After I got over my insane panic attack over reception seating, I took a chill pill and kicked back to enjoy the rest of the time leading up to the wedding. To be honest, after the dry-heaving incident I sort of checked myself out of all the wedding stuff. It’s hard to describe, but I think I realized how wound up and insane I was getting over a wedding. One day. Not even a full day! Let’s be honest—weddings are fun, but they can also be stressful. And I did not want dry-heaving stress to get in the way of my enjoyment of family and soon-to-be-husband time. Our family and friends were in town and it was amazing to be able to spend so much time with them. Why should I waste that precious time stressing and worrying about small things?
So I didn’t take many pictures. I didn’t try to squeeze in last-minute projects. All that stuff that I had promised myself I would do? All those DIM projects that I thought were so necessary? Yeah, they would have been nice I suppose, but I am glad that I could let them go. Instead, I spent time with my friends, family, and hubs-to-be. And you know what? I look back now and have such wonderful memories of that week (you know, post dry-heaving). Really, it was one of the best weeks of my life.
One night, we went out with Mr. CA’s parents to get drinks down by Pike Place Market. Of course we had to do touristy Seattle things while everyone was in town! Another night, we went out to a fabulous dinner with family and friends. Basically, there was lots of eating, laughing, and fun during that week.
My mom and I got all of our old family teacups and dishes ready for our cocktail-hour centerpieces. And of course I had to snap some pictures before I handed them off to McKenzie. I am particularly obsessed with the light purple one in the background. Why are teacups so dainty and awesome? And can you believe that these are all from my grandmother and my great-aunts? There was even another box of them. So many! I wonder how much tea they consumed on a daily basis…
I got all of our wedding-day stuff ready—Moo Cards, guestbook, signing pens, slideshow from my mom to give to our DJ, cake toppers, and our cake-cutting set. Oh, and I think that’s our marriage license in that envelope.
OK, I guess I lied. I did do a few last-minute projects. But really, this one took five minutes. I slapped our amazing silhouettes (from BlueClara) into a Word document and typed up our menu. I printed enough to have one on each side, cut them out, and stuck them in some Ikea Tolsby frames (SO CHEAP!). Easiest project ever. Done and done.
I also remembered a few days before the wedding that I should probably make some sort of program for our Nuptial Mass, particularly since there were going to be people at the service that were not Catholic. Oops. I was going on and on to Mr. CA about how I needed to create an intricate program in InDesign, and buy this special paper, and bind everything with twine, and round the edges, and and and. He looked at me and asked “why?” I thought about it for a long minute and realized that dammit, he was right again. There was no good reason I could think of why I had to do all of that craziness just for programs. It was not necessary. People were going to see the programs once, then toss them into the recycling at the end of the mass. As much as I love seeing other people’s beautiful, hand-crafted, self-drawn programs on blogs, at that point in time it would just cause more stress and headache for me than it was worth. So (again) I heeded Mr. CA’s sage advice and let things go. I cobbled together a program based on the Mass outline Fr. John gave us, stuck our silhouettes on the front page, and printed them out on standard thick resume paper. After a little bit of folding, we were set. Were they gorgeous and intricate and fabulous? No. Will they make it onto a DIY wedding book? Bahahaha. Don’t make me laugh. But, they served their purpose—to guide everyone through our Mass. And spending minimal time on them meant I was able to spend more time with our family and friends. Win.
And, of course, I had to snap some pictures of the bees. I love them. I particularly love these pictures because I completely forgot to incorporate them into my bouquet on the day of. Oopsies again. They ended up sitting in my purse the entire day. At least they were nearby!
And oh yeah, our cake toppers! I never posted them to the hive, mainly because I didn’t want to show anyone my dress (weird, I know), but I am sort of in love with them. I have them packed away to turn into ornaments for our Christmas tree.
Those (very few) last-minute projects and lots of time spent catching up with friends and family made the week before our wedding fly by. The day before the wedding arrived. It was almost time! Where the hell had time gone??
Were you able to relax in the days leading up to your wedding? Did you let projects go that you had planned on doing? How many last-minute things did you end up crafting/doing/making?
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