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I was in a wedding this weekend!

23 Apr

On Saturday I was the Maid of Honor in my friend’s wedding. My friend, AKA the BRIDE, looked absolutely BEAUTIFUL. It was such a special day and I’m so glad I was there to see all the hard work come to fruition.

The days leading up to the wedding were kind of hectic, mostly for the bride and her mother (who did all her flowers and might do my flowers next March if I’m so lucky), but as MOH, I got to join in some of the hectic fun too! Two days before the wedding, the bride and I were meeting to get our nails done, and what happens? My friend got a flat tire and we have to call AAA. Luckily, they quickly put on a spare and we moved on to other errands and lunch. The day before that she had to drop her almost-husband off at work because HIS car broke down. They say it’s good luck to have bad luck before the wedding, right? Luckily, my friend was quite the pro at keeping her cool and just kept laughing stuff off. The night before the wedding the bride, myself, and her friend from out-of-town spent the night in a king-sized bed, trying to get sleep before THE BIG DAY.

And at the spunky hour of 6 AM, her designer/seamstress/friend arrived with her gorgeous wedding dress (having worked all night on some last minute hiccups). She tried it on and it fit! We rejoiced and started to get ready. Around 10 AM, she decided to look at all her wedding jewelry and noticed that her custom-made bracelet had broken. NOT GOOD. We had lunch/family/bouquets coming at 11 and the hair stylist coming at noon! The three of us made a mad dash to the mall and bought a few new strands, and after some jewelry surgery, she had a beautiful new bracelet to wear. 🙂

Then everyone started to arrive and her hotel room was bustling. We all got pretty, steamed our dresses, put on our jewels, and by 4:30 we were waiting in the lobby for our transportation to the church.

The ceremony was a Catholic mass and while that’s not my normal cup of tea, it was still very lovely and the priest was great. The aisle was quite long but I made it up the whole way without tripping! I did not, however, make it through the whole service without crying, but that was to be expected. 🙂

The reception was a blast because their families really know how to party and dance, and they had hired a fantastic band! I wish I could describe how beautiful my friend looked, but let’s just say she was stunning and leave it at that. (Her husband looked adorable too but no one outshines the bride!) The day went by just as they had imagined it, and I know they are still trying to let it sink in that they are officially married! I’m so excited for them and so relieved I made it through my toast (which got quite a few compliments I might add). The party went on well into the early morning and everyone had an amazing time! Plus, I totally maxed out the sweet table. Yum!

Soon it was Sunday. And exhaustion hits. After the Scottish and I left the hotel we stopped at Old Country Buffet. EPIC FAIL. I was in a daze, clearly, and the Scottish had never been to one. I guess I had these great memories of going there as a kid because you can get whatever you want and fill up your plate as many times as you’d like and there’s DESSERT, lots of DESSERT! As an adult, OCB is just sad and gross. I mean, the food is processed and weird, and it’s not the cleanest of restaurants, I mean, a Denny’s would have been 5 steps up but no, we had to go to the buffet. Sigh.

Sunday included a nap (I never nap), but it did not include a shower (I always shower). Crazy, right? Sometimes it’s good to take a break from life and do nothing. So that’s what I did. Even if it was hard. Yes, you heard that right, it’s DIFFICULT for me to relax. (Again, thank you mother.)

Anyway, want to see a picture of my bouquet… isn’t it lovely?? Her mom did an excellent job.

Quote: “To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.” David Viscott

Never thought I’d do THIS

13 Mar

I think I will be booking my wedding venue sight unseen.

Now, before anyone freaks out, calls me crazy, (or just plain stupid), let me explain. Just because my fiance and I will not be viewing the venue does not mean that no one will have seen it. In fact, two very trusted people have seen said venue and have fallen in love with it. They are my mother and my sister, and I heard through the grapevine that one of them may have cried tears of joy. How is that for a confirmation? Besides that, who knows me better than my mom and little sis? They get my taste for fancy, they know my need for drama, and they understand how I want things to look more expensive than they really are… in short, they know how to think like a princess. 🙂

This isn’t an easy decision though and in all honesty, it’s not been officially made. I still have to have the final conversation with the Scottish about this and before that he and I are viewing a hotel (of the same chain) here in the Chicago area to see if this is the sort of place we can envision ourselves getting married. The other part of the plan is for my mother to check out an entirely different hotel option before any deposits are made, and then if we all agree that it is the right step, we might just go for it. Sight unseen.

The thing is, I can’t get back to Minnesota until early May! And if we go with our March idea for a wedding (more on that to come in a post called, “I’M HAVING A MARCH WEDDING IN MINNESOTA SO I MUST BE A LUNATIC EVEN THOUGH SO FAR THIS CURRENT MARCH HAS THE BEST EVER”) and it’s already less than 365 days til the BIG day, yikes but also how exciting is that!?!?! The venue needs to be booked so we can send out STD’s to everyone, so people from across the pond can start pricing flights, so other vendors can be booked, etc, etc, ETC.

That said, it’s quite frightening to commit to something you’ve never seen. But it helps that we have limited options to begin with:
1. We love the idea of one-stop wedding hopping, especially considering our percentage of OOTG. (Quiz time, do you remember what that means? Out-of-town guests, yay GO YOU!) We really want our guests to have the luxury of one space fits all! We want people to be able to flow easily from ceremony to cocktail hour to reception and finally to their comfy hotel beds. Speaking from experience, I’ve always enjoyed the option of switching my shoes, putting my purse away, or just using a private bathroom when I’ve stayed at the same hotel or lodge that the wedding reception was taking place in.
2. We save on transportation costs. The Chicagoans and Scottish folk will be able to avoid car rentals because the hotel we are looking at has free shuttles to and from the airport as well as shuttles to the MOA (Mall of America) and other places. The Minnesotans can drive if they so desire because the hotel is only 15 minutes from our Twin City suburb, and they will know the area. They’ll also know how to drive on the right side of the road. (Hehehe, Mr. Scottish isn’t going to find that as funny as I do!)
3. I am without a church to call my home. I grew up attending church in an elementary school cafeteria. We were big on faith and people but didn’t have much money so we rented our space every Sunday from a local school. When my church joined with another church in the area that had a nice sized building I was getting older and soon went off to college. It’s a nice building but it’s just not big enough to house all of our friends, families, and my princess dreams.

So ultimately, it made sense that we would have a religious-based ceremony but that it wasn’t going to be in a church. To be honest, I had always pictured myself walking down a beautiful aisle in a gorgeous church with stained glass windows, a commanding organ, and a familiar pulpit, but those kinds of churches don’t exist in my non-denominational faith anyway, so when discussing venue options with my parents that first night we were engaged, both the Scottish and I decided on a hotel with little hesitation.

I am ready! I am ready to commit to a date, a place, and a time. This wedding will be uniquely our own and it will happen where and when it should. It’s a practice of faith really, believing in something you can’t see, and trusting the ones you love. Not a bad thing to have to practice in my book.

Quote: “All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.” Peter Pan (J.M. Barrie)

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