Two brides’ alarms go off promptly at 7 am. Both brides are tying the knot at 2pm that afternoon. Both have similar plans for their weddings but different venues.
The first bride yawns as she rolls out of bed, checks the time and already starts to panic - she has to be at the venue no earlier than 10 am to set up the wedding, sort out the decorations and seating plans before having a shower, washing her hair and having her nails and make up done before getting into her wedding dress.
She hurriedly gets dressed before gathering everything she will need, checking her endless list of last minute jobs. Her bridesmaids and family are already downstairs in a similar state. Cries of “Have you remembered the veil, have you remembered the seating plan” bellow around the house. Finally, with check lists ticked the family load up the cars and head off to the venue.
The function room now looks as though it needs rather more decoration than they remembered and suddenly the bride starts to well up, worried that it won’t look as good as she hoped on the day. There won’t be enough time to make any last minute changes. Wedding nerves have set in and a melt down is imminent. Her bridesmaid spots the tell tale wobble of her best friend’s bottom lip and cheerfully tries to reassure her as they start laying up the tables and arranging the place names.
The bride has had some lovely ideas to decorate the tables for the wedding but each detail seems to be taking an unpredicted lengthy amount of time. Tying the place names onto the napkin with a ribbon, a bow and a pine cone seemed like such a good idea at the time but now it seems tempting to forget the ribbon and possibly the pine cone altogether! Who would have thought it would all be so fiddly?
Finally, the decorations are in place. They scan the room; it all looks beautiful. The bride sighs with relief and checks her watch - it is has taken nearly three hours to set up the venue and she still needs to shower and have her hair and make up done before getting into her dress. How on earth are they going to fasten 40 covered buttons up the back of the wedding dress with nail polish that apparently doesn’t want to set? Her lip begins to wobble once more as her bridesmaid grabs her hand and pulls her up the stairs to change.
A few miles away a second bride yawns, checks the time and rolls over. Her venue let them set up the day before. Everything is done - ribbons cut and place names and pine cones tied; her wedding dress hanging in the bridal changing room at the venue. After another little snooze, she has a long shower and some breakfast before heading off to the venue with her family and bridesmaids. When she arrives she is greeted with a chilled bottle of bubbly and relaxes while the make up artist works her magic. As she calmly raises her champagne glass to her lips there isn’t a wobble in sight.
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