A few years ago, I had the pleasure of attending and being a part of a wedding of a very good friend who l also call my family. Besides the preparation and some of the behind the scenes headaches, the end result came as close to perfection as I have seen. But what really makes a wedding a day to remember? There’s tons of things that makes a wedding memorable, but sometimes the small things make a bigger difference than we think.
First off, your wedding party should get along the best way that they know how. I will say that there were some frustrations and some slick talking amongst the bridesmaids but for the most part, everyone got along great. Making the favors and picking out dresses together is a good time for the party to bond, especially when you don’t know each other very well. Being in the party amongst friends family makes it a lot easier to be comfortable and be yourself. It also helps when the bride is not a Bridezilla. I can honestly say that my friend did not lose her mind and did not make us all feel like idiots during the planning. Lucky for us, she is the kind of person that knows what she wants, when she wants it, how she wants it and gets it done. Now if she did turn green at any point, I didn’t see it.
Good weather also makes a wedding go smoother. You know how they say that the weather can sometimes determine your mood? I tend to agree with that. A late Spring/early summer wedding is a plus. Can you imagine your bridesmaids and groomsmen having to put on their Timberlands and knee high winter boots on just to get from the Limo to the church? Do you tuck your dress in? Should everyone get dressed at the church? How inconvenient is that!? Now I can attest to that because I got married in the winter (snow and cold). Lucky for me there was only two people in my bridal party. At any rate, good weather always makes a difference. On my friend’s wedding day it was super sunny and very warm. We were able to take the photos outside and we had fun. Worried about rain? The Farmer’s Almanac is usually spot on but with today’s climate change you never know.
After the wedding, we all have our memories of when the bride took that loooooong walk, our first sighting of her walking through the doors, watching the groom cry and the bridesmaids trying not to mess up their makeup. But what do we always seem to talk about after the wedding? The reception, of course! The events that happen at the reception seem timeless. The food….OH the food. Did I OD on mini eggrolls or what? And having the buffet style dinner was better than that boring family style. The food was served but it allowed people to not over fill their plates and there was extra so you could get more. Good food can always make a difference and that goes for any event, not just weddings. The venue was set up perfectly. No one was squeezing into tables or having to put their butts in someone else’s face just to get by. The music was great. The DJ (another family friend) knew the crowd and played something for everyone to enjoy. The drinks provided were light (wine and soda) but the guests were allowed to BYO which was a good idea. There were no complaints about weak drinks or not having the right kind of liquor available.
This day was just memorable because all of the elements came together to form a “Voltron” so to speak. Great people, great weather and a great party after the union.