We didn't get a grand exit.** There were no sparklers waving, no bubbles being blown, no leis being placed around our neck or loud cheers and clapping as we made our way out of the room and out into a cool car to speed away in. In fact, there was no car there to be decorated or anything. But we knew this was going to be the case. I had told Mr Fix It all along that if I was spending all this money and I was planning all these things, that there was no way I was going to miss out on anything. I wanted to party with my guests until the last one left the building. And that's just what we did.
It was just about midnight and the only people left in the reception room were me, my mom, my sister, my daughter and my now husband, Mr Fix It. The coordinators and catering company were scampering around trying to pack things up. The tables were almost bare and the DJ was packing up so no music was playing.
We went ahead and headed over to the bridal cottage area and started packing up my gown, bouquet and all the other little things I had brought with me. Mr Fix It and I had each arrived at different times during the day. I got to the venue at 8 am and was there until midnight that night. I had to drive my own car because I had my gown, gifts and lots of other little things to bring with me. Mr Fix It arrived around 2 pm by himself (all his family and groomsmen had to be there an hour earlier for pictures). So we had each come in our own cars. And we didn't want to spend the money to rent a getaway car because we knew it would not really be driven at all...our hotel was literally 5 minutes from the venue.
So after we packed everything into my car, we stood there just confirming what time everyone was going to be at our house the next day for the lunch. I hugged my mom and sister and daughter good-bye, told them I'd see them in the morning, and jumped in my car. Mr Fix It jumped in his car and we followed each other out of the venue past the tigers and onto the street until we reached the hotel.
We checked in (Mr Fix It was supposed to do this on his way to the venue but of course it didn't get done). It was after midnight and the lady at the counter was so sweet. We got into a full on conversation with her about marriage and our wedding and our faith and turns out she was a Christian who just wanted to chat it up with us. She was really nice but we were so exhausted.
We got into our room and jumped out of our clothes. We were both so tired but Mr Fix It said there was no way we were going to sleep on our wedding night without gettin' busy briefly :)
When we woke up in the morning we headed down to the hotel restaurant for our buffet breakfast. Several of our wedding guests (actually our neighbors who had rented rooms because they didn't want to make the 30 minute drive home drunk) were checking out and said hello. Some friends who had come to the wedding from San Jose stopped to say goodbye on their way out. And then we ran into one of Mr Fix It's oldest friends and his girlfriend. They were getting breakfast, too so we invited them to sit with us. We sat there for a good two hours just chatting with them and having so much fun talking about lots of stuff. His friend even offered to stay at our place while we were on our honeymoon so our dog would not have to be by himself. And then we said our goodbyes and headed home to a house full of people and food!
It was a great day before, a wonderful night and a fabulous breakfast with friends. But it seriously did just go by way too stinkin' fast! :(
Our videographer ends his wedding videos with a message from the bride and groom to their guests...we didn't really know about this so when he pulled us aside, I just gave the mic to Mr Fix It. So here is our final goodbye from the end of our reception:
Share time: What was your grand exit experience like? Did you even have one? Or what will it be like if you are planning one?
** I told you I was going to jump around and just blog about whatever video clips I came across or whatever was fresh in my memory during my recaps. So don't think just because this post is about the very end of the night that the recaps are over...far from it. There's still a lot more to come :)
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