Wow! Can you believe it has been a month since my last post?!?! I was so busy I didn’t even realize it. Between prepping for the wedding, the wedding, the honeymoon and the puppy (more on that soon) I have about 50 wedding posts to share with you guys. Just kidding, it’s closer to 25
Let’s start with the rehearsal dinner. Best way to get your entire wedding party and family to rehearsal dinner on time….tell them it starts 15 mins earlier than when they are supposed to be there.
Our priest was pretty impressed that everyone was there early. He is known for having a speedy mass and told us the rehearsal is very quick and over in less than 30 mins. Are you serious? Most rehearsal dinners I have been to spend 20 minutes trying to figure out how to walk everyone down the aisle.
Our priest was not kidding. He literally went through everything ridiculously fast. We didn’t go over the readings, music, vows or anything.
Before I knew it the rehearsal was over and we were on our way to dinner.
Months before the wedding Ryan and I were searching for a place to have the rehearsal dinner and were having a really hard time. Some places were too expensive, others too far, some didn’t seat enough people and some had boring menus. Eventually a light bulb went on and we remembered that the Winking Lizard in Lakewood had a bowling alley/party room in the basement as well as a party room upstairs.
We went with the party room upstairs and it was perfect! We had our own bar with 2 bartenders, tons of tables to sit at, couches to relax on and an area set up for the buffet line. We had a choice of many different things on their catering menu but went with the chicken sandwich bar. You got tons of chicken and toppings (dressings, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, cheeses etc.) and we picked 2 sides, salad and french fries. So if you didn’t want a chicken sandwich you could turn it into a salad! I love the Winking Lizard and their food so this was perfect. Plus the space upstairs is really nice!
I did what I could to take pics but really I stole most of them from everyone else.
So thanks everyone for snapping pics for me to steal (Kyle, Melanie, Eli, Hope & Renee). I don’t need pics for the memories. I need them for blogging!
Wedding planning went so well but it wasn’t 100% perfect. A gift I ordered on Etsy for my Bridesmaids never arrived It was pretty much the main gift for them. A cute handmade clutch in black and white that I hoped they’d be able to use again or at least use as a makeup bag. I ordered it 8 weeks in advance and it was supposed to ship in 6 weeks so I expected to have it 2 weeks early. I contacted the seller and was promised it would be here in time.
The day of the rehearsal dinner I had my fingers crossed that it would be there and it didn’t make it. I contacted the seller and pretty sure she never mailed them because she was quick to give me a refund. Kind of embarrassing that I didn’t have the gift I wanted for my girls and I also didn’t have a purse for myself the day of the wedding. The girls still got wine, custom made mirrors and earring/necklaces to wear for the wedding day but I still feel bad that they didn’t get their full gift.
Ryan’s guys got some awesome gifts. He did really good while shopping for them. Some got shirts, craft beer, gift cards or baseball hats. They all got green argyle socks to wear for the wedding day though.
For my Flower Girl and Ring Bearer I really struggled on gifts for them. They are both so young and I didn’t want to get them something that said ring bearer or flower girl on it. After searching I eventually stumbled upon capes. That’s right, what little kid doesn’t like super heroes and capes! But not just any cape, these were customized for them.
The rehearsal and dinner wasn’t as crazy as I expected. Must have been all my good planning…..and hanging out with this guy.