Just like Mrs. Octopus, above everything else (you know, aside from actually getting married), we wanted to throw the most-fun-ever-talked-about-for-years-most-banging-bash any of our guests had ever attended. I can’t possibly capture the energy in still-motion photographs, but I sure did try. Every guest was on their feet for at least a few songs, and months later, people are still telling us how much fun they had (and would we please throw an anniversary party?)! And Mr. HC and I had the most fun of our entire lives!
Time to get real for a minute: I debated whether or not to go into detail about the things that happened at our wedding that were not so magical. In an effort to keep it real with you guys, there were several incidents that were upsetting. First, the timeline got a little wonky in the morning, and I wound up being late to the tisch. Second, we had a family member toast made that was the opposite of what a toast should be—it was actually offensive and upsetting. So upsetting that I decided to omit the toasts altogether from my recaps and just show you the fun stuff. It took me several months to get to where I am now, which is not quite so upset, but still working on getting over it. Third, there were a couple of seriously minor things that were not exactly right and I decided to ignore those completely and have even mostly forgotten what they were!
I’ve decided to share this with you now because despite everything, and believe me, these were big everythings, the wedding was hands down, no question, the best day of my entire life so far.
I have never had so much fun, danced or laughed so much, smiled so big, or felt so much love as on that day. My greatest advice to all brides-to-be (and even to those recently wed who experienced something upsetting at their wedding) is to enjoy yourself. It’s your wedding day, and you and your partner deserve it!
And now, to see the dancing in action!
I may have actually shared this one with you, but oh man, it is still my favorite!
Mr. HC’s dad breaking it down!
And one of our last songs may be, in my opinion, one of the best wedding party songs of all time. The dance floor was packed, the music was spot on and it was unbelievably fun. This song may be on your “do-not-play” list, but I beg you to reconsider!
Hermit Crab’s recommendation for never-fail-pump-everyone-up-mini-set-list: “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “Twist,” “Shout!” Believe me, these three songs back to back will have your whole party rockin’ out on the dance floor!
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And with that, dear Hive, the Hermit Crab recaps are complete! I have so much enjoyed sharing my journey with you, and appreciated all your love and unbelievably sweet comments the whole way. Don’t fear though, your Mrs. Hermit Crab is not quite done here. I am going to share my vendor reviews, and I have a few more posts up my sleeve before I officially sign off. Of course, I will never be too far; you can usually catch me over on the boards!
As I begin to wrap up, are there any other Jewish (wedding or otherwise) traditions that you are unsure about that I can clear up in future posts?
And with that, my final wedding tip (lucky #25)!
Hermit Crab wedding tip #25:
Rock out at your wedding! Plan to have fun the best way that represents you—it’s YOUR wedding! If you’re having the best time ever, it’s likely that your guests will follow your lead. Things may come up that want to get you down, and only you have control of your reactions. Let everything else go and enjoy yourself!
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(Unless otherwise noted, all photos in the Hermit Crab recaps are by Joel Greenberg of Joel Greenberg and Wendy Stewart Photography)
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