I thought about this today and had to share.
I'm not screaming in the above pic, I swear...I'm lmao. Here's the story.
I was SO ready for my wedding. I was extremely laid-back on the big day, no cold feet, no sweaty palms...nada. My cake showed up in the wrong color*--whatever. My caterer was late--whatever**. I was the epitome of easy, breezy. My friends kept asking, "Are you nervous?" I'd reply, "Not at all." And I wasn't.
I had an outdoor ceremony. My handsome fiance and the pastor were under a gazebo. Behind the guests was a building that had curved stairs going up either side and a pretty balcony above. I was going to make my entrance down one of the staircases and the bridesmaids were going to go down the opposite staircase where the groomsmen would be waiting for them. I sneaked up the staircase, with my girls in tow. I had a few minutes to stand there, while the music was being changed. I took a peek down below and saw Matt's face. It was then that I felt the enormity of what I was about to do and the fact that my life as I knew it, would never be the same. I turned to my friend, E (who is a crazy-fun actress) and she saw the tears in my eyes. She said, "Dana! You're ok! Dana! Don't mess up your make-up!" Then, I kid you not, she busted out in her best operatic voice the lyrics of a famous Nine Inch Nails song. I'm going to f$*& you like an animal. I'm going to feel you from the inside! Just then, the other girls all stood up tall and clasped their arms in front of them like choir girls and joined in. I'm going to f$*& you like an animal. I'm going to feel you from the inside! Where in the world did she think of that song to sing to me at that minute?! And how did my other friends know to join in? I don't know, but there's nothing that can snap you back into reality like laughing your butt off. Thank God for great girl friends (I later found out that some of the guests heard this and wondered with the heck was going on).
*No matter how many times you confirm, delivery mistakes can happen. Had I hired a DOC, this cake switching would have been fixed immediately. But because nobody saw the cake until the delivery men left...it was too late (at least I thought so--I was like, no need to make a fuss. Whatever. It's cake. Eat it.)
**Make sure that in your vendor contracts, you have a clause which stipulates what time they need to arrive. If they don't honor that clause, you should have some of your money refunded, or not have to pay a percentage.