Oh wow, thank you all so much for the sweet responses! I didn’t get any more email notifications after my last post so I thought I’d check back tonight now that the madness of the week has died down. My dad got in a car accident (broken leg, fractured elbow/hand, very lucky according to the doctors and everyone who saw the crash), and my cousin died (brain cancer). I don’t mean to be such a Debbie Downer, but man. WTH is going on??
This should go without saying, but dealing with all of that has put the wedding fiasco into perspective. Kind of hard to be mad about petty drama and tangled hair when your mom’s side of the family is grieving and your dad’s side is marveling at how he managed to survive a crash in which he had to be cut out of his truck with three different jaws of life, then airlifted to a hospital.
So I’m letting it go, being there for my family (as much as I can while living 3,000 miles away), and looking forward to sneak peeks of our pro photos when the photographer returns from vacation. A is getting a huge kick out of my name change and being married – “my wife this,” “my wife that” – and we’re stronger than ever. It’s just been a rollercoaster of a week, emotion-wise.
@Torrid – The plates and cups were from Smarty Had a Party! Very solid, sturdy plastic and lots of fun designs. The “silverware” was plastic too, from the Dollar Tree of all places. They sell it in bulk online.
@Sunfire – My makeup ended up being waterproof mascara, a sweep of three light colors from the Urban Decay Naked palette, and Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Precious. It was more visible in person than in photos. I forgot my face primer, but used Clinique Pore-Refining Solutions Stay Matte Hydrator. Good stuff.
@delicious – My parents and DH set up the reception decor, but they had no time to put out the place settings. So yeah, the guests (and MIL) watched me set them out. I don’t blame our guests, I wouldn’t have wanted them to set out their own plates anyway. So it was kind of awkward, not gonna lie, lol. I got more help from my parents when they returned from their “quick” trip to get the appetizer sandwiches we’d forgotten at the condo.
My parents, in their post-wedding irritation, suggested Mother-In-Law and Father-In-Law purposely sabotaged the wedding in the hopes we would be late, the officiant would leave and Father-In-Law could swoop in and save the day, being a recently ordained minister and all. I doubt that is true, but it’s a really entertaining thought!
Thanks again, all of you. 🙂