@steponitvelma I have a friend who lives in Chico. Chico State is kind of a party school, there isn't much going on in the town culturally. But it is beautiful there. Summers are INTENSE though.
@Meaghano Eugene is a cute little town, lots of bungalows and trees, and has the Cornbread Cafe, a vegan American diner with great food.
@EM Too much rain in Nanaimo. It's only "sunny" in comparison to Vancouver. On the other hand... Nanaimo Bars!
We got married (in San Francisco, 2005) for around $4500 (50 guests) Ring: Used the diamond from my grandmother's engagement ring, got a new setting: $150 Bride's Dress: Gold evening dress by A.B.S. $160 Groom: Velvet jacket, silk shirt and dress pants: $275 Attendants: none Flowers: picked up at the Flower Mart by the bride, arranged by a friend Cake: Towering, elaborate dark chocolate cake, dusted with gold leaf (from a local bakery that does not do wedding cakes, but does make large special occasion cakes) $180 Hotel for wedding night: boutique hotel, $300 Venue for ceremony: Penthouse room in same hotel, with fireplace and wraparound windows (I forgot-- maybe $200 for the hour?) Venue for reception: rented out a wine bar for the night: $800 plus $2500 bar minimum Officiant: $300 Food: $1500 (catered from Asqew) Decorations: $250 for candles, silver confetti, branches with white string lights, and tulle. Everything was lovely, except for Asqew, who effed up our order.