No, no, I am NOT getting married. Sorry if anyone got excited on my behalf.
However, one of my closest friends from college IS! 🙂 I got a call from Sara just before Christmas to tell me the good news — we’d all known it was coming for a while — and to ask if I’d be a bridesmaid!
Sara and I have known each other since we were 17 and 18, respectively. We met as high school seniors, when we both toured the same college (which we both ended up attending). We’ve been there through boyfriends, break ups, the Freshmen 15, semesters abroad, 21st birthdays, senior theses… and “firsts” for a lot of things that don’t need to be shared here. It was a bumpy four years, and we both definitely changed and grew during that time. The first few years, we were completely inseparable. We never quite got back to that level of closeness, and we’ve only seen each other in-person a handful of times since we graduated nearly four years ago. But I don’t know who I’d be without her in my life, and I’m thankful that I have a friend who has stuck by me for as long as she has.
I’m so happy that she has found a guy who loves her and treats her well and with whom she wants to spend the rest of her life. And I’m THRILLED that she wants me standing next to her on that day.
On a funny note, my mom was worried that I would be jealous or feel insecure about the fact that I’m still single. But PSH! I’ll either find a date or I’ll be the fabulous single bridesmaid who gets to dance with all the hot groomsmen… (Speaking of which, I really should start
stalking reviewing her fiancé’s list of Facebook friends.)
So, friends and followers, what do I need to know about being a bridesmaid??? I’ve never been in a bridal party before. Relatives and childhood friends have gotten married, but they’ve all either eloped or gotten married while I was halfway across the country in college. Sara is the first of my close college friends to get married, which is a milestone in and of itself. I don’t want to flub my bridesmaid responsibilities on my very first attempt. 😦
In all seriousness, I’m open to suggestions, advice, pointers, et cetera. Please send them on my way. Particularly advice about long-distance bridesmaiding, as I live 1000+ miles from the bride. I should have plenty of time to figure this stuff out… they haven’t set a date yet, but she says they are leaning towards Spring or Summer 2015. I’ll be sure to keep you all updated on the progress of Operation Bridal Party. I’m eager to find out her wedding colors! (Waiting to see if she goes with the same color she used to decorate her half of our dorm room during sophomore year.)
Huzzah for Team Bride!!