- 6 years ago
- Wedding: January 2012
While Darling Husband and I were making out in the carwash, our guests started to slowly filter into the reception hall for the moment everyone had been waiting for: OUR MASQUERADE BALL! It went SO well, and we had so much fun. Here, ladies, is where you can finally see the “masked” part of my masked recaps!
Our guests signed in at our custom guestbook as they came in. The book was a collection of our engagement photos with plenty of space for signatures, made by our photographers (who, by the way, I highly recommend). We made our own quill pens with peacock feathers!
As soon as our guests entered the main room, they were greeted by a table absolutely covered in masks that my local BMs and I had spent a good six months making. We put our literal blood, sweat, and tears into them (note to self: do not let Bridesmaid E near sharp scissors ever again). It was amazing to see how quickly they were snatched off the table, and it was even better to see everyone wearing our hard work! I was SO HAPPY that the masquerade theme went over so well. Everyone really seemed to get into it! People even started switching out masks during the night so they could try on more! Of course, so many people even brought their own that we had tons that didn’t get used. I never in my wildest dreams expected the theme be so popular with our guests.
Our bridal party absolutely rocked their masks.
Once Darling Husband and I entered, we immediately went into our first dance. We danced to “Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones. Ha, funny story about that. You see, we had a couple of friends give us dancing lessons a few weeks before the wedding so we could learn the basics of the waltz. We could only imagine how beautiful it would be as we glided through the ballroom to our chosen song, “Tonight, Tonight” by the Smashing Pumpkins. At the very end of our lessons, our friends said we were finally ready to try dancing to the music… and we realized that the Smashing Pumpkins song was definitely in 4/4 time, and we needed something in 3/3. We finally found “Come Away With Me” just two weeks before the wedding! It worked out well, though, and we did well dancing!
It was so so so great to look around and see so many friends and so much family there to support us.
Darling Husband and I made a grave mistake when we decided he should have a full-face mask. You see, full-face masks mean that kisses are HARD! After our dance, we quickly welcomed everyone and thanked them for their presence, and then we tried to kiss… and failed miserably. I very awkwardly attempted to push his mask out of the way, but it got caught on DH’s massive schnozz, so it didn’t work very well. After about thirty seconds of fighting with his mask while all our guests laughed, I managed to get it out of the way enough to get my kiss. Bwahaha! I LIKE kissing my husband, and NOTHING will stand in my way!
After that, it was time for dinner, which was DELICIOUS. We had a buffet with a carving station, and the food was awesome. Of course, I never actually saw any of these pretty food type things since I was too busy being attacked by all the people constantly, but I have photographic evidence that it was there and pretty awesome-looking! Ha!
When dinner was finally wrapping up, it was time for the toasts. My dad went first, and his toast was awesome, just as I expected. The worrisome part was when BIL got up to give his best man speech. You see, my BIL is the worst procrastinator EVER. He doesn’t ever do anything before he has to (because it was already supposed to be finished two days ago). Therefore, six months ago, when he very excitedly told Darling Husband that he had already finished writing his speech and that it was going to be epic, Darling Husband and I kind of panicked. If BIL is so motivated about something, and THEN says it’s going to be epic, you know that it’s time to run. I mean, just look at the picture above! You can TELL that he means trouble!
But, it turned out, the speech really was just plain epic – and in a good way, too. It was funny and meaningful and had a couple moments of poignancy, and at the end of it, Darling Husband decided his brother could remain his brother (and, of course, get a hug).
My Maid/Matron of Honor nailed her speech, too. It was so sweet. All the toasts were, really. Darling Husband and I couldn’t stop smiling throughout the entire thing.
We did have one more thing to do before the talky part of the evening ended. Darling Husband and I wanted to honor the married couples amongst our guests, so we did something similar to an anniversary dance. I did the talking, since I was saying it all in English and then translating it into Japanese, and I was the only one there who had the necessary language skills. Anyway, we asked all the married people to please stand up, and then we slowly made them sit down until only three people remained standing. Yes, three is an odd number when you’re talking about couples. You see, the wife of my former boss in Japan had come to the US for the wedding, but her husband couldn’t get off work, so she was alone – and she ended up beating out DH’s aunt and uncle as the longest married person in the room! She’s been married for 41 years and three months (two months longer than DH’s aunt and uncle).
Anyway, we obviously couldn’t have an anniversary dance, since her husband wasn’t present (and dancing isn’t really a thing in Japan anyway), so we just asked her for some marital advice so we could have a marriage as long as hers. I was SO PROUD of her because she answered in English, even though she really struggles with the language and I told her that I would be happy to translate. Her advice was: “One eye open, one eye down.” You can see her closing one eye to demonstrate in the picture above. It’s great advice, and her delivery was awesome. The entire room cracked up, and I’ve still got friends asking me if they can keep her. This lady is pretty much the most awesome person you’ll ever meet.
Anyway, we gave her a bouquet of flowers in a vase to thank her, and that was that. She brought the vase back to Japan with her, by the way, and she served all her friends American snacks out of it when she got home!
I’m going to have to cut this recap into sections because otherwise I’ll run out of time. This is it for now, but there will be more very soon!
Previously, on Masked Recaps: