We're switching it up from our normal Twirl Bride TUESDAYS to Thursday because our sweet bride blogger, Mary, is tying the knot THIS WEEKEND! Ahhh so crazy the day is finally here! We asked her to share some last minute tips/advice and to share with us what she's most excited about for this weekend + her marriage. Enjoy hearing from this giddy bride-to-be and be sure to take to heart her little nuggets of wisdom! She's a wise one. ;)

It’s wedding week for me, y’all!  I can’t even begin to describe how fast this last year of my life has gone!  Ever since I met Daniel, my soon-to-be husband, time has seemed to go SO very fast.  It’s like we met, I blinked, and here we are, 3 days away from our wedding!!  This is such an exciting time for Daniel and me.  Two weeks ago Daniel graduated from Physical Therapy school and this week he has started his job at Central Baptist Hospital.  In the meantime, I have been attempting to keep the wedding train on track and moving! 

It all seems pretty unreal that our wedding is this weekend!  We’ve had a whole year to plan and prepare and we have been waiting with anticipation for this time to come.  We’ve been patient sometimes and impatient most of the time.  I’m here today to give some last minute tips and to share what I am most excited about.  So, here is my first bit of advice: take a deep breath!

If I had a dollar for every time someone has told me or I have told myself to just take a breath during this whole wedding planning process, I would be a billionaire!  Seriously, the best advice I can give is that at the end of your big day, you get to ride off with your husband, whom you’ve been waiting your whole life for.  When I get stressed out over wrong orders or rude people on customer service or the weather forecast, all I think about is how far God has brought me in life and the fact that at the end of September 10th, 2016, I get to be married to the best man I know.  If that’s not motivation to stay calm, I don’t know what is!

Some practical things that have helped keep the wedding jitters at bay are: waking up slow in the mornings and drinking coffee in bed.  I’ve been so fortunate this week to not have to work and I don’t feel bad for not setting an alarm in the morning.  I rest when I can, mainly in the morning, and when I’m up for the day, I get to work checking off my to-do list or running errands.  But the morning time has been so peaceful and relaxing.  Take advantage of those moments before your wedding week gets too crazy!  You’ll miss the peace and quiet when you have a lot to do.

Secondly, I tried really hard to have the majority of everything planned a week before the wedding.  I had a two-day schedule made so that my bridal party didn’t have to guess what the plan is.  As plans have changed, I’ve simply made the changes to the wedding schedule document and updated my wedding party too.  My thinking behind this was that I knew the week of the wedding would be a whirlwind of emotions and surprise tasks needing to be done.  So, in planning a week before, I made room for these speed bumps to occur and to be honest, it’s worked pretty well! 

Lastly, plan a “last” date with your fiancé!  If you have planned your wedding well and in a timely manner, you should be able to have a seemingly normal life the week of your wedding.  Last night, Daniel and I went on our last date as an engaged couple.  We recreated our first date and we were able to just talk and enjoy each other’s company.  Because most of our time is spent talking over word documents, work orientations, last minute planning, it was so nice to just put that all down for a while and spend some one-on-one time with the man I’m about to commit my life to.  It was nice to be reminded that our relationship is much more important than a perfect wedding.

I could go on and on with advice but I believe those are the three things that have really kept me sane during this process.  That and the people who have surrounded us during this time offering helping hands and prayer; even a simple text saying that someone is thinking of me has gone a long way!  We couldn’t do this without our people!  The next time I write a blog, I’ll be writing as Mrs. Rouse!

Mary, from all of us to you, HAPPY WEDDING WEEK!! We are so excited for you to become a wife on Saturday! We are doing all the celebratory dancing for you over here and cannot wait to see all the gorgeous images of you in your amazing Twirl gown! You're going to be a vision. We love you deeply!! XOXOXO, The Twirl Girls