Valentine’s Day! February 14th! Hearts, Flowers, Cards, Candy! Why?! That “Why?” suddenly hit me one night recently when I was trying to fall asleep – that is when most profound questions suddenly hit me! Of course that question, easily googled, led to another question and another and, well, you get the picture.
Love is a very important subject to me – love should be important to everybody – the author George Sand once said, “There is only one happiness in life: to love and be loved.” And Mahatma Ghandi said, “Where there is love, there is life.” And in 1 Corinthians 13:13, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
Yes, love is wonderful and important and it just so happens that my business depends on love! Remember that song we used to sing on the playground when we were in elementary school – the K-i-s-s-i-n-g song? “First comes love. Then comes marriage.” Well, ----
My husband and I are not new to marriage – we have been married for 46 years – but when we started our event center we were very new to the marriage business! And this was another question that hit me – why was the idea of a wedding venue so new to me?! Forty-six years ago it never dawned on me that I could get married any place other than a church or the Justice of the Peace!
And then I realized that 46 years ago I certainly had never heard of The Knot or WeddingWire! We did have bridal magazines, but the emphasis was on the wedding dress. Then I found this website:
BRIDAL GUIDE Weddings Through the Ages: From the 1900s to Today. Great photos – and descriptions of the wedding dress. But photo #29 was titled 1990s and read: “Fueled by the popularity of weddings in pop culture, the wedding industry expanded massively in the ‘90s.” Accompanying Photo #32: “In the ‘90s, it became increasingly common for couples to throw destination weddings or elope.”
So there was the answer to why I had never given any thought to something like a country wedding, or a rustic wedding or even a barn wedding! But learning this made me curious to keep searching!
So when did the modern day Bridal Magazines and websites start up?
Well, The Knot Inc. was founded in 1996. According to Wikipedia, “In 1997, TheKnot.com launched on the internet.” The magazine was launched on December 2, 2000. That was interesting that the website came before the magazine! WeddingWire was first publicly launched on May 1, 2007.
So the wedding industry as we know it today is pretty new!
My husband David and I first moved out to Parker County in April of 1983. We bought some acreage on the south part of a dairy farm – and there was nothing out here except brush and briar and some trees and a beautiful hill. The next 27 years were spent working in our personal careers and building a few outbuildings and creating/building our underground home – hence the name Hollow Hill!
After we had both retired, the idea of a party facility popped up. We began remodeling those out buildings and adding on and eventually Hollow Hill Event Center became a reality. Our first wedding was in April 2012 while we were still under major construction. Our second wedding was at the beginning of March 2013 and 2013 was our first wedding year. By then wedding ceremonies in places other than a church were becoming quite common.
Just think, all of this rambling was started by one simple thought: Valentine’s Day! February 14th! Hearts, Flowers, Cards, Candy! Why?! I think I may have wandered off the path a bit, but Love can do that to a person! So enjoy Valentine’s Day this year – be romantic, be silly, be inspirational – spread Love!
“Love is like the wind; you can’t see it, but you can feel it.” – Nicholas Sparks, “A Walk to Remember”
“Do you know what the boy bird said to the girl bird on Valentine’s Day? I will call you Tweetheart!”
“On a scale of one to ten, I would give you a nine because I am the only one you need.”
Just one more – “Do you happen to have a Band-Aid? I skinned my knee when I fell for you.”
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!
PS – All of this googling about weddings has put me in the mood to do some more research on weddings – past and present. I think I will work on a series with the next subject being something like “Wedding Stories from Before 1990” and start with my own story. Wonder how much I can remember?!