Like thousands of watchers worldwide, last night I was glued to the Opening Ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics. What a production and I loved every minute Although, if I were in the stadium audience I might have been confused, so it was helpful to hear Meredith Vierra give narration. It was amazing to see the transformation, the teamwork, the imagination of producer Danny Boyle. Of and on throughout the 5 hour program, I thought how this giant performance was a teeny tiny bit like the production of a wedding (and I, as a wedding planner, is the producer!) So, indulge my fantasies… I’m really stretching with this story!
First – set the entrance and the stage of the venue. Hanging the Olympic rings from the Tower Bridge made an impressive entrance.
I absolutely loved the first scene for the Olympic Ceremonies… Medieval English countryside with village. And then the incredible transformation (with hundreds of people making this happen) to the Industrial Revolution. This might be equivalent to the wedding ceremony gardens being prepared for the wedding day. Many hands (vendors) are involved to create the vision.
Team USA entering with the Parade of Nations was uplifting and exciting. You can imagine these people as the wedding guests flocking to the ceremony.
These winged characters on bicycles are an adaptation of the Olympic ceremonial white doves… I’m going with the groomsmen stylishly arriving for the big day.
The moment when the many Mary Poppins floated in to be among the English National Health Service nurses and hospital beds, made me think of bridesmaids happily drifting their way in to stand at the ceremony alter.
And then, right on cue, with great preparation, timing and spectacle, the bride and her father arrive in grand style (yes, that’s David Beckham driving the speedboat and he is in the role of “father’). So dreamy!
The moment of lighting the Olympic Caldron was incredible… my mouth was open as this masterpiece unfolded. However, I am likening this to the mothers/parents lighting the Family candles on the Unity Candle. Yes?
SIR Paul McCarthy performed, and even though his voice was a bit weak, he is still my hearthrob of yesteryear. In my little fantasy here, Paul is in the role of the Wedding Singer!!
What a vision of the Opening Ceremonies, with the Olympic rings positioned overhead and then showering down with fantastic fireworks. Every bride and groom should take a moment to look at their event, take it all in, listen to the sounds, concentrate on all that you’re seeing, breath and savor the success of a wonderful production.