The problem is though, our "how we met" story isn't that cute. Ours in fact, would go something like this: "How They Met: Ellie's floormate invited her to come meet the boy she had a crush on, Mark something."
"First Date: Giant Grocery Store in College Park, MD to do Mark's grocery shopping for the week."
"First Kiss: Three months before the first date, after said "How they Met" incident. Afterwhich Mark told Ellie to get lost."
"First I Love You: Ellie told Mark she loved him while he was in England and they were broken up. Mark freaked out and sent her a commitment-phobic letter about how he didn't love her. Mark then told Ellie 6 months later on their first backpacking trip. Ellie then freaked out, gave a commitment phobic response, and pretended to go to sleep. A week later, they finally got it right."
"Proposal: One Sunday night, Mark took Ellie to Federal Hill near their house and asked her to marry him."
"Engagement: She responded with, "why?" Eventually she said yes, but it took some convincing."
"Going to the Chapel: Mark and Ellie will be married October 10, 2010 in the woods."
The truth is that since we met in college, we had a college relationship. We stayed over at each other's apartments long before we ever went "out" on a date. Our first kiss real kiss that he actually responded to happened when we were snuggled up in the same bed because I had been sexiled by my roommate. Our first date was to Outback Steakhouse, to use up a gift card that Mark's ex-girlfriend's mom had given him. It was awkward and uncomfortable at times to get used to it, and looking back, we don't really have cute how-we-met stories or tales of our first date, because we didn't date. We were friends, and then we were us. Then he went to England and we weren't us, except that we really still were. Then he came back and we've been us ever since.
So I'm thinking instead of doing a "timeline" to do more of a "by the numbers" approach. Something like:
4 - number of hours it took Ellie to realize she liked Mark
1008 - number of hours it took Mark to realize he liked Ellie
4 - number of sci-fi movies Ellie had to sit through with Mark before she won him over
6 - number of weeks Ellie and Mark dated before he left for England
683 - number of emails exchanged between Mark and Ellie while he was in England
0 - number of people either dated after "breaking up"
6 - number of weeks Ellie and Mark decided to wait before getting back together when he got home
48 - number of hours Ellie and Mark actually waited
Are you doing a relationship time-line or anything? How are you conveying your "story" to your guests who don't know it? (It was surprising to realize that a number of our guests only know that we "met in college" and don't know the details.)