UK Reception!

by Rebecca ~ May 3rd, 2010

[this entry was cross-posted to http://blog.beccajanestclair.com ]

Tim and I held a reception for his family on the 17th of April so his family would get a chance to celebrate with us. It had been our plan from the beginning to hold a reception in the US and a reception here in the UK for both our families, so no one would feel left out. I think it went over pretty well!

We had the reception at the Duke William Hotel on Bailgate in Lincoln. While we did have some problems with them initially in terms of communication, once we finally got things settled down, it worked well. The staff at the Duke William really outdid themselves in terms of food – we had so much food we almost didn’t have room for it on the table! My mother-in-law’s friend who attended our reception and then a party the following day at a more expensive venue even said that we had more/better food!
The nice thing about having it catered was we didn’t need to worry about the food. Tim, my mom, his mom, his sister, his aunt, and I all met at the venue in the morning to do the decorating, but then we were free for the rest of the day. Tim and I took my mom around bailgate and to the castle square, where the monthly farmer’s market was happening. We also walked around the cathedral, and stopped off at a friend’s ice cream shop for a treat before going to get dressed.

Tim and I had decided we wanted to take some photos over at the cathedral, so he and I took off with his camera and tripod and found a nice spot to take some photos. By the time we got back to the pub, some of our guests had arrived!

Everything was fantastic. My brain started going fuzzy after several glasses of wine and champagne, but everyone had a great time. We soon were left with just family, and we cranked up the stereo and sang and danced until midnight when the landlady asked us to turn down our music! We took that as a sign to break up the party, and packing up our things was super easy since we only had to pack up the items we wanted to keep. The pub would be cleaning the room in the morning. Such a huge difference from the US reception when we had to not only clean up all the food, but also had to sweep the floor and put away the tables & chairs!

Thanks to all who came to make this a fantastic night for us!

Thank You!

by Rebecca ~ April 24th, 2010

A big thank you to everyone who took part in our reception this past weekend! Everyone looked like they were having a great time, and I hope Tim and I managed to talk to everyone who came.

I still can’t believe we were asked to turn down our music at 12!

Photos are on my facebook account, and I’ll work on getting some of the highlights on here next week.

Apologies

by Rebecca ~ March 15th, 2010

Apologies to anyone who has tried to book a room at the Duke William only to find out they aren’t offering a discount. If anyone is still interested in booking there, I can contact them directly for you to find out what the issue is, but there are plenty of other Bed & Breakfasts/hotels nearby to pick from.

Again, we deeply apologise for the inconvenience of having to call two places!

FAQ: Where to Stay in Lincoln?

by Rebecca ~ March 7th, 2010

Sorry this post is horribly late.

There are several B&Bs and hotels located near the Duke William, including the Duke William itself.

I have spoken with Hannah at the Duke William, and she is willing to give anyone booking for the reception a discount if you call and speak with her and mention that you are attending the wedding reception.

Their current offer on a sign outside is £50/night.

The Duke William Hotel
44 Bailgate
Lincoln
LN1 3AP
01522 533 351

http://www.dukewilliam.com

Some of our family member’s have booked rooms at the Lincoln Hotel:

According to their website, rooms start at £90. The Lincoln Hotel is located on Eastgate, a short walk away from Bailgate.

The Lincoln Hotel
Eastgate
Lincoln LN2 1PN
01522 520348

http://www.thelincolnhotel.com

If you need alternative options, please give us a call or call Jen and Bill, as they know the area much better than me!

UK Reception

by Rebecca ~ February 20th, 2010

Invitations for our UK Reception will be going out shortly, and if you are looking for the listing of local B&Bs and hotels we promised, it’s on it’s way!

Wedding Video

by Rebecca ~ January 18th, 2010

We finally got it off Tim’s video camera :)

Thank You!

by Rebecca ~ January 2nd, 2010

Tim and I would like to thank everyone who attended our reception on 6 November, and thank everyone once again who sent cards/gifts. By now, you should have received your thank you cards. We did get one item weithout a card attached and I have been unable to track down the giver. Someone gave us a book titled “Marriage for Life”. If it was you, Thank you! We started reading it on our honeymoon :)

My visa was approved on New Year’s Eve (you can red all about it on my blog) and I will be finally moving to the UK on January 21st. Planning for our UK reception will be underway after I arrive, and we plan on holding it on either March or April. US friends who wish to hop the pond to attend, please let me know so I can keep you informed.

Again, a big thank you to everyone for supporting us!

Wedding Recap

by Rebecca ~ January 2nd, 2010

[This is a re-post to the wedding blog of a post appearing in my personal LJ, the wedding plans community, my personal blog, and on my facebook page. Apologies if you've already seen it!]

The fifth dawned bright and sunny. Tim and I got up around 8 and decided to go pick up bagels for breakfast before starting to get ready. Tim showered, and headed to the train station to pick up my MOH, Erin and I got in the shower and put on my something blue (Bra & panties set with suspenders/garters) and then put on pajama pants and a tank top while I did my hair and make-up. Our Best Woman and photographer, Laura, arrived, and I even managed to get down a 6-inch sub from Subway before getting zipped into my purple dress and heading out the door!

We got over to the judge’s office with plenty of time to find out it wasn’t really a courthouse at all. Almost felt like it was made up of temporary trailers, but whatever. We were mostly amused that the courtroom was set up for an actual trial and have some funny pics of us behind the tables (on Tim’s mum’s cam, so I haven’t seen them yet). The judge came in, Laura set up our video camera, and our entire ceremony took 2 and a half minutes. After the ceremony, the judge told us we could stay as long as we wanted taking pictures, so we took a few before heading over to Willow Valley – where we intended to take pictures outside before having dinner together.

It started to rain and got chilly. :( Most of the outdoor pics have people still with their coats on, or look like they’re shivering, so after about a half hour, we high-tailed it inside and stayed in the lobby of the restaurant/hotel. My Mother-in-Law and Erin somehow managed to get someone to bring us a pot of coffee and some cups (we never saw it on the bill, either!) and we all just sat around and chatted and took more photos until it was time for dinner.

Dinner was lots of fun. Laura urged Tim to try crab cakes, so we ordered enough for the whole table. He liked them so much, he had them for Lunch on Saturday, too! We “snuck in” our champagne and had a small toast (the rule was we could bring it in as long as the other guests didn’t see it), and then had a small cake mom ordered from the hotel’s bakery. They sat us in a back corner near the big picture windows, so we had relative privacy until around 6PM, when the big dinner/smorgasboard crowd came in.

Tim and I said good-bye to everyone, checked into the hotel and enjoyed the whirlpool tub! :D

Friday was such a busy day. We started it by heading into downtown Lancaster to see my friend Ramy and to drop off the marriage certificate at my bank (they changed my name on my account earlier in the week when I added Tim, provided we dropped off a copy of the certificate on Friday). Then, we headed over to my mom’s to load up the cars with our reception stuff…boy were we glad we had been upgraded to a mini suv from the rental company! We spent all day Friday at the reception site prepping the food and setting up the tables. Tim took his dad out to Lunch at the Lancaster Brewing Company since there wasn’t a whole lot of “man tasks” to do, but we later set Tim’s dad to work slicing bread! Our cake arrived around 4, and I swear it was all purple. For some reason, all photos make it look blue. We briefly returned to the hotel to change back into our wedding clothes, and that was the first time Tim and I had been alone since we woke up that morning!

Our reception went off without a hitch. Well, maybe a few minor hitches, but I didn’t notice any other than my cake looking blue in photos when it was purple in real life! Dana and Jilly made a beautiful cake, and the teenage waitstaff did a great job circulating the appetizers and doing all things waitress-ey. My small cousin was there and there was a brief problem with her and my “nieces” (my friend Ramy’s daughters call me Aunt). I had one of my nieces on one arm claiming “mine!” and my cousin on the other! Fortunately, by the end of the evening the two older girls were playing friendly and the youngest was tagging along with them! We also missed a few people…some people had either emailed or texted to explain they wouldn’t be there, but in the end, we only had about 30 out of the original 50. I wasn’t upset, but I was annoyed at all the food we had bought! Fortunately, my mom was able to take a lot of the food over to her office to feed the employees while we were away on our honeymoon.

I put three of my closest friends on the spot and asked them to do the toast. Ramy nicely reminded me she thought I was obnoxious when we met (I was 12!) and Sarah (my practically roommate from college) almost brought me to tears with her kind words. Then Tim decided to get in on the speech making and gave a thank you to everyone who helped us.

By this point, I was hungry. I had everyone urging me to make a plate – and I did, I swear I did! But I only managed a few bites in between running around and talking to people. The only bite of cake I had was the one Tim fed me! We did remedy this by putting together a plate of meat, cheese, and rolls for Tim and I to take back to the hotel that night while we were cleaning up.

I barely did any cleaning up. By 9PM, my feet were killing me. Not because my shoes weren’t comfortable, but because my shoes didn’t agree with the flooring of the venue and I kept sliding around which really hurt my ankles and spread down to my feet. A few of my guests stuck around to help with cleaning up too, which was really appreciated! We had to put all the tables and chairs away and clean the kitchen before we could leave, and of course had to load the cars back up.

We opted to put all the perishable stuff in my mom’s car and anything non-perishable in the rental so Tim and I wouldn’t have to drive back to Mom’s house that night. Fortunately, the rental had dark tinted windows so things like the stereo system were hidden.

Saturday morning we checked out of the hotel and headed back to my mom’s briefly to unload our car, pack ourselves some reception leftovers for the road, and packed up our suitcases for the honeymoon – a road trip down to Orlando to visit my relatives with several days at Walt Disney World and a visit to Miss M.

Unfortunately, the Monday after we returned from the honeymoon I had to put Tim on a plane back to the UK. Currently, I’m waiting for my new passport to arrive, and then we’ll be putting together the application for my spousal visa. We estimate we’ll be together permanently by mid-January. I’ve been spending my time trying to pack up my stuff we’re moving and donating or trashing everything else. Wow, 30 years of life = lots of stuff.

….And we get to do this all over again in the UK this Spring for our UK reception, too!

For those of you who are just in it for the pics….


My cat, Will, with my bouquet designed by Jilly


Tim and his Mum, Jen.


Happy at the Judge’s office, right after the ceremony


Me with my girls – Maid of Honour Erin and Best Woman Laura


What this picture really says: “OMG I’M FREEZING!”


The Mrs Ls – me with Tim’s Mum


After retreating inside. Our whole group from Thursday – Tim’s parents are on either side of us and on the top my mom is on the right and my aunt is between our attendants.


Cutting our (first) cake

— Reception —


Our cake & Topper


Tim and I at our own little table….see? I DO have food in front of me!


Sharing cake! Tim was put under orders NOT to smash it in my face or ruin my dress


Tim, mid-speech.


I’m too lazy to go back and rotate this. The little girl in the front is one of my “nieces” and the little one in the back is my cousin


A picture expertly tinted by Laura, who doubled as our photographer for the ceremony day.

FAQ 4 – When is the wedding?

by Rebecca ~ October 20th, 2009

Our marriage ceremony is taking place in a private Justice of the Peace ceremony in Millersville on November 5th. Given the sizes of our families and the fact that there is an ocean between us, we decided it wouldn’t be fair to ask everyone to travel, so we decided to have a private ceremony with just our parents instead followed by receptions in both the US and UK.

The US reception is the one you’ve all been invited to on November 6. We will be planning our UK reception for sometime in the Spring 2010 after I’ve moved.

I’m hoping we can give our video camera to one of our witnesses to film the ceremony so we can share the video with everyone later.

FAQ 3 – Where can I stay/What is public transportation like?

by Rebecca ~ October 18th, 2009

The closest hotel to the reception site is Willow Valley, and Tim and I have blocked off some rooms for guests to reserve. Just mention Lockley Wedding when you reserve your room. Willow Valley is also marked on the Mapper by the bed icon. However, Lancaster has many hotel options if you do not wish to stay at Willow Valley. The main tourism site for the county is 800padutch, where you will find a listing of most of the local hotels. I do recommend you check hotel reviews on Trip Advisor before you book, as not all hotels in the area are as nice as others. I would personally try to avoid hotels that are directly in downtown Lancaster, as you might have to pay for parking in one of the garages or park on the street. Any of the hotels listed as being on Lincoln Highway are actually on the other side of town from us and close to the tourist attractions. You are more than welcome to book at one of those hotels, but you will be looking at about a 20 minute drive. When running a hotel search, look for hotels in Willow Street (yes, that’s a town), Millersville, or close to the zip code 17603. Avoid the Travelodge on Columbia Avenue.

There is little public transportation in Lancaster. We do have a public bus service called RRTA. I have never ridden on it, but judging by the map, Route 1 will get you close enough to the park that it would only be a short walk to the reception site. The Lancaster airport is located north of downtown, close to Lititz and has has several rental car services you can reserve though. Lancaster is also served by Amtrak on the Keystone and the Pennsylvanian. The station is located at the Northern edge of the city and you would need to take a taxi to the reception. Taxis are usually lined up and waiting for customers. Two of the main companies in the area are Friendly Transportation (717-392-2222) and Yellow Cab (717 397-8100).

Unfortunately, Tim and I are unable to provide transportation.