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Robert Schwartz

I'm here to find some logic and all of the comedy associated with the process of getting married. Follow me on Twitter @AGroomWithAView and on Facebook: AGroomWithAView

Finding An Officiant (A Groom With A View)

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Lost amidst the search for: a venue, a band, a photographer, et al, was a search for someone to perform our wedding ceremony. Evin and I are Jewish, but not members of any specific temple. We (like many of our Jewish friends) find a local Temple that we would sneak into for the serious Jewish... read more

Our Invitations Have Arrived! (Groom With A View)

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One day last week, two boxes were delivered from Minted.com: our invitations had arrived! They were addressed to Evin who was at work. But, hey, "it's my wedding too," I thought. So I sat at the kitchen table and opened up the boxes. They really were more beautiful than when I had seen them on... read more

We Hired A Photographer! (A Groom With A View)

Photo: Laura Novak PhotographyPhoto: Laura Novak Photography
Evin and I put the wedding plans and the search for a photographer on hold and went to Jamaica. While there, we made a pact to not discuss the wedding which shockingly we kept all the way until the plane ride home. Somewhere over the Atlantic ocean while Evin was asleep, I quietly removed the... read more

The Big Bad Photographer Search Continues (Groom With A View)

Photo: Denise Farwell and Stephen Phillips/Emilie, Inc.Photo: Denise Farwell and Stephen Phillips/Emilie, Inc.
(Continued from "Camera Shy") On the subway ride home I reminded Evin about Angela, a very good friend and a terrific photographer and the fact that she had taken (in recent memory) the only photograph of me I could stomach. Sure, I was still on the fence about hiring her too. Hiring a... read more

Camera Shy (A Groom With A View)

Having my picture taken may be on top of the list of things I dread the most. Ask anyone who has ever dared to stand before me with a camera trying (mostly in vain) to take a photograph. Every picture of me taken as a child features me with a pained look on my face.... read more

Shopping For Invites When The Choices Seem Endless (A Groom With A View)

Evin and I try every chance we get to shop locally. Rather than get in the car and drive to the supermarket, we buy fish at our local fishmonger. When I needed a new winter coat, I found one at a smaller clothing store in our neighborhood rather than give my money to Macy's. And... read more

The Crappy, Old Stuff (Groom With A View)

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One night Evin coerced me into sitting down with her to register for wedding gifts. Her parents had been pestering us to get this done because friends of theirs -- strangers to Evin and I -- wanted to get us engagement gifts. We had at the time only four dinner plates. Two from my previous... read more

“You are cordially invited to…” (A Groom With A View)

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Last week Evin started looking for our wedding invitations. I have no visual sense whatsoever so it was left it to her. Almost daily she would send me links to websites that sell invitations and I would offer my opinion such as it was. When we narrowed down some possibilities, she requested samples from the... read more

We Have A Venue (A Groom With A View)

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Sitting in that banquet room, we imagined our family and friends all dressed up to celebrate our wedding, Evin in her dress, me in my non tuxedo. We both looked at each other. No words were spoken, it was just a pinch of time really, but long enough to know that this is where it... read more

We Threw A Wedding And A Hockey Game Broke Out (A Groom With A View)

Our next stop on the "Evin and Robert Search For A Wedding Venue Traveling All-Star Show" was a popular Sports and Entertainment Complex located on the far West Side of Manhattan. They were rated "Four Forks" or "Nine Veils" or some such award from some some such events web site so we put them on... read more
The right chairs and chair treatments can transform what was a hodgepodge room into something that's elegant and refined. If it's a black-tie wedding, cover every chair in rich, silk fabric and add a coordinating sash. For a wedding that's outdoors, consider using simple chiavari chairs instead of the plastic folding kind. You can also use your chairs to highlight the season. Pay tribute to the time of year by decorating every one of the chairs with a miniature wreath for a winter wedding, or tie fresh blooms to each of the chair backs if you're having a springtime affair.
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