The day of the wedding rehearsal was spent tying up loose ends and packing things up for the big day. Truthfully, I didn’t end up having that much to do the day before, which I completely attribute to my overly detailed and ridiculous timelines. Even my wedding coordinator laughed at how much I loved my spreadsheets. I started with the awesome resources found here and adapted them based on the specifics of our wedding. One thing that completely saved my sanity during wedding week was this: in all of the planning I did, I pretended that my wedding was on Wednesday, not Saturday. So, even though things inevitably got pushed back a bit, I still spent most of Thursday and Friday doing fun things like getting my nails done and visiting with out-of-town family and friends and only had a few wedding details to finish up. Once Friday evening rolled around, we were all packed up and ready to rehearse!
Another thing that really helped everything run smoothly was my amazing day-of coordinator, Kathy. Even though I felt confident in my ability to plan everything going into the wedding weekend, I cannot even begin to express how nice it was to be able to hand everything over to Kathy once the big day came. Not only did this allow me to relax and soak in the day, but it also allowed my family and friends to do the same, which made everything that much more special.
We chose the church where we were married because it is my family’s home parish and we have a good relationship with the priest there. Jacob and I loved working with Father Gerald during our marriage preparation sessions, and because of his guidance we felt completely ready to become husband and wife. We were also lucky that the church itself is absolutely beautiful!
Even though I felt at-ease with how everything came together, and thrilled to be marrying Jacob, it was about the time of the rehearsal when I started to feel the nerves. There wasn’t any real reason to be nervous or scared, but I think that all of the emotions of the day and the family and friends gathered around hit me all at once. Thankfully, having such dear friends and sisters in my bridal party carried me through the butterflies I felt, and they helped me to stay excited and joyful throughout the whole weekend, instead of letting my nerves get the better of me.
After we finished rehearsing, we made our way to the rehearsal dinner! Unfortunately, I didn’t get pictures of this, but Jacob’s parents graciously threw us a wonderful party at a local seafood restaurant. After dinner, we all said our goodbyes, then Honora, Halley, and I checked into the hotel room and all snuggled up in a big king-sized bed. Although I was too tired to stay up for much, it meant the world to me to share my last night as a single woman with two of my favorite ladies, who had both been so supportive and wonderful throughout the whole wedding planning process. Thankfully, I was able to get right to sleep and got a good night’s rest – I would need it for the big day ahead!
Up next – push ups, sit ups, squats, and a hair appointment!