I am thrilled to report that I had the great honour of being her Maid of Honor 2 days ago when she married her wonderful husband. She was truly the most gracious bride I have had the pleasure to meet. She had only one attendant- me. She asked me months in advance, told me her colors (red and orange for the fall season) and encouraged me to pick any dress I loved. She also insisted I allow her to pay for the dress, hair and nails! She believes that asking someone to be in your wedding means they are doing you an honour and it shouldn’t come with huge costs. I know that most bride’s could not afford this generosity but it was greatly appreciated.
I was invited to food tastings, dress fittings and all number of events but never expected to bend to her schedule, this attitude made it a joy to accompany her to many pre-wedding appointments.
I wanted to throw her a bridal shower, but she specifically did not want an event where anyone would feel any pressure to bring gifts (they didn’t have any registries at any point) so I held an afternoon bridal tea for a small number of very close friends and family. Anyone who inquired about gifts was directed to please consider one of the couple’s favourite charities, including those that rescue animals and help families with the medical expenses of sick children. She (and her mom!) both sent out thank you notes within 1 week.
Both the bride and I share a love of cooking and baking so I was asked if I would consider helping to make the wedding cake. They didn’t want anything super fancy and favoured taste over all else. It was an honour and the couple were so thankful.
The wedding was 2 days ago. The bride (and groom) looked incredible and took the time to greet each guest (they chose to invite about 30 special people) after dinner and thank them for joining them on their special day. They even arranged with the DJ to have a play list that included the special wedding songs of each couple in attendance that had been married for a long time, as a tribute to how much their family had taught them about long and happy marriages.
The next morning I received a phone message from the bride thanking me for everything and I’m sure her thank you cards will be out within 7-10 days! 1021-13