It’s Wednesday which means it is time for another installment of Wedding Wednesday! This week is all about the night before marriage aka the rehearsal!
I’ll just start out by saying, I was really bad about taking photos for the rehearsal. However, I will hope that you all will forgive me because I had quite a few other things on my mind like OMG I AM GETTING MARRIED IN 24 HOURS.
But before my freak out began, I had to get a mani/pedi done. Priorities. Myself, my mom and a few of my bridesmaids went to The Nail House in King of Prussia to get all of our nails did. For once in my life I decided to get a natural nail color painted on my hands. Typically I’m all about the neon, purples and blues, but my mom decided to put fear into my heart by reminding me that these photos would last for the rest of my life and when I’m old and dying I might not still be cool with purple nails (probably…but then again when I was 5 I thought Power Ranger underwear was the bees knees. Oh wait I still think that’s cool)….so I opted for a pink which I made my sister pick for me because she’s super good at colors.
Despite being the ultra planner, I really sucked at deciding on my “something blue” so in a jiff I decided to paint my toe nails a light blue. I’ve always adored Essie’s Bikini So Teeny so against my mom’s initial advice to stay as neutral as possible and in a pinch for silly superstitions, I got this to complement my bridesmaids dress colors as well.
I can’t speak more highly of this salon. They had such a great staff that was super accommodating for a big group. They let us bring the ever-so-important mimosa makings to get this wedding party started.
After getting our nails done, stuffing some food in my face (pretty accurate…spoiler alert everyone was worried about me eating enough the whole weekend) and packing everything for the wedding into all of our cars. We rehearsed!
And this is where my photo taking stopped momentarily to figure out what I needed to do the next day without looking like a complete butt. Which I don’t think would have even been possible since I AM THE BRIDE.
Since Nick and I had a lot of family coming in from out of town, we decided to do a reception with the wedding party instead of a rehearsal dinner. I mean sit down dinners are fun and all, but most rehearsal dinner menus are basically a mini wedding dinner. Plus, when you’re sitting down for a whole meal with multiple courses, it’s hard to get up and walk around and talk to people. As evidenced by this blog, I have a lot to say all the time and especially so for family I haven’t seen for a while!
That being said, we had our rehearsal dinner/reception in the lobby of our hotel catered by Zachary’s BBQ in Norristown. Between all of the different dietary requirements of everyone, I knew BBQ would be a great choice. And like 84% of the time, I was right!
A selfie while I protected said BBQ in the back seat of the car!
My wedding fell on a very special day, which is my Aunt Carole’s birthday! So we needed to make sure we celebrated that as well. My mom baked a cake that my grandmother used to make for her when she was growing up. My mom is one of seven (!!!!) kids so as you can imagine, they had to share a lot. This birthday cake was extra special because if it was your birthday, you got the top layer. Being very nostalgic for the family, my mom took the opportunity of us all getting together to recreate this sugary beauty.
Admittedly I might have ruined the top layer a little bit when I bought candles for the cake. They didn’t have the big wax number candles in stock at the grocery story and the little dinky pencil thin candles just didn’t seem right, so I bought the sparkler version. Little did I know, this would ash all over and caramelize the top layer because YOU CAN’T BLOW THESE OUT LIKE REGULAR CANDLES GUYS. You’ve been officially warned.
As the party was getting started, Nick and I took this as an opportunity to get some of the family members to sign the guest book for our wedding. There are so so SO many ideas on Pinterest it can feel impossible to pick one when it comes to the guest book. Yes people, long gone are they days where you just sign a big ol’ book with your best wishes for the bride and groom. I literally had a panic attack about it in Michaels Crafts a week leading up to the wedding because all I had was a lame big ol’ book with our names on it. As I was hyperventilating in the paper crafts aisle I looked over and saw a Fuji Instacamera. YAAAAAAAAS! I shouted out loud (this happens a lot and at that point leading up to the wedding I was basically a member of Michael’s staff). I bought the camera, some kewl gold tape and enough film for people to pair up and snap a pic. Naturally Nick and I went first to show everyone the ropes
I think this might have been the best idea I had for the wedding (minus saying yes when Nick proposed…I think we all know that was a given). Sure it was a little more than I wanted to spend, but now Nick and I have a snapshot of almost everyone who came down and clowned with us on our special day.
Against my will, I went to bed. For the first time in my adult life, I couldn’t fall asleep despite the amount of wine I consumed. I was wide awake unable to shut my eyes because I was so excited for everything that was about to happen the next day.
Need to catch up? Don’t miss these other posts from previous Wedding Wednesdays