So…I knew it was only a matter of time before it happened.
Lee and I got engaged in March of 2012 and, ever since that perfect night, anything that has anything to do with the wedding has gone perfectly. We found the perfect day, the venue that we wanted was available, I found my perfect dress (on clearance!!…and bought it before we were even engaged!), found the perfect tuxedos, booked a wonderful photographer and a musician who are also friends of ours, found perfect invitations, picked out perfect favors, and so on and so on.
Things feel like they have been magically falling into place. It has been totally stress-free…well, with the exception of some family drama…but that’s just expected, right? It just seems like everything has just been ‘meant-to-be.’
Before I explain, let me take a step back and say that in that paragraph above that describes all of the things that have been going well, I should include my centerpieces. My mom found these beautiful lighted branches that had tiny lavender beads and pearls on them. My mom found them and ordered one to see if we liked it. When it came, we fell in love with them! They were going to look perfect in the evening at our venue. We even found perfect vases for them – they were the perfect height and were actually tinted a shade of purple. After loving the one we received, I hopped online and ordered nineteen more for the rest of my tables. The website said they were on backorder and would be shipping by May 11, which was a little nerve-wracking since the wedding is June 1, but it was totally do-able.
Alright. This is where it gets scary.
Last night, I was looking through my email for a confirmation number for another order and I came across an email about the branches. How I missed it, I will never know. I get a million emails a day and I look at the subjects of every one. Anyway, apparently, I missed this one. It was an email telling me that as of May 4, the branches still were not in but would be sent within the next thirty days. I went to their website and tried to order the branches and the day listed had been moved from the 11th to the 28th. Panic had set in. I called the company and spoke with a woman who was wonderful but, alas, confirmed my fears and told me that they were set to ship one day shy of three weeks. The wedding is two and a half weeks away. No need to stress the math. It just wasn’t going to work.
So…I did what any logical bride-to-be would do and I called my mom and cried and then, immediately after, called Lee and cried. I had spent months figuring out what to do my centerpieces and, now, it was not going to happen and I had two weeks to figure something out. I fervently searched online for similar branches to no avail. Nothing came close to the ones that I had ordered. I slowly wandered back to their site and realized that they did have a color of branch that was in stock. They originally had the lavender, white, blue, and yellow. All were out except the yellow. Maybe it was the stress, maybe it was lack of sleep, maybe it was the fact that it’s crunch time but…I ordered them. My colors are charcoal, fuchsia, and eggplant and I just ordered centerpieces with yellow beads on them.
It’s going to be okay. The branches are brown and the lights are white. It’s just the beads. I can handle them. I’m going to see what they look like when they come in and I’m going to make them work…even if that means painting each little bead and pearl purple. I called my mom and we talked through the decision and then I called Lee and informed him that I was back down to a zero…and all the while, I was texting my bridesmaid, April, to get her input. I have trouble making decisions on my own, apparently.
Last night was my first bridal freak-out which I think it pretty good since I have been planning for over a year. It was just one little set-back and, honestly, they are just centerpieces. As perfect as I want everything to be, all that really matters is that fact that Lee and I will be there getting married. That is what really counts…which is why I know everything is going to be okay.
With much Love and Laughter,
Something to share: If you are married or planning a wedding, did you have a crisis to deal with? Do you tend to be a good decision maker or do you consult others for their opinions?