- 8 years ago
I wanted to write my recaps sooner, but frankly I had zero photos to share. Without them, I felt like recaps may not be worth it.
In the week leading up to our wedding, there were good parts – and not so good parts. I won’t go too far into the negative (for the most part, I’m over it) but I will give a few pointers to other brides.
- BACK UP ALL YOUR ELECTRONIC FILES. My laptop died two nights before I got married. With it went my programs, the redlined rough draft of our ceremony, the song list, our guest list complete with addresses (needless to say, I haven’t sent a SINGLE thank you yet…) – and I ended up re-creating the programs and printing them the day before the event. Our DJ played crap for music because my list was gone. BACK UP YOUR FILES.
- HOUSEGUESTS. No matter how nice you want to be, don’t offer to host any guest you haven’t hosted before. I had three different guests in the week ahead (my parents, my best friend / Maid/Matron of Honor, and my aunt, uncle and cousin.) The first two were a total breeze – both stay with me whenever they are in town. Number 3? Not so much. We were not told in advance that my cousin was terrified of dogs and since we have a full grown Golden who is like our kid? You can only imagine what kind of stress that created in our house. Not only did they cause problems, they never offered to get a hotel. We were ‘expected’ to crate our adult dog to cater to them. In short – Know your guests – or simply tell people no.
- REHEARSALS ARE NOT FUN. Maybe others have had a different experience, but I think our rehearsal was the most annoying and stressful pre-wedding event. The groomsmen couldn’t get their sh*t together (talking over the officiant, not paying attention) and everyone brought their children. People were preoccupied with other things instead of paying attention to what was going on. I advise telling your wedding party they are to attend alone – no spouses, no kids. Just my experience.
Now for the fun stuff!
The day of our rehearsal was a bit of a mad dash! One thing we were able to fit in was a trip to the nail salon while the guys ran errands. While I was getting my nails done, my fiance and one of the groomsmen walked right by the front of the salon! He popped in to say hello <3
Later that day, we headed off to the venue to take care of our rehearsal. I mentioned above that it was pretty crazy. I tried to remind myself that nothing mattered – I was getting married tomorrow! Luckily, my dear friend was acting as our friendor/DOC – here she helped to lighten the mood by working with our officiant. Elissa turned out to be the major day-saver both ahead of and on mmy wedding day – no words can describe how glad I was to have her there.
To save costs, we opted to host our rehearsal dinner at a local pizza place. My Maid/Matron of Honor and other friend went ahead of time and decorated the banquet room, complete with these adorable little red velvet cupcakes, adorned with custom flag toppers!
With the group being so big, the dinner was also rather chaotic. Many people ate and took off fast (it was a Thursday night) but before everyone took off, one of my hubby’s friends gave a little roast and presented him with a drawing that had an elaborate and sentimentally silly story behind it. 🙂
After our rehearsal dinner, I said goodbye to my fiance for the last time before he would become my husband. Along with my two Maid/Matron of Honor, one Bridesmaid or Best Man, and my friendor/wedding coordinator, I checked into a local hotel to spend the night. We finished up the final DIY items that weren’t done due to the laptop issue (programs, bird bunting, etc) and polished off more than a few cosmos before drifting off to dreamland.
The next morning, my hairdresser of 12 years showed up at our hotel to help make us pretty. Maid/Matron of Honor Jenn helped DOC Elissa with her hair while I got my hair curled. Jenn and I did everyone’s makeup (skills!) and I managed to successfully apply full strip false eyelashes for the first time! I painted on my mom’s face while we let my curls cool and the other girls got into their dresses.
(Check out the 1.5L of Cooks – we managed to drink that between ten of us!)
Ahead of time, my Matron of Honor Amanda had arranged for the two MOHs, Mother-In-Law and my mom to split up the ‘borrowed/blue/old/new’ – Amanda gave me a gorgeous (and incredibly generous) diamond bracelet for ‘something new’, my Mother-In-Law loaned me a pretty white gold, diamond and amethyst ring for ‘something borrowed’, my mom gave me my late grandmother’s wedding set as my ‘something old’ (which was sewn over my heart inside my dress – shown in the photo below) and the white sweater I’m wearing above? My ‘something blue’ – Maid/Matron of Honor Jenn had it custom made for me!
Dress – (pro pic by Jessica Glein)
And finally, with a coffee cup filled with champagne in my hand, a clip in my hair and an awkward moment in the elevator, it was time to check out of the suite, into a new hotel, and get ready for the wedding of my dreams 🙂