The Buffalo Wedding: How we didn’t rehearse

I’m going to take a shot in the dark and assume this is more common than you may think. But hey, I also could be very very wrong. We had every intention of having a full-blown wedding rehearsal. We had never even fully done our handfasting ceremony in its entirety, nor had anyone else been to the ceremony site to see where everything would take place. A rehearsal was definitely a must. But then something funny happened: people were late, I was tired, all of a sudden people started showing up for the rehearsal dinner and then somehow the actual rehearsal seemed less and less important. In fact, it seemed unnecessary. I’ll let you in on a little secret: by the time we had arrived at the venue the day before I had given up on being a neurotic stressed out bride, and just come to the conclusion that the best thing for me to do was just go with the flow (I may or may not have revoked this opinion the next morning during set-up, but that’s a story for another post)

Since rehearsing the actual wedding ceremony had been scrapped, we moved onto bigger and better things: rehearsing the RECEPTION. Originally, we had a bit of trouble deciding how we wanted to go about our rehearsal dinner, mainly because of the seclusion of our venue. But in the end we decided on a laid-back BBQ with our immediate family, wedding party and guests who were already on the mountain the night before. I let Mr. B pick out the food, and I have to admit he did an excellent job. He opted for us to have carne asada tacos, Coronas, margaritas and even decided to man the grill! I know a lot of you Bees would not want your grooms to be “working” at your rehearsal dinner, but I know that manning the grill with his groomsman was one of Mr. B’s favorite parts of the night!

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BM N, GM R & B and Mr. B manning the Grill

In addition to Mr. B and the groomsmen at the grill, most of our wedding party had helped us set up the multi-purpose room for the event that day, and MOH S was in charge of warming the tortillas. (Have I mentioned we have AWESOME friends?)

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Me and BM J

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I will say I got a little carried away with the salsa and guacamole. I went to the Mexican market by our house to stock up, and somehow managed to spend over $100 on various pre-made salsas, guacomole and hot carrots. SERIOUSLY. So if the older ladies in line are giving you the “are you really buying that much” look, they’re probably right..I think we ate about half of it. MAYBE.

We had a great time spending extra time with our closest friends and family, especially those from out-of-town. After all the family had cleared out, the guys got to do what they had been waiting patiently to do all night: play beer pong. Under normal circumstances, I probably would have joined them. But due to Baby Buffalo, not only was I not drinking, but I was extra tired, so I retired to the main house to watch Sleepless in Seattle and finish some last-minute projects before heading to bed. Even though I missed most of their fun, here are my favorite shots from the night just because:IMG_1033

GM R showing off his awesome wrist tape

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Despite our lack of actual preparation for the most important part of our big day, I consider our rehearsal dinner a success. It proves that just like a wedding, your rehearsal can be anything you want it to be. And I definitely learned about just going with the flow that day (seriously, that is NOT something that I am good at).

Did you have a traditional Rehearsal and Rehearsal dinner? Or did you do things a little differently and still have everything turn out perfectly?

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The Buffalo Wedding: Ready for the Weekend to begin

One of the great things about our wedding venue was that we had it from Thursday through Sunday. So the Thursday before the wedding, Mr. B, GM R and I headed up the mountain with two full carloads of wedding stuff ready to get this show on the road. Seriously, our cars were STUFFED to the brim with (almost) everything we would need for the next few days of festivities. A couple of hours later we had arrived at Bailey’s and the guys were excited and ready to unload the cars!

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Mr. B and GM R on the porch of the Bailey House

Ok, they weren’t quite as excited about unloading the car as they were about the well stocked pond and the prospect of fishing once the cars were empty. But excited is excited. So once everything was in the house, the boys set off for the pond and I got busy setting everything up relaxing.

The next day was when everyone was set to arrive so I spent the morning running around getting as much done for the Rehearsal dinner as possible. Mr. B spent the morning helping, but as soon as his friends started to arrive, all the guys conveniently re-located to the pond and the girls hung out up at the house. When M got there, she got busy making the cake, and the BM’s and I finished setting up for the upcoming rehearsal dinner and occasionally helped as taste testers for our delicious cake.

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GM R sneaking a cookie before heading to the pond

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Me and MOH S watching the guys fish IMG_0996

M working on the bottom tier of the cake IMG_0997

MOH S tasting the yummy frosting

After a long afternoon filled with fishing and cake testing, a lot less wedding set-up then we probably should have done, and more reminders then should have been necessary, the guys finally came up from the pond so we could all get ready for the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. The Carriage House was set up and we were just waiting on a couple of stragglers from the bridal party to arrive so wedding weekend could OFFICIALLY begin!

Did you have your wedding venue available for a leisurely set-up? Or did you have to get it all done the day of?

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FINALLY

Well Hive, it’s been awhile. I made a New Year’s Resolution to finish the Buffalo Recaps by the end of January. And it’s, ummmm, April. Clearly I am EXCELLENT at making and KEEPING New Year’s Resolutions. I blame pregnancy brain. No? That excuse doesn’t work on Mr. B either. But, now that I’m officially on bed rest until Baby Buffalo makes her debut, I figure now is a better time than ever to show you the details of the Buffalo wedding because now I have exactly the opposite of an excuse for procrastinating! I hope you have all had a wonderful first quarter of 2013 planning your weddings, here is a quick recap of things leading up to the Buffalo wedding before I start in on all the good stuff.

We FINALLY got engaged one July day on Catalina Island. Then I jumped feet first into wedding planning and had my dress before anything else, only to decide I needed a 2nd dress (something I NEVER thought I’d do). I got really picky about wedding venues and then accidentally came across the perfect place, only have to do some date re-arranging with my MOH. I went on a quest to find the perfect country cover band for the wedding, only to have them break-up, and not tell me. I did quite a few DIY projects and we decided to drink our beer from mason jars. I started to slack off in the final month of wedding planning due to finding out we were expecting Baby Buffalo, and then got crazy busy in the last week before the wedding when I found out I was a BEE! After the wedding we took off for a relaxing week in Maui! We planned a fun outdoor mountain wedding and looking back all the stress and work was TOTALLY worth it! I can’t wait to share all the details with you, so stay tuned!

XOXO Mrs. Buffalo