It's Your Wedding - Why Not Use the Force

You're planning your wedding. Everybody has advice – from your parents to your future in-laws to the guy at the grocery store. But what do you want? You, today's bride and groom, have a myriad of options at your fingertips. You can choose a traditional wedding with all the bells and whistles. You can fly off to Vegas and be married by an Elvis impersonator. You can have a themed wedding that reflect your common interests and (dare we say?) obsessions.

Take, for instance, a couple who met playing a popular online game. They might choose a wedding theme that represents that world where they met, and they might wear whatever a Night Elf would wear to a wedding. Couples who love to skydive might have a skydiving wedding. There are no limits to what you can do on your special day.

One theme that has lasted throughout the last few decades has been that of a Star Wars theme. Who doesn't love Star Wars? You might think that it would be too difficult to pull off a Star Wars wedding, or you might think that people would think you were silly. What do you care what they think? It's YOUR wedding! You can do it in a subtle manner or you can go all out – but don't write off the idea until you consider the idea.

Why Star Wars? What is it that makes the Star Wars mythos have such staying power? It could be the simple idea behind the story – that good and evil truly do exist and that people choose, through their actions and alliances, which one they advocate. The Star Wars movies illustrate this theme again and again. There is a Dark Side of the Force, and the Force itself. If you are someone on the Dark Side of the Force, you chose to be there. You became seduced by greed, the lust for power, or other dark desires that turned you away from the Good side.

Another important theme is that no matter how bad you are, there is always time to return to the Good side of the Force. Anakin Skywalker becomes Darth Vadar because he allowed hate, despair, grief, and the lust for power overtake him. He committed all sorts of atrocities (like blowing up Princess Leia's home planet, cutting off his own son's hand, etc.) but in the end his love for his children saved him from the Dark Side of the Force. So his spirit was redeemed and at peace.

Isn't that sort of what a wedding is about? Regardless of your past, you have this amazing opportunity to start life anew with the person you love. You both have put aside your past transgressions, you've forgiven each other for all your faults, and you've decided to share your lives in a union of truth and love. What could be closer to the good side of the Force than that?

So, if you want to use this Star Wars theme to illustrate the magic and the goodness of your union, there are easy ways to incorporate this theme without spending a lot of money or time. For instance, you could merely get a Star Wars cake topper, or you could incorporate Star Wars action figures into your centerpieces. You could include Star Wars graphics on your invitations, or you could hand out Lego Star Wars party favors to your guests.

If you want to go all out, you can do all of the above plus you and the wedding party can dress in Star Wars Themed outfits. Check out some online photos for more ideas for Star Wars themed weddings, and may the force be with you!

Everclear Grain Alcohol

In the annuals of drunken college days, inebriated spring break debacles, and crazy party nights, one word is present in the craziest, most debauched tales. One word that strikes fear in the hearts of all who have gotten too close to it. One word that can cause muscle-memory dry-heaving in those who have abused it. That word is Everclear.

Everclear Grain Alcohol is a neutral grain spirit, which means it is low in the impurities that are by-products of fermentation related to most types of alcohol. Since those impurities (called congeners) are supposed to be what causes hangovers, a lot of people are under the misconception that you won't get a hangover if you drink Everclear. This is not necessarily so. Everclear doesn't have much of a taste, so people will tend to drink too much, or mix it's already high proof alcohol with other types of alcohol.

Take for instance, the Tucker Max Death Mix. We learn on his website (and in the movie I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, if I'm not mistaken) that the Tucker Max Death Mix is a mixture of Everclear, Gatorade, and Red Bull. Presumably the Gatorade will help keep you hydrated and the Red Bull will help keep you awake. I will take his word for it, because the combination sounds lethal.

Everclear comes in two proofs (a term that indicates the amount of alcohol actually contained in the spirit) – 151 and 190 proof. The math works out so that the 151 proof Everclear is 75.5% alcohol, while the 190 proof is 95% alcohol. Compare that to what we've considered "hard" liquor – vodka, bourbon, etc. previously. They are usually 80-120 proof, which means they contain 40-60% alcohol. The bottom line is that Everclear contains a lot of alcohol.

In fact, it contains so much alcohol that it is illegal in many of these United States. The 190 proof version is only available in a handful of states, and the 151 proof is only available in a few more than that. Everclear is illegal in all forms in a lot of places, and in others you need a special license to buy it. Some photographers use it to clean lenses, and for some mysterious reason it's OK for pharmacists to have.

Everclear is manufactured by the Luxco Company, which used to be called The David Sherman Company. They are manufacturers of many other brands of liquor, like Rebel Yell, Admiral Nelson's, El Mayor, and Salvador's. The company, which has been in business since 1958, offers the following words of wisdom on its website:

Work Hard
Have Fun
Get the Job Done
Do the Right Thing

As the company that offers one of the most potent alcoholic beverages on the market, you can be sure that they are hoping that people do the right thing. In the case of Everclear, the right think might be sipping on some Rebel Yell instead, and letting the next guy have a brand new Everclear story to tell his friends.