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My Wedding is in 30 Days, Here Are My Thoughts

One month out. The home stretch! So excit­ing, yet so scary at the same time. The pin­na­cle of all our plan­ning is on it’s way. All the small details that we’ve set to the side for the past year, now are deci­sions that need to be made. The seat­ing chart needs to be orga­nized and nap­kin col­ors need to be cho­sen.

I’ve attend­ed my first two of three bridal show­ers. Yes, you read that correctly—three bridal show­ers! I had an absolute blast, and they were a lit­tle taste of what our wed­ding day will be like—all of our loved ones gath­ered under the same roof.

bride in robe with champagne

Our house (espe­cial­ly the kitchen) is sud­den­ly stocked with many of the won­der­ful items we’ve added to our reg­istry over the past few months. I guess you could call me a bit of a domes­tic nerd. I got so excit­ed by cute mix­ing bowls, a good-qual­i­ty gar­lic press, and fresh, white bed sheets! I am cur­rent­ly writ­ing dozens of thank you cards.

So many peo­ple have told us that our wed­ding day will go by so quick­ly. They say, “Enjoy it! It will be over before you know it.” How do I slow it down? How can we pos­si­bly pause and remem­ber each moment while stick­ing to the day’s strict sched­ule? This is one of those times where I will be tak­ing as many “men­tal pic­tures” as I can. The more I think about our day, the more gid­dy I get! I am so excit­ed for every sin­gle moment of the day, but I want to share three things I am look­ing for­ward to most.

1. Getting ready with my girls.

I love each of my 11 brides­maids so dear­ly (I know, 11. I couldn’t help it!), and I am look­ing for­ward to the time spent with them before the day’s events. I have a feel­ing that I won’t be able to sleep much the night before, so it will be an ear­ly morn­ing! I’m pic­tur­ing sip­ping cof­fee, get­ting hair & make­up done, laugh­ing, singing, and just enjoy­ing each other’s com­pa­ny.

bride and bridesmaids getting ready and drinking champagne

2. First look with Grant

In the begin­ning, I was against doing a first look. I want­ed Grant to see me for the first time while walk­ing down the aisle. How­ev­er, after seek­ing advice from oth­ers, we decid­ed it would be best to do a first look. One of my friends who got mar­ried recent­ly told me that doing a first look calmed her nerves. I antic­i­pate some nerves as well, so I think see­ing and spend­ing time with Grant before the cer­e­mo­ny will be real­ly spe­cial. A first look also makes more sense for the time­line of the day. We will be able to do our bride and groom por­traits before the cer­e­mo­ny. This allows for an ear­li­er cer­e­mo­ny start time, which our guests will sure­ly appre­ci­ate.

3. Dancing the night away

My absolute favorite part of any wed­ding is the danc­ing. Main­tain­ing a pres­ence on the dance floor at ours is cer­tain­ly a pri­or­i­ty. I will be chang­ing out of my wed­ding dress into an out­fit that gives me more mobil­i­ty for the recep­tion. I take my danc­ing very seri­ous­ly. Grant found a DJ in the area with a shin­ing rep­u­ta­tion. Music is very impor­tant to us, so we sat down togeth­er and chose a pletho­ra of songs that we know our guests will enjoy—oldies and new­bies.

bride and groom in black tuxedo sharing first dance

While it is easy for me to focus on the wed­ding itself, I believe that June 2, 2019 is tru­ly about the begin­ning of my mar­riage to Grant. I am so thrilled for the start of our lives togeth­er. No more long-dis­tance rela­tion­ship! Mem­o­ries togeth­er from here on out. I am so pleased with all the plan­ning and prepa­ra­tion that has gone into our one-of-a-kind day. How­ev­er, what real­ly mat­ters are the vows that we make to each oth­er.

Jenna’s Journey

Jen­na not only works in Mar­ket­ing at Gen­er­a­tion Tux, but she is also a bride-to-be! Jen­na has worked on the bride’s side of the aisle in bou­tiques locat­ed in Vir­ginia; Charleston, SC; and Louisville, KY. She has since trad­ed in the fix­ing of veils for the straight­en­ing of bow ties. Fol­low along as she con­tin­ues to pre­pare for her big day.

There are so many small details that go into cre­at­ing your dream wed­ding, but that does­n’t mean you should have to stress. Gen­er­a­tion Tux lets you sam­ple your cloth­ing before the big day, in the com­fort of your liv­ing room. See what we have to offer to make your union extra­or­di­nary.

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