There is so much to do and actually no time at all to blog! However, this whole pre-wedding chaos is just too good to be left out here! So here is a quick insight into the last days craziness:
Good things first: we picked up my wedding dress and everything is fine! The little one, Karsten and I are still fit and ready to commit! And the first guests arrived.
Yesterday started to be a bit hectic though. The telephone rings basically every ten minutes and by now we are almost scared to pick it up…At one point, the owner of the hotel where most of our guests are staying called and he was completely confused. Which is not new to us – I think I will honor him an own blog entry, because his confuseness is just way beyond proper hotel management and I am afraid most guests think that my parents live in an area which is, touristically seen, about 60 years behind. Anyway, he was really confused about the bookings and I had to go through his whole guest list in order to tell him who of the guests belongs to us. After we settled that, he got really nervous because he discovered that there hasn’t been any bookings of the restaurant which belongs to the hotel. And since all the guests are attending the wedding, he automatically assumed that the wedding will take place at the hotel. We had already assured him several times before that we will celebrate somewhere else, but somehow he keeps forgetting it. I just hope that everything will be fine during the next days at the hotel!
(Update: awesome! Just one minute after I wrote this I received a call from my mother who wanted to drop some stuff at the hotel. Turns out the guy forgot to make a reservation for Karsten’s aunt who already contacted him in November!)
Later, we got a call from the florist asking when they are supposed to deliver the flowers and whether the people at our wedding location will arrange them or not (NO, the waiters will NOT arrange the flowers because that’s what the florist is supposed to do!!) Turns out they don’t have enough personnel for Saturday, so they would prefer to come and arrange everything on Friday already (which is not possible, because it’s hot and the flowers won’t last 1.5 days!). Then the lady wanted to confirm the way how we’d like the flowers to be arranged. The plan was that we have spots on the tables with three differently sized glass bottles and we just wanted some summer flowers to be loosely arranged in those bottles. But according to the lady, the flowers don’t stay in the bottles (please don’t ask me why!) so she filled the small bottles with colored stones to make the flowers stick! I sensed a disaster because in May, when we went to the florist to discuss this whole decoration thing, we specifically said several times that colored stones are no option at all!
At this point my mother started to have stomach cramps (please see previous entries).
We went to the florist to check the decoration (and yes, we had plenty of other stuff to do too!) and when the lady showed us the bottles we simply stared at them for several seconds. She had indeed filled most of them with bright orange and green stones. She had also wrapped bows around all the bottles. Lots of bows. In bright, eyestraining green! There were also large bows around the ears which were supposed to in the middle of the table. It looked awful!
We told her that this simply doesn’t fit to the rest of the location. Basically everything of what she had done had to go. Which really wasn’t neither her nor our fault but her colleagues fault who didn’t communicate what we discussed in May. When my mother said that it might be the easiest for us to just pick up the bottles and the flowers on Friday evening and to decorate it ourselves, the lady was very sad so we gave her another chance. The flower decoration might not be perfect on Saturday, but we decided that no one will notice the decoration anyway as long as we look happy 🙂
When we came home, Karsten just got of the phone with one of my family members who was already on the way to my parents place. Most of my extended family lives in Northern Germany and it’s quite a way from there to my parents place. One hour after they started their car broke down. Which apparently resulted in a fight which is the reason why only two the actual four persons in the car arrived at our place. The other two got of the car and went back to their home. One of them is coming today by train. I have no idea if the fourth one is still coming. I don’t really understand the problem, but what I do understand is that, if the fourth person isn’t coming, I will have to completely change the seating plan again. Apart from the fact that I was really looking forward to all of our guests.
In between I sent Karsten to fetch my wedding dress out of the car. He was gone for about 15 minutes and when he came back he didn’t have the dress with him but instead he had bought four chocolate puddings.
It was a long day. We are all slightly exhausted (some more than others), all a bit confused and a certain ironic humor starts to spread which comes with every family celebration and which I dearly love despite all the chaos. My mother feels slightly better again (fingers crossed). I am so looking forward to the wedding!