Once a month Matt and I host a potluck to generate interest in the Houston Heights Time Bank. Last year, we held almost every single one at our house, so this year we tried to vary the routine by hosting different events like Bocce Ball night, a fondue party, etc.
Now that summer is upon us, we've started scheduling the monthly potluck to correspond with the free silent film events at Discovery Green. Basically, we bring blankets and a picnic potluck and hang out for an hour or so before the silent film starts on the large outdoor screen. There's always a band that plays an original score to accompany the movie. Heavenly!
Last week, however, the rain started coming down, right about when we were going to head over to the park. Initially, I was super-disappointed that we weren't going to be able to follow the original plan. Luckily, at the last minute, our friend volunteered to host the event at her house. After a delicious potluck (we somehow had a Mediterranean corner, European corner, and Asian corner without any sort of advance coordination), we split into smaller groups for Rock Band and a game of Snatch It. In the end, an awesome time was had by all.
Matt and I did have a back-up plan for our wedding ceremony in case of rain, but we did not have a back-up plan for our reception. I guess we would have squished everybody inside and scraped the dancing on the flagstone patio, the campfire, the buffet under the trees, etc. I'm sure it would have worked out in the end, and I'm sure it would have brought all sorts of wonderful memories in its own right.
I'm reminded of one of my favorite weddings of all time. It got rained out. And it was still wonderful. Really wonderful.
That's the thing about authentic weddings. The equation is really pretty simple: two people who are good together and are ready to forge a strong commitment + their nearest and dearest = an awesome time. Seriously.