TGIF: Wedding Weekend Edition

April 25, 2014

wedding gown

After months of planning, partying and prepping, tomorrow is my girlfriends’ wedding day. She and I first met on April Fool’s Day in 1997; I remember, because it was the same day I had to get braces and I was sure I’d be the punch line of all the boys’ jokes. Instead, I returned at recess and discovered a new girl had come to the school and joined my class. Her name was the same as a popular weight loss program, which is probably the sole reason she will be taking her husband’s last name. We were both tomboys and quickly bonded over our love for basketball, baggy t-shirts and tearaway pants. As true tomboys, we didn’t talk much about actual boys, other than when we gushed over celebrity basketball and soccer players. All we cared about was winning provincials, eating chips and drinking pop – you know, serious business.

As we transitioned from elementary school to high school, we grew up and some of our interests changed. We both made new friends, spent less and less time together, and for a few years we barely hung out at all. But shortly after high school, she helped me get a job at her work and we spent the next two years attached at the hip. She met and started dating her husband a little over 10 years ago now, so I’ve watched their relationship grow from the beginning. And I can honestly say I have never been so excited the day before a friends’ wedding. I’m anxious because I know she’s anxious. I’m happy because I know he’s happy. And I just can’t wait to hear them say their I do’s, so we can all breathe a sigh of relief and dance the night away.

Tomorrow afternoon, we’ll be trading in our ponytails for up-dos, our baggy tees and tearaways for dresses, and our runners for shoes that sparkle. But our comments and jokes throughout the day will be as silly as always, and we’ll both be looking forward to one thing: the food! (We’re obsessed.) After analyzing the menus and choosing the desserts, my only job will be to make sure she actually eats some of it. <3

The low of my week was trying on my bridesmaid dress and finding two pins still in it – a sign the alterations shop had forgotten to finish something. Sure enough, I took them out and the dress was falling off again. Fortunately, they were able to fix it up the night before I had to leave for Victoria… but I was stressed all week, until that last fitting.

The high of my week was realizing how lucky I am to have a mom who is willing to drive all over Victoria, to find the sandals I wanted to wear with my dress in the right colour and size. Thank you, Mom!

A blog post I loved was Do You Believe in Signs? over at NZ Muse. My answer: yes – but you need to follow those signs, in order for them to lead you somewhere.

The best money I spent was $45 on my sandals. (Although the coffees I buy us early tomorrow morning will probably be a close second.)

My plans this weekend include setting up for the reception today and going to the rehearsal tonight, being in the wedding tomorrow, then seeing a couple friends and catching the ferry back home on Sunday.

How was your week? What are you up to this weekend?

  • Dayle April 25, 2014 at 5:55 am

    Have a great time this weekend! Sounds like the wedding is going to be fun and amazing! Congrats and best wishes to your friend :)

    Busy weekend for me. Tonight meeting up with my ball team for a meet and greet/collect money. Tomorow, gym, brunch with a friend, work in the afternoon. Sunday, gym, ball league meeting, taking my dad out for a b-day lunch. Bf is on days this weekend so I will be busy doing my own thing.

    Chat soon

  • Rob April 25, 2014 at 6:22 am

    Beautiful blog post there, Cait. It sure brings back memories from past weddings in our family. Have a really wonderful weekend ahead!

    Finally, after a few weeks of not having the use of my computer, yesterday I finally was up and running again – just finished upgrading from my old XP system (no longer supported by Microsoft) over to Windows 7. So, along with making some final software tweeks, along with outdoor garden centre shopping, it should be a busy weekend.

    Hope you get to take (and post) some pics of you all at the wedding.

  • Kassandra April 25, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Soak in and savour the moments of tomorow because it’s even more special to celebrate a wedding with someone really dear to you in life. Have a great time! Moms are awesome aren’t they!

  • Leigh April 25, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Have a great wedding! If that is her dress, it’s so beautiful as is the story behind your friendship and her love. She’s very lucky to have you as a friend and bridesmaid.

    I’m going to take my toddler to the zoo, and on a longer run with me. She’s going to love one of those. I’m looking forward to both. :)

  • Colleen April 25, 2014 at 8:04 am

    This was really beautiful Cait. You’re going to have a great time!

  • Michelle April 25, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Have a great time at your friend’s wedding! Being a bridesmaid is so much fun!

  • Mario Adventuresinfrugal April 25, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Ha. But a ponytail is kinda an up-do :)

    Have a great time at the wedding :)

  • Charlotte April 25, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    What a great post, sounds like you and the bride have such a sweet relationship. Wishing you the best weekend together!

    I’m going to be a bridesmaid at my oldest friend’s wedding at Thanksgiving and I can’t wait :)

  • Eva @ Girl Counting Pennies April 27, 2014 at 3:42 am

    I hope you have a great time at your friends’ wedding! :P