Well hello there, hive! Sorry for the brief respite—apparently married life isn’t any less chaotic than engaged life. I could give you a long list of excuses, but I know you don’t want to hear about any of that. You just want to hear about our rehearsal. Right?! Right!
When I arrived at Franklin Plaza for our rehearsal a few members of our wedding party were already milling about, looking clueless.
I knew in advance that our officiant would not be able to attend our rehearsal, so I was a bit nervous about how everything was going to play out. Honestly, my worries were for naught; Joe, our venue coordinator, has been in the wedding biz for a long time and was fantastic at corralling everyone into the right place. We only did the run-through once, so the actual rehearsal portion was probably about 10 minutes tops.
Oh, what a motley crew we were!
Joe did a great job of being our fake officiant.
And now we’re fake married! Woohoo!
We spent the next 20-odd minutes tying up loose ends and answering some last-minute logistical questions. What reserved seats did we need? What time were we coming over for family portraits before the ceremony? Where did we want the programs to be? There were so many tiny little details to go over that I hadn’t even thought about!
We finished up around 4:30 (way earlier than I thought) and decided to just crash our rehearsal dinner a little early. Remember that time I told you guys about the shady looking restaurant near our venue? Yeah, about that. A few weeks after I wrote that post my family and I decided to grab dinner there to see what this place was all about. And I’m here to tell you not to judge a book by its cover! Our dinner that night was hands down one of the best meals I’ve had in a loooong time and the service was wonderful. Needless to say, we booked right away (although I still think they should really consider cleaning up their storefront!).
Anywho, while our friends and family headed to Lo Porto’s, Mr. Coyote and I bopped over to the hotel to pick up all the wedding-party gifts. It took us a bit longer than I thought to pack up the car and unload everything, but it filled my heart with joy to walk into the room to see my closest friends and family gathered together to celebrate us.
I didn’t have much time to dwell on this (which is probably a good thing!) as Mr. Coyote and I were quickly ushered into the room. We dug into dinner (which was FANtastic), and once everyone had seconds (and thirds!) Mr. Coyote and I stood up to address the room. We thanked everyone near and far for their support not only during our engagement, but throughout our seven years together. Then we asked them to give us a few moments of their time before digging into dessert so we could share our gifts with them.
Married bees, where you surprised by how quickly you ran through your rehearsal?
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