I am exhausted. My throat hurts. I am bloated. My liver is legitimately pissed off at me. And… I am officially a Mrs. :) I cannot believe what a whirlwind this weekend has been - I am absolutely in awe of how beautifully everything came together, but more than anything I am absolutely in awe of how loved K and I are. I would love to share pictures with you from this weekend, but I have decided to hold off until our photographer has edited the thousands (literally thousands) of shots she took over the weekend. However, here is a sneak peak of my dress that my sister snagged!
Since Samantha made an amazing post about appreciating where you are at yesterday, today I am reflecting on the 5 Lessons Learned from Our Whirlwind Wedding Weekend. Before I share this, I am going to tell you that I would not change a damn thing about our wedding. I loved every min of that day and I will cherish these memories for the rest of my life - however, I do believe there was opportunity to appreciate the present more throughout that day :)
Without further ado - please enjoy our 5 Lessons Learned.
Beware of Charlene
Charlene was our ceremony coordinator at the church and she might be the scariest person I have ever met in my life. She had zero patience for our shenanigans, (of which there was many). To say that our rehearsal was a bit of a shit show would be a dramatic understatement. 2 of our groomsmen did not even show up until the last 10 min and one of our bridesmaids was absent entirely! I was so nervous going into the next day because I was convinced our ceremony was going to be a total disaster! Fortunately, our ceremony went off without a hitch and ol' Charlene became a point of comedic relief for the bridal party.
Eat some Cake
I have been raving about our wedding cake for months leading up to the wedding, but it just so happens that K and I only had one piece the entire weekend - the piece that we fed each other! I do not regret anything about our wedding, but I really do wish I could have enjoyed that cake.
Remember your Veil
Yeah - I forgot my veil in the hotel room. Oops.
Tell all bridal party members to be everywhere 1 hour early - that way they may actually be on time
I should have known this one because there is always one person in every bridal party that is perpetually late - for us this person was my younger brother, S. On the night of the rehearsal dinner he pulled up to the hotel when the rest of groomsmen were getting in the Uber to go to the church and said "oh hey guys - I gotta check-in, take a shower, get a drink and then I will meet you over there."…Needless to say, Charlene had words for him.
Don't sweat the small stuff
I won’t lie there were about 100 things that went wrong over the weekend, but I would not change a thing. The day came and went so fast and there were about 100 things that went wrong, but I would have never known if I was not previously informed of them! Overall, if you have the major stuff figured out (i.e. the food, booze, and dancing) your wedding is going to be amazing.
I hope you find some of this insightful, but I would be lying if I told you that I haven't heard all of this advice before! I guess somethings you just have to learn for yourself. BUT since I KNOW I have at least a handful of friends who read this blog whom are planning their own weddings, currently, I thought it wise to pay forward my new found wisdom :)