I’m lying in bed right now, with about 11 and a half hours left of this journey. So while I’m here not able to sleep, I figured I’d share a few thoughts
Last night we had our “rehearsal” dinner. From the beginning, our officiant told us a rehearsal wasn’t really necessary for our needs. But I’m sorttt of type-A, so we worked something out with our coordinator at the venue who is going to rehearse with the bridal party briefly while FH (omg almost just husband!) and I do our first look. Whether or not you do a rehearsal, I STRONGLY suggest getting together with your party, or your nearest and dearest if you’re not having a bridal party, to kick back the night before. I loved last night. It was amazing to have all our closest there at one time, mingling and getting to know each other. I felt so warm inside. By the end my bridesmaid’s boyfriends were joking with the groomsmen, my dad and FH’s uncle were bonding over cigars and whiskey. It just felt magical honestly. I feel like it was a great ice breaker for today, but more importantly, it put me at complete ease. That’s exactly how I’d want to feel the night before the biggest day of my life.
I’ve been planning this wedding for 400+ days. And I felt the most stress between 100-20 days out. After that, it really melted away on it’s own. I had some nerves a few days ago but (for right now) they’re gone. Everyone has been mentioning to me how they’re bummed about the weather (73% chance of rain as I write this; probably during our first look). And I’m just like...guys, relax lol I thought I’d be bummed too but I’m completely unfazed by the weather. To be honest, it feels freeing to just NOT care...like at all. I was that girl on WeddingWire who when people said rain isn’t the end of the world, in my head I’d be thinking “It ruins all my dreams of outside pictures with sunbeams and dry clothes!! It kind of is the end of the world! Umbrellas aren’t cute.”
I’m here today to tell you that they were right, my clear umbrella is in the car (from our engagement pictures, where it poured all over us), and I’m ready to roll rain or shine. Rain is the last thing I care about today. It seemed like such a big deal during planning (with a Jersey April wedding we went in assuming it would rain), and it’s just so not. One last bit of advice - don’t skip packing an emergency kit! I almost didn’t, because I figured there’s a CVS or something close enough to my venue. Be like Nike and just do it! I’ve already used mine!
Real quick - I’d like to thank the WeddingWire community for getting me through this process. I think I would have been a complete and utter mess without the conversation and support. This is an amazing resource and I’m glad I found it and became a part of it.
I’m off to get married y’all! Have an amazing Friday!