As is the same for many other late twenty-somethings, 2020 was going to be a year of weddings and hens, including my own. With more weddings being postponed as time goes on, it made me think about why I love these day long celebrations and how excited I am for when they’re finally able to happen again.
My love for weddings began in 2017 when I was a bridesmaid for one of my best friends. It was a big and boozy affair (the type that causes hangovers you still discuss with your friends 3 years on) and so full of love. It was my first experience of a wedding with my closest friends and my god was it good. From the food, to the speeches, to the non-stop dancing until the very end, it was bloody wonderful.
That’s the thing about weddings – they’re a day full of pure celebration. I guess you could say the same for birthdays but I think it’s different. For me, weddings have a magic that other events don’t. Though most generally follow the same tried and tested format, they all have a uniqueness that reflects each couple so perfectly. These days are less about the traditions and more about the atmosphere they create (for me anyway). There’s an air of happiness that fills the room, with everyone coming together to celebrate the love of two people they all have a mutual love for too.
Given weddings (at least ones without social distancing in place) may not be going ahead for a while, I thought I’d share some of my favourite wedding moments:
- Seeing the bride/groom on arrival, nervous (but the good nerves), in anticipation of seeing the person they’re about to marry for the first time as they walk down the aisle
- The moment you catch your first glimpse of a bride and you’re in awe of how beautiful they look
- The claps, whoops and cheers as the newly married couple walk back down the aisle having just said “I do”
- Reception drinks spent catching up with friends – some who you might not have seen for some time – and bumping into the girls you met on the hen. (Let’s not forget the canapes either – a much welcomed treat for people like me who have breakfast too early forgetting how long it’ll be until you sit down to eat)
- The speeches. Oh how I love the speeches. Especially the ones that make you both laugh and cry throughout. (Also not forgetting speech bingo if you’re on the fun table)
- Spending the whole evening on the dance floor, only leaving for a momentary cool down or to grab some of the evening food to help soak up some of the endless fizz
- The hangovers and conversations the following day, reliving all the best bits of the day before
Although it might be a while before these moments can happen again in the way they’re intended (no 2m distancing or face masks), it’ll be worth the wait – we’ll cheer louder, hug tighter and dance longer. These unique and wonderful days will feel that little bit sweeter, and I for one am so looking forward to it.