22 October 2008

BKF: Once a bridesmaid...

I know that the post about my trip back to Texas for my friend's wedding is long overdue. However, I have been revitalized (in spite of recent dramatic events in the Quest for Housing 2008) with regard to giving my beloved blog some much-needed attention. Therefore, I would like to discuss my latest BKFs (Big Kid Firsts, for those of you new to Wuthering Life):
  1. Being a bridesmaid
  2. Catching that oh-so-prophetic bouquet
  3. Being a chauffeur for a day
With regard to the first item on the list, I found it almost exactly as I expected it. As the surrogate younger sister to the bride and best friend of the maid of honor, I made mad dashes to various stores for various forgotten items, convinced the bride that she deserved to take a break and get a manicure, and stood at the front of the church to witness her blessed union under the watchful eyes of Jesus and a bunch of people I'd never even seen before.

It felt like what I imagine (as it is all I can do) being in the homecoming court but not receiving the crown must feel like. On the one hand, it was a honor to be nominated, yadda yadda yadda. But the day wasn't about me. So why did I have to get up that damn early to make my hair do things it never ever does in real life? Well, it did give me an excuse to buy an incredibly hot pair of Guess pumps that I would never have allowed myself for everyday use and to wear a fancy gown, with tool and boning and a cute little bow. Oh yeah, and did I mention that it was an honor?

Moving on to item number two... ugh, must I? How about I keep this short and sweet. Oooh. Bullets!
  • There were a grand total of SIX single girls at the reception (including the nine-year-old flower girl).
  • We left the tossing bouquet (yes, there was a special bouquet made solely for this purpose and we forgot it) in the trunk of the car.
  • I was the only bridesmaid to bring her bouquet to the reception.
  • My bouquet got tossed.
  • It headed right for the very small group of single girls.
  • Everyone else leaned away.
  • Some stupid, treacherous, traditional (did I mention STUPID?) part of me saw the bouquet falling and felt that it must certainly be horrible bad luck to just let it fall.
  • I reached out and caught it.
For all of the reasons listed above, I feel very strongly that catching that bouquet means NOTHING. Strangely, I'm not sure if that's a good thing or nothing.

Finally, I was a chauffeur for a day. I drove the bride and groom around all day. There really isn't much I can say about this BKF other than to pose a question. Have you ever tried climbing in and out of a driver's seat with yards and yards of satin and tool layering your body? It. Is. Not. Fun.

And that, in a nutshell, was my trip. But it was great to see the area again (in the "oh look, I almost forgot about that place/thing/person"). Maybe that's another BKF...


Bailey Brian said...

I promise you do not have to rise early for my wedding... that is about all i can promise...oh that and the tossing boquet will be made with dollar bills... So at least at the end of the day somebody has made over 20 bucks!

Thank you in advance!

Samantha Elliott said...

That's awesome! I like how you think. :)

Suburban Sweetheart said...

I, too, was a bridesmaid for the first time, two weeks ago for my very best friend from childhood. In Tennessee. With a bunch of evangelical Christians (I'm Jewish). Needless to say, it was one of the most awkward events I've participated in in quite some time... but it was beautiful & I was so glad to do it. I LOVE WEDDINGS!!!

Suburban Sweetheart said...

Oh -- & at the last three weddings I've been at, everyone has leaned away from the bouquet. Myself included. ;)

Samantha Elliott said...

Well, considering my sneaky cousin's plans for her bouquet, I won't be leaning away from that one. But I will definitely keep that tactic in mind for the future!

Megan said...

I have never leaned away from the bouquet in my life!! I'm always trying to fight for it and if I had been there, I would've tried to catch it. But since I was driving my mom home at that point in the reception, I was unable to participate. Maybe next time.

Bailey Brian said...

You say Sneaky... I say incentive!

Kat said...

Everyone should adopt the cash bouquet idea. It might motivate me to attend more weddings.