound like a magical person in your own right (Pepper's are like that, ya know) - I have LOVED peeking in on your blog. Third and last, I will remember you and your family in prayer as you and your beloved celebrate next Saturday...and will REALLY look forward to seeing some pictures!! You deserve some kind of award for your craftiness, organizational skills and writing talent (not to mention your impeccable taste). I hope everything, sans a capella choir, comes together seamlessly, and that you enjoy your last days simply as Jacin Page, your mama and daddy's girl : ) Many, many blessings on your marriage!

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  15. I'm so sorry this didn't work out for you! It was an awesome idea though, and I loveee that movie.

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  16. Dude! That stinks! If it makes you feel any better my surprise didn't work out either. I'll blog about it but the groomscake was a total bust. :(

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  17. If I had gotten married somewhere that this would have worked, it would have happened at my wedding! Or rather, if it had been in my budget...

    Are you getting married in New Haven? If so, which church? My best friend from high school got married at one of the churches/cathedrals there in November 2008 :)

    Have you tried other high schools in the area? Or...any sort of community theater groups/show choirs?

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  18. Aw, sorry it didn't work out as planned but it was a great idea :)

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  19. Oh my goodness, I think we are supposed to be bff. This was MY dream - but like you, just decided it wasn't worth the extra expense/I didn't want to completely copy the best movie on the planet.

    I am now grabbing a glass of wine and putting that movie in...I can't wait any longer!

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