A couple of months ago I was contacted by a young woman who asked me whether I would be willing to help her get married in Reykjavík. She had already found a man to marry – which is good because it took me 27 years to find the boyfriend and we are such late developers that three years later the thought of marriage hasn’t even crossed our minds – but she was kind of lost with everything else.
Thinking to myself that planning a wedding wasn’t THAT big of deal, so even though I would be quite busy this winter I would somehow fit it in, I accepted the challenge .
Just so you know, planning a wedding IS a big deal. Especially when marriage is so foreign to you that you might as well be planning the second coming of the Messiah.
So in between school presentations, group assignments and annual general meetings at work -I have been calling florists, arranging a priest, screening make-up ladies and booking the honeymoon suite at the prestigious Hótel Borg. I’ve also booked them an amazing photographer that is going to shoot the ceremony and then their wedding pictures. Trying to figure out how to transport a full on American wedding dress between continents sure has been a welcoming break from the four Ps of marketing and social media strategies.
Usually when I tell people what I’m doing the response I get is along these lines: Say what? – followed by a blank face. I’m very good at getting myself into strange situations though. Somehow, I managed to drag one of my co-workers into this strange equation and the wedding is actually taking place in her living room. Since the happy couple is coming to Iceland alone, my coworker and I will probably have to serve as their witnesses. This plot just gets weirder and weirder.
Weird is wonderful though and I think what they are doing is amazing. Which is why I wanted to be a part of it in the first place. They are getting married on the morning of New Years Eve, just the two of them, in a country they’ve never visited before. I can’t think of a more symbolic way to start a new life together.
Devon and Jon, that’s their names, have graciously agreed to let me share their story with you. I know it will be a happy one. Next time you’ll hear about them they will be husband and wife.
Are you looking for a wedding planner for your Reykjavík/Iceland wedding? Send me an e-mail and I might be able to help you.