PaC Man & Wife: Wake Up Slow

A funny thing happened the night before our wedding. The night when you really need your sleep. The hotel put us on the 7th floor, away from all our guests, but one of the highest floors and purported to have a little extra square footage. We’d just settled into bed around 11:30 pm and were winding down with our nightly reads (Weddingbee for me) when it became very obvious that we had an adjoining room. Judging by the commotion, several sugared-up children had just returned and developed a newfound fascination with the shared door. The knob was turned and tugged and the door pounded upon. And it did not stop.

Oh, hell no. Not on our wedding night. Mr. PaC walked down to the lobby, calmly explained the situation to the front desk and returned promptly with a new room key. While dragging my wedding dress down the hall in my pjs at midnight, it occurred to me that even though I was slightly peeved, I was more relieved we’d sleep soundly. As we settled into our new room (by the dinging elevators), Mr. PaC and I joked that we now had our decoy room! His brother hinted at mischief to come once he learned our room number, but now that we had a secret room and we held the only keys, we were safe. A minor success.

We chose to spend the night together in the hotel room. On our own, we would have been given to nervous thoughts and tummy flip-flops. Together was a continuation of our normal routine. Who would be able to comfort and relax me as well as Mr. PaC? We are best friends; no one knows me better. After all, we’d lived together for five years. Separating the night before joining together for the rest of our lives just didn’t make sense.

A special happiness settled in as I programmed my wedding day alarm complete with wedding bells. It finally felt real. And I was relaxed at last.


My wedding bells didn’t have a chance to wake me. The anticipation of the wedding day had woken both of us before the alarm, but I laid in bed waiting for those glorious bells to signal the start of our wedding day. We ordered room service and ate a light breakfast in bed, though my nerves had started to set in and I didn’t have much appetite. A little flutter skipped across my stomach. My head told my tummy to stop it. This day was far too important to be side-tracked with digestive woes.

While assembling our gear, another case of bride brain struck! I had no shoes to wear the morning of. Well, I had shoes: my wedding shoes or the three inch rehearsal heels. Neither were practical or fitting for my casual attire of yoga pants and comfiest tee. Mr. PaC saved the day when he offered me his flip flops. Luckily, we’re close to the same size.

Before leaving the hotel, there was one thing lingering in the back of our minds. While we took care to arrange transportation for all of those around us, we had neglected to make a decision on our own travel arrangements. For lack of options, we were left with one fantastic alternative: Mr. PaC’s mother’s very shiny, very fast, Nissan Z convertible.


Ready for blast off!

Oh, if we must! It worked out perfectly since there were only two seats and no storage space. We had no choice but to hope my dress and his suit would find their own way as we wound through the now-famous countryside with the top down and the radio up very loud!

(all personal photos)


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Days Before


Mrs. Pain au Chocolat

Wilmington, DE
Wedding Date:
June 2011
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  1. msdragon Member
    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 6:46 am

    I was so worried that I’d forget to pack an overnight bag on our wedding day and would have to come home the next day wearing my wedding dress! Haha!

  2. mstreasure Member
    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:12 am

    I also forgot to pack shoes. Fortunately, my friend let me borrow her flip flops. And I’m glad to hear I wasn’t the only one who was a nervous wreck the night before and morning of the wedding!

  3. prairiedog Member
    prairiedog 455 posts, Helper bee @ 7:46 am

    we stayed together the night before too. one of the best decisions we made. i slept so well and woke up feeling “normal” amidst all the nerves and anticipation :)

  4. buffalo Member
    buffalo 178 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:08 am

    I love that you guys stayed together! I don’t believe in the whole having to to be seperated superstition!

  5. painauchocolat Member
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:14 am

    @Mrs. Dragon: That’s a legit worry! Between all the packing for various events, I knew I’d forget something.

    @Mrs. Treasure: I’m glad I’m not the only one who forgot shoes! Packing was such a mad scramble and it felt like I’d overpacked. Obviously not, huh?

    @Mrs. Prairie Dog & @Miss Buffalo: Sleeping apart was just one of those wedding decisions that just didn’t make sense for us. Agree that it was a great idea… as I probably would have been sick from anxious energy or a zombie from lack of sleep had I not been around him.

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    paw 871 posts, Busy bee @ 10:58 am

    Love the alarm tone! I now think all of my future alarms will be to wedding bells… haha!

  7. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 11:32 am

    Perfect reasoning for spending the night before together!

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    EncaPetro 3 posts, Wannabee @ 11:47 am

    I’m showing this to my one bridesmaid who insists that I can’t spend the night with my groom the night before. Such a cute idea to set a wedding bell alarm for the morning of!

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    Almost Mrs.P 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:08 pm

    We are staying together the night before, too. We booked a big suite– we both want to appreciate it!

  10. painauchocolat Member
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:01 pm

    @paw: It just seemed appropriate! I did not use it as my ring tone in the weeks leading up to the wedding but the thought did occur to me.

    @Mrs. Pony, @EncaPetro & @Almost Mrs.P: I’m staunchly in the pro-together-the-night-before camp! If you’re not superstitious, don’t sleep well alone, or are prone to getting anxious – why not! 😉

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 6:44 pm

    Love the alarm…how very fitting to wake up to wedding bells!

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:09 am

    I like the idea of spending the night with my future husband before our wedding because we’ll have lived together for over 5 years by that point. However, the night before my sister’s wedding 10 years ago, we three sisters spent the night together, and that was a special time. So I’m torn on who I want to spend the night with… still feeling like he might win out though!

  13. painauchocolat Member
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:23 am

    @Blonde17Jess: Spend time with whoever will be the most relaxing, especially if you’re prone to stressing out or like your routines. You’ll need the sleep! I’m not especially close with any girls, including my sister, so the option of rooming with a girl was never on the table.

  14. coyote Member
    coyote 1932 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:55 am

    Ohh la la, nice ride PaC! 😉

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