- 4 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
After 5 years of dating and another 2 years of being engaged, we’re finally married, and it was the most magical day of my life.
I thought that being married would make me float on cloud nine and feel the happiest I’ve ever been. While I’m definitely filled with more joy than I ever thought imaginable, no one warned me (or my husband) about the pang of sorrow that fills your heart when your daddy says goodbye to his littlest girl for the last time as you start your new life or how seeing your friends from all walks of life who traveled across the country to see you makes you feel blessed while they’re there and heartbroken when they’re gone.
My wedding day was magical and I have absolutely no complaints. So to every bride getting ready for her perfect day, here’s my advice to you:
1. Sleep in or wake up early, it doesn’t matter, but spend the night snuggled up with your best friend or big sister. When you wake up giggling that it’s your special day and spend an hour eating poptarts and watching funny cat videos in bed, you’ll know you’re making memories exactly how they’re meant to be.
2. When they say don’t worry about the little things because no one will notice, really, they won’t notice. Ok, maybe they’ll notice if you forget to put a sharpie with your guestbook, but hey, they’ll improvise. 🙂
3. It’s ok if you’re not glued to your husband’s side all evening. My husband probably spent half of our reception sidetracked by his family and friends wanting to catch a word, and I did the same with mine. We were both happy to have at least one moment with (almost) every guest without feeling uncomfortable looking for the right things to say to someone we barely know.
4. EAT! My favorite part of the reception was the food. And I know this because I actually sat down long enough to eat it. The pasta, the mashed potato bar, the asparagus, the prime rib, AND the turkey.
5. Stop periodically and just breathe. Don’t talk to anyone, not even your groom. Look around the room and enjoy it. This is your reception; this is your wedding. You’ll never get it back, so don’t forget to pay attention and take it all in.
6. It really is okay to cry. Really. Tears of joy, tears of relief, tears of love. It’s real, it’s genuine, and everyone know its.
7. At the end of the evening, savor every goodbye. This was your day to be the center of attention. You’re in everyone’s thoughts and everyone’s wishes. Enjoy it, because tomorrow will be a new day..
8. .. and when tomorrow comes and it’s no longer about you and your wedding, it’s about you and your spouse, the person you married. It’s about your love, your future, your dreams, and your happiness. It’s perfect.