Today I have a very special announcement that I feel comfortable making since the deposit is made. We have chosen a wedding venue in Pittsburgh! After 3 feverishly fast days in Pittsburgh looking at 8 different venues, we have chosen to get married and have our reception at The Club at Shadow Lakes. This place is beautiful and can accomodate our ceremony and reception. It's not a very well known spot outside of the city but it came highly recomended by close, personal friends of ours who had their wedding there.
I am very excited, it was a no-brainer for Dwayne and I after we sat down with everything we had seen. I was very suprized at how many places will nickel and dime you for every little thing! One place even wanted to charge us per person for the ceremony seperate from the reception. I can definetly see how the charges for weddings can add up! Shadow Lakes was the perfect blend of country club beauty and elegance with a great price since it was off the beaten path.
I am glad that the decision was easy and that we now know where we are going to have the happiest day of our lives!
Thinking about the wedding is also making me think about everyones travel accomodations. Some people will drive, some will fly, some are staying with family and some are staying in hotels. I read a very interesting article last night about Somoan Airlines - which is the first airline to imporse a ticket pricing system based on a persons total weight added to the flight (body weight + baggage.) Now of course, some people are threatening lawsuits because they think that it's discriminatory to have someone pay more because they weigh more but the Somoan regulations are trying to make some kind of impact on the obesity epidemic there. More than 80% of the population is considered obese or moribidly obese.
See the article here
There have been inklings of things like this being put into place in other countries around the world. Even in the United States this has been talked about - the thought being that if you weight more, you make the aircraft utilize more fuel which costs more money for everyone. Now, I don't know that I believe that 10 pounds extra here or there really makes that much of a difference but the jury is still out on whether or not is legal or ethical to do this.
What do you think?