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November 14, 2014

Wedding Week: Our Casual Rehearsal Dinner

Hi Kind Friends!

Last night Chris and I had our wedding rehearsal and then our rehearsal dinner. It was such a fun night, although it started more on the stressful side.

I’m not sure if this is a low-budget-wedding-thing or an any-budget-wedding-thing but other than getting our wedding space for free for an hour, there is no one else to coordinate with. Your officiant doesn’t go to the rehearsal and neither does the DJ. So based on what I’ve seen on TV, I did my best. First we decided that Chris wouldn’t be going down the aisle, he would just pop over from the side with his groomsmen. Then I decided what order the girls would go down the aisle and showed them where to stand along side me.

our gazebo wedding

We don’t have a flower girl or ring bearer (we decided against having kids attend) so we walked through who would hold the rings and who would hold our letters (we are doing a unique champagne/anniversary box ceremony, I’ll talk more on that another time) and when to hand us things, etc. Then I walked us through the order of the ceremony, and what order they should leave the aisle behind me. Last, I talked about what we would be doing at the wedding after our photographs were taken (what our first dance was, who was doing the toast, etc.) and then we all left to our dinner. It was pretty stressful explaining everything myself but once we got to the party part of the evening, things brightened up and I was able to relax.



Initially our casual rehearsal dinner was going to be held in the clubhouse of Chris’ parents complex but when we arrived at the location, it was locked! They forgot we were coming! It was a pretty crazy scenario but it all turned out well. We moved the party to Chris’ family’s house instead and honestly I’m glad we did. I think it was more fun being in a home setting and we were able to hang out for much longer than we would have in the rented space.

For food we got Leo’s Pizza. If you live in Miami, get Leo’s. It’s been Chris’ favorite pizzeria for over a decade. Adding in some champagne, mimosas, beer, sodas, and the cheesy but awesome wedding decorations made the party complete. We eat dinner, I gave out some gifts to the bridal party and groomsmen, and we talked the rest of the night away.

Overall, I really enjoyed the casual atmosphere and the good conversations. I’m glad we didn’t reserve a restaurant like we had initially planned too. This whole wedding experience has shown me how much I prefer the simpler things and don’t like a big fuss. Other than one “bride moment” when deciding on table number designs (what a weird thing to flip out over), I’ve kept everything else a simple “yes” or “no” answer.

Only two more days until I become Mrs. Cortes.

Wedding Week so far:

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