Outdoor Wedding Rehearsal
To reiterate for the 1,000th time, I was not thrilled with life the month before the wedding, and that really came to a head the day of our rehearsal dinner. I was feeling so overwhelmed by everything, and just ready for this whole ordeal to be over.
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We mobilized first thing in the morning on Friday and got to the venue for setup. Eventually I split off for a bit to get my nails fixed, while Mr. Dreamcatcher and team continued prepare the room. After a few hours, it was starting to look like a wedding!
To keep things simple, we had the rehearsal dinner at Linden Hall as well. Mr. Dreamcatcher and I were hosting the dinner ourselves, and wanted to keep it casual because a) Budget, b) We aren’t really dress-up kind of people. A big fancy dinner would simply not be very “us,” and c) We’d already be there for setup, so why move if we didn’t have to? Linden Hall has a private patio they use for small events, so that’s what we ended up booking for a fun cookout. The guest list was kept to immediate family, wedding party (and SOs), plus a few others who were involved in the ceremony. But before we could enjoy yummy food, we had to do a rehearsal, I suppose. It was a little rainy earlier in the day, but soon it cleared up and we had a great evening for practice.
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I hate to admit it, but our rehearsal was very disorganized. Had I known better, I would have put someone else in charge. Normally, I have no trouble speaking in front of people. But for some reason I was really uncomfortable raising my voice to get everyone’s attention and giving out orders. So there was a lot of “OK, can we please line up?” followed by everyone just continuing their conversations and having to ask “Wait, where do I stand?!” It took us a while to finally get everyone on the same page, which was a bit taxing because the type-A in me likes perfect order. But eventually, we got moving!
The boys go.
Mr. Dreamcatcher makes a silly face. Then the girls go.
Mama Dreamcatcher and I make an entrance.
I’m carrying the ribbon bouquet Bridesmaid Cue and Bridesmaid Meyer made at my bridal shower!
We stumbled through the ceremony, decided
I didn’t care about it anymore we were too hungry to run it again, and proceeded to dinner.
It was finally then that I started to relax. I think it hit me that whatever was going to happen was just going to happen. I was surrounded by almost all of my favorite people on the planet, who were there just for us. Most of all, short of complete disaster, I was FINALLY going to be Mr. Dreamcatcher’s wife. Miss Dreamcatcher was SO ready for tomorrow. But first, we give gifts!
Dreamcatcher Tip #2: Designate someone to be in charge, or make sure you’re OK being assertive in front of your family, and your fiance(e)’s. I wish I would have made handouts for everyone that had the processional order and a ceremony outline at minimum. That sounds a bit like overkill, but it would have been really, really helpful.