My wedding was a blast. Everyone had a ball. Now that we are back from honeymoon I just wanted to check in. Thank you to everyone that gave me advice whenever I asked. Thanks for the many ideas and just being a cool group to discuss stuff with.
May 22nd was the rehearsal. I worked till 3 pm that day and rehearsal was at 8. The morning started off horrible cause I sent out a group text to remind everyone to be on time. One of my BM told me the time I selected for rehearsal was not good for her and she would need to adjust her LIFE to be there. She had given me so much drama leading up to wedding that DH told her she did not have to be there. She in turn decided to say cruel stuff about me on FB all day. I was prepared for her not to show and also to not have a flowergirl (her daughter). Everyone showed on time for rehearsal and in middle of rehearsal this BM and her daughter pranced in like they was the center of attention. She burst out in tears and would only speak to DH. Since it was his family I let him deal with her.
May 23rd: I got my nails and feet done. Picked the guys tuxes up and tried to relax the rest of day.
May 24th: I took our sons to barbershop while DH went to work. I got our daughters nails done and we all went to dinner. DH dropped myself and our daughters off at hotel. The rest of the female bridal party was supposed to meet me at hotel. These ladies did not come to hotel till 2:30 in morning and convinced the lobby to give them a key to get in. I was super mad about this and went to manager next morning and complained. They gave me my stay for free. These ladies did not come in and go straight to sleep either. They wanted to do hair and drink and practice the surprise dance routine we were doing the next day. I just wanted to sleep.
May 25th: Wedding day!!! after only having a few hours of sleep I made it to my hair stylist appointment only 10 min. late. I had instructed the ladies to start preparing for the day cause when I returned everything was going to go fast. I returned to hotel with only children in the room. My oldest (15) was left to tend to a 6 yr old and a 11 yr old in the hotel. The female bridal party thought it would be good for them to get nails done at last min. My photographer and make up artist arrived first and I was so not prepared. I was trying to get the kids together and dressed. I give great praise to my photographer cause she jumped in and handled everything why my make up artist started on my face. In the middle of me getting ready and photo and video being shot in walks the bridal party. Not dressed and not ready. Transportation came and they still was not ready. I was determined to not be late so I grabbed my stuff and the kids and we got in limo to wedding.
The wedding did not start exactly on time due to wedding crashers coming and venue would not let us begin until we either paid for them or made sure they were gone. GOD bless my mom. She paid for the crashers but made them sit all the way in back. My bridal party decided they were going to dance down the aisle instead of walking like we rehearsed. Than it was my time to see my husband. I cried and he cried. It was a glorious time. You could feel the love in the room and it did not even matter anymore all the hiccups that had happened. We took pictures. We ate. Drank too much and just enjoyed our guest. DH was so surprised by the dance he was in tears.
We left a week later for honeymoon and it was so relaxing. We did an 8 day cruise to Western Caribbean and a week enjoying the sun and fun of Miami. I return to work on Monday. I am so glad this is all over. I am enjoying married life and looking forward to the future in front of us.