Goal #41 – Attend 25 Cultural Events #2
2. Mike & Alaina Get Hitched – Oct. 8/11.
I debated on whether or not to include this as a cultural event, but come on now… weddings are incredibly culture-based. Even this, slightly-less traditional wedding.
After months (years?) of bugging Mike to put a ring on it, and then set a date, the day finally came. I’m sure the couple could have used more time to finish all the details and extra ideas they had, but regardless, everything turned out great.
Of the four bridesmaids, only one (my older sister, Andrea) lives in the same city as the bride. This made dress shopping a little difficult, but we decided on getting infinity dresses off Etsy which worked out very well. Not going to lie, it was difficult for the four of us to each find a style that suited us and was comfortable (most styles don’t allow for a bra), but it all came together, and we looked hot – and best of all: no wardrobe malfunctions!
Because the weather was incredible (I’m talking like +25°C) they decided – the day before – to move the ceremony outside. Luckily, this required little more than setting up a few chairs and figuring out the sound-system. They ended up getting married under a low-hanging tree, full of beautiful fall colours which was so much better than having everything in the reception hall.
They had a home-made photo booth instead of guest-book, complete with props (which is like, one of the three things I help contribute for this wedding).
They had a karaoke machine and guests had to sing love songs to get them to kiss. (I really wanted to sing Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend” for humourous reasons that the couple would understand, but thought it might not go over so well with those that didn’t get it.) Instead I was coerced into singing the Spice Girls “Wannabe” with Andrea (another inside joke), joined the rest of the wedding party in an epic rendition of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” (complete with air-guitar back-ups) and apparently stole the mic from another bridesmaid (so she could dance with her man) for Lonestar’s “Amazed” (do I even know that song?).
At one point, I was on the dance-floor with Andrea and her friend Ben when I noticed that my toe hurt. Didn’t think anything of it. Said in passing “my toe hurts” to which Ben replied “Yah, you’re bleeding.” Sure enough, my cute yellow shoes (in which me and the others ‘maids kept getting complimented on) was slowly turning red. Boo-urnes. (Those photos have yet to surface…)
Overall, it was an awesome good time. Still doesn’t feel like it was real, even thought I was there and the couple now uses the words “husband” and “wife”. Regardless, I’m happy to now have a brother and am now even more set on eloping.