I Carry Your Heart: Practicing “I Do”

After rushing around like a madwoman all day, we finally made it to our rehearsal just a few minutes after 6:00. I should have been exhausted and I was probably stinky since I hadn’t had a chance to shower all day, but all I could think was how excited I was to just do this thing!

It’s been said here about a thousand times before, but I’ll say it again: Please rehearse! You’d be surprised at how hard it is to get a group of adults to walk down an aisle and stand next to each other. Especially in a space like ours (the beach) where there is no altar or aisle or anything to make the process easy, I cannot stress the importance of rehearsing it at least one time through.

After I managed to gather everyone and drag them down to the beach and got everyone in the somewhat correct order, we walked through our entrances.


Waiting ever so patiently


Momma and the bride. I told her to tell me some raunchy jokes so that we wouldn’t cry.

Then we stood around for a few minutes and got comfortable with our places.


Guest photo

At this point I was starving, so I declared rehearsal to be over and dinner to begin! We transferred our boxes to our DOC along with my master list of items and PowerPoint presentation of setup, and answered her last-minute questions. It was at this point that I began to have some doubts about our DOC (you’ll hear more about this later), but instead of panicking I decided to let it go and let someone else deal with her, which was definitely the best thing I could have done. I don’t know if it was hunger or bridal ignorance, but I was suddenly in a daze where I wasn’t going to let anything or anyone bother me.

Instead, I joined our family and friends for our big Italian rehearsal dinner, up next!

Previously on the Rucksack Recaps:


Mrs. Rucksack

May 16
Branford, CT
Wedding Date:
August 2013
Fitting In with the In-Laws
A Sip of Inspiration: Wine Label Invitation Design
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    OR, Guest @ 11:07 am

    Please tell me you showered before the dinner. The whole not showering thing really boggles my mind.

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    seabeeny 69 posts, Worker bee @ 11:45 am

    I love your rehearsal dress! Where did you get it from?

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    knadams0723 99 posts, Worker bee @ 11:58 am

    Yay for beach weddings! They are so beautiful and laid back at the same time! Congrats!:)

  4. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 6:12 am

    I wish I looked half as good as you when I don’t shower, you’re so pretty!

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:52 am

    I’m sorry your DOC gave you problems 🙁
    You and Mr. Rucksack look awesomesauce in those pictures though!

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    rucksack 518 posts, Busy bee @ 9:00 am

    @OR: Nope, I’m totally gross! There just wasn’t any time!
    @seabeeny: Thanks! It’s actually a consignment store find. CT consignment stores are the best!
    @knadams0723: Yay! Beach!
    @Mrs. Pony: Haha, thanks so much!
    @Mrs. Waterfall: You’re too sweet!

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    daniellekira 573 posts, Busy bee @ 11:19 am

    I agree…you must practice. Even if it is a short practice, it gives everyone an idea of who they are walking with, the timing and the placement.

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    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:47 am

    I’ve been on the fence about rehearsing since our ceremony is so simple but you’ve convinced me!

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    Miss_Mimosa 190 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:40 pm

    An unrehearsed wedding is always so obvious! And a side note, you look pretty dang good for someone who hadn’t showered!

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    rucksack 518 posts, Busy bee @ 8:23 am

    @daniellekira: Agreed! Ours was short & sweet, but I’m so happy we took away any confusion.
    @Miss Gondola: Good! We were on the fence too, but so glad we did it! Plus it was a pretty painless 30 minutes.
    @Miss_Mimosa: Haha, thanks!

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