Ball Before the Chain

Ball Before the Chain is a boutique travel and event planning service focused on Bachelor and Bachelorette Party outings.  Ladies and Gents, can sit back, relax and have a BALL… Before the chain.

"Do you feel like a bride?"

I’m engaged!!  It happened awhile ago actually… Things are going well. The wedding is nearly planned. Things are generally “all good”.  However, everyone I encounter goes crazy over the fact that I’m not, well, crazy.  I think it’s beginning to concern some friends, family and even strangers I encounter.  I suppose I’m not your average bride.  It’s exciting, don’t get me wrong, but it’s all pretty technical at this point.  Check lists, guest lists, timelines, et cetera, et cetera.  Granted, some things - like cake tasting - are FUN! Anyway, a friend of mine very typically asked me the other day if I feel like a bride yet.  Apparently she’s one of the many people anxious to get more enthusiasm (I’m guessing rainbows and tiaras) out of me.  My response was that, so far I feel more like an event planner than a bride.  I figure that’s ok...  It’s what I’m doing (though not without the help of a truly awesome real wedding planner) and it also happens to be something I actually like to do.  But the sugarplum fairies aren’t dancing… Maybe they need some liquid courage first?  I can’t wait for the actual wedding weekend.  It’s going to be a blast.  Vegas. Yep, Vegas!!  Not cheesy Vegas but luxe Vegas – with a view.  It’s gonna have all the essentials: Champagne. Friends. Family. Parties. Dancing. Champagne. A hair and makeup squad. Good food. Champagne. The WHOLE nine.  But, you know what oddly made this nonchalant wife-to-be feel “like a bride”?  The Bachelorette Party!  It’s been way too long since all of my girls have been in the same city at the same time (Ok, technically this hasn’t happened ever with this group).  It’s going to be so much fun!  I’ve even considered allowing some of the typical bachelorette accessories and activities though I will not waiver on my strict NO PENIS STRAWS policy.  Maybe it feels bridal because it’s the first event since the engagement that says “You’re getting married – this is why we’re all here.”  So let the festivities begin!  We’re fleeing the country and staying at ME Cancun where we’ll have fun and sun and ocean breezes and the occasional cocktail if we get around to it.  I’ll, of course, update you later as to what really went down.  I already know it’s gonna be awesome AND it also means the countdown is officially on. Tick tock, tick tock…  The big day is coming in October!

~J