I’ve been married for about two weeks now, so I’ve had some time to let all the emotions sink in and cleaned up the wedding supplies. I knew the wedding was going to be emotional, obvi. I’ve been to a ton of weddings prior. However, I had no idea the emotional rollercoaster I was going to be on. Let me try to paint you a picture of how brides really feel just days leading up to one of the biggest days of your life!
The week before: You’re in total denial. Everything is just fine. This is just like every other week. Nothing out of the ordinary happening here. Practically everyone, even strangers, will ask you if you’re ready for the big day (you’re not). “What big day?” you ask as you laugh to yourself. You’ll accidentally blurt out the wrong wedding date when making small talk. You’re so far in denial, that you’re thinking about looking up real estate in Egypt.
Five days before: It sinks in and you will get butterflies. You’ll be thinking about standing in front of almost everyone you know. You’ll be in the center of attention. All eyes will be on you and your soon-to-be-husband. Did you remember to get your eyebrows waxed? Mani and pedi booked? Am I missing anything? Do I need to get my teeth whitened? Your stomach will be making flips and sometimes you’ll wonder, “What am I getting myself into??” Especially if you aren’t the type that likes to be in the center of attention.
Three days before: You’ll realize that you’ll be getting married to the love of your life! You’ll be all smiles. For no reason. You’ll still get butterflies here and there, but you’ll mostly be floating around in a happy stupor, with a smile on your face. You’ll be listening to your wedding playlist (because you’ll have a private YouTube playlist with all of your wedding music in chronological order so you can walk through the entire day in your head) and you’ll tear up just thinking about walking down the aisle. You’ll listen to your father-daughter dance song and you’ll tear up. Then you’ll think about your parents and how much they love you and how much you love them. For the first time, in your mind, you have an absolutely perfect relationship with your parents. You’ll be at a red light and you see an adorable old couple walking hand in hand and you’ll tear up. Lots of tearing up here. I think you catch my drift.
The night before: You’ll be completely calm. It’s like the calm before the storm. You’ll either sleep like a baby (which I did) or you’ll be laying in bed, thinking about everything that’s going to happen in just a few hours. You’ll have a “whatever” attitude towards the last few to-do’s left on the list because it’s all happening tomorrow! You’ll be so excited and happy that you’re about to be a MRS. to your best friend that those handwritten bunting signs you were supposed to make won’t even matter to you at this point.
Day of wedding: Your heart will burst from all the love you feel from practically everyone in your life. The real tears. If you thought three days ago was bad, think again. You’ll alternate between tears and laughter every half hour. From the precious moments with your family right before the ceremony, to laughing at the adorable flower girls throwing rose petals at the guests. From the maid of honor’s sweet speech, to laughing at your mother-in-law owning the dance floor with your childhood friends. You’ll feel guilty, almost undeserving of all the gifts that you’ve been showered with on this day. A few days later, you’ll look at your total wedding costs and you won’t feel so bad. Congratulations, you’re now in a legally binding contract with your love and your wedding diet is over! Woo-hoo!
What about you? Were you surprised by any of the emotions you felt? Did an ex suddenly pop into your head? Did you have any strange dreams? Or were you cool as a cucumber? Let us know all about it!