Now that we've told our family and friends, and finally set the date, it's time to bring the News to you, my blogging friends: John and I am getting married!!
Our big day will be next year, on June the 29th. Although John had already proposed to me in August, it took a while for us to organize the most important things, but now we've booked the priest and the church, the location for the party, and the photographer.
We'll have a civil wedding in the registry office (which is obligatory in Germany), and a blessing ceremony afterwards. Unfortunately we're not allowed to have a catholic wedding, because John had been married before. Although it was "only" a civil wedding, and neither him nor his ex-wife were catholic, the catholic church regards a civil marriage between non-catholics equivalent to a church wedding between catholics, and therefore the marriage can not be resolved. (The weird thing about this: if a catholic decides to have a civil wedding only and gets divorced, he's still allowed to have a catholic wedding with another partner later, since his first marriage - according to the catholic law - wasn't valid in the first place). In the beginning I was devasted, because all this paperwork at the registry office just doesn't mean anything to me - it's merely signing some contracts, that can be resolved at will, so where's the meaning in that? On the other hand, changing my confession just to have a church wedding would be hypocrisy and, again, wouldn't really mean anything to me, so that was no option either. My Mom told me to accept the facts, get over it, and be happy with what we can have, which is the blessing ceremony - it's basically like a regular catholic service with a blessing of the rings, but without the wedding vows.
Needless to say, that the wedding is the no.1 topic on my mind right now, and I'm spending hours browsing the according boards on Pinterest and Wedding Gawker, looking for inspiration for the dress, the flowers, the decoration and more. I think I've never been so excited in my life!!
I promise you, that I won't bore you with this topic in every post now, but I'll probably write a "Wedding News" post occasionally to keep you up to date :)
Have a great week-end everybody!
Wedding-Countdown: 8 months and 24 days to go!