Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Wedding Memories: Pre-Wedding Activities

Buckle up, because this is going to be a long ride!

Leading up to our wedding we had a few pre-wedding activities: our wedding shower, bachelorette/bachelor parties and the rehearsal dinner.  First up, our wedding shower!

I knew that I didn't want to have a bridal shower, I wanted to have a wedding shower with Mike and all of the men in our life there with us!  Our bridal party, family and friends were AMAZING and threw us the best wedding shower I could have asked for!  They made most of the decorations, cooked the food, baked the desserts, took the photos and took our likes into consideration.

Our shower was on June 12, 2010 at the Carmen Clark Lodge.

The theme of the shower was "Converse", the reason will probably be more clear in future posts!

While the shower was small, most of Mike's family couldn't make it and I have a small family, it was still a lot of fun!  Our entire bridal party was able to attend except for one of my bridesmaids and her sister, the flower girl, because they had a dance recital and our ring bearer.   

We played games, like the Newlywed game and received a lot of amazing presents.  It was a great day!

The next major pre-wedding activity was my bachelorette party and Mike's bachelor party.  Since all but one of Mike's groomsmen were from out of town and one of my bridesmaids was in high school and another was from out of town, the only time we could do them was the Wednesday before our wedding!

The guys, including the dads, had to try on and pick up their tuxes first. Although there was a bit of a mix up with some of the tuxes and they were at the wrong store, oh well!  Then they went out to dinner and played some pool.

I knew that I wanted half of my bachelorette party to be under 18/21 friendly since the one bridesmaid was in high school and I wanted her sister, the flower girl, to be there too.  We started the night at a paint your own pottery studio and it was a blast!

Then we went to Cheesecake Factory for dinner, yum!  There may or may not have been a whipped cream eating contest!

We ended the night by meeting up with the guys at a local bar that does beer tastings in the middle of the week.  

Are you still with me?  Just one more pre-wedding festivity, the rehearsal dinner!

Well, the night before the rehearsal dinner some of my bridesmaids and my brother's girlfriend at the time helped with a special surprise for Mike, his groom's cake!

You'll just have to wait and see what it is!

Our rehearsal dinner was at another lodge similar to our wedding shower, the Buckland Lodge.  My good friend Suzie graciously agreed to be our wedding day coordinator and she set everything up while we were finishing the rehearsal!  My brother's ex-girlfriend and one of Mike's groomsman's brother helped her as well.  The place looked amazing!

Our rehearsal dinner was everything that we wanted, a relaxed and fun environment.  The decor definitely provides a glimpse of what our wedding was like because 99% of everything there was DIY (do-it-yourself), including our wedding party members' and VIPs' gifts!  

We had pizza and wings for dinner and I wouldn't have changed it for anything else!

Now for the surprise, Mike's groom's cake!

A Yankee Stadium cake!

We ended the night by handing out the gifts to all of those who were in our wedding and who helped make it possible.  I definitely got a little emotional!

After that it was time to go our separate ways and try to sleep before becoming Mr. and Mrs.! 

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  1. I love your dresses! They are really adorable. And I think the idea of having everyone involved in the shower is incredible - it's definitely something I wish I had:)

    1. Aww thanks Meghan! The first one was in the clearance section of American Eagle, it even has pockets! The other one was from Dress Barn. That year I definitely wore more dresses than I have in a long time (and since).

  2. Looks like y'all had such great events, and so much help!! I bet it is fun to look back on those memories now as relive them

    1. Thanks Leah! It is really nice to relive all of the memories, we also have a wedding video that we watch every year :)

  3. You look so cute in all these photos, looks like such a fun time!

    I am in LOVE with your black/white dress with the yellow sash.. where is that from?!

    1. Thanks Megan!

      It's from Dress Barn, but this was a few years ago. They may have something similar though!

  4. Love these pictures and your sweet story!

  5. Looks like fun - I love joint showers!

  6. What a fun trip down memory lane!

  7. Sounds like it was all a lot of fun for both of you guys. You did a great job on Mike's cake and I love the yellow and black dress. It looks beautiful on you!

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