A Letter To The Bride On Her Wedding Day

A Letter To The Bride On Her Wedding Day

Just remember, the longest sentence you can form with two words is "I do."
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To the beautiful bride,

It seems hard to believe that the day we once dreamed about while we played pretend for hours has finally arrived. Today is your wedding day! It's crazy to think that after all of these years of dreaming and scheming up not only the ideal wedding but also the perfect man that you are about to have both. Plus, you finally get to wear the beautiful white dress that you finally chose after so much thought as well as see each and every wedding detail that you pinned on your Pinterest wall come to life. I might actually see why people say that your wedding is one of the best days of your life.

I'm not even the one getting married and I am beyond excited for your wedding day. I know that you have chosen a wonderful man to be your future husband just as I am sure that you both are aware of how incredibly lucky you are to have found one another. In the time that you two have been together, it has been a true joy to watch your relationship grow from friendship to more. (But, honestly, from the moment you both met, everyone knew how that story was going to end). Watching you wait for the right man to enter your life and later fall in love with him, has given me hope that one day I will also find the once-in-a-lifetime, fairy-tale love that you have found in your soon-to-be-husband. As your bridesmaid and cousin, I am obligated to tell you that I will be there to help you each and every step of the way on your wedding day, but there are other things that I want to promise you.

This is your wedding day, a day that you have looked forward to since the time that you were a little girl. With that being said, I want today to be as perfect as you have always imagined that it would be. Therefore, as your bridesmaid I promise to hold your dress while you pee because let's be honest, that dress is heavy and hard to maneuver on your own and it is my hope that someday you will do the same for me. I also promise to not "ohhh and ahhh" over your dress too much because even though the dress you have chosen is gorgeous, it will never compare to the beauty that you possess. You have a beauty that shines from the inside out and on this special day, I want you to know that you look gorgeous because it is my hope that you will for once believe it. Also, I will be sure to do whatever it is you ask me to do on that day because your wedding day is all about you and your future husband celebrating your love and start of a new life together. There is something so incredible about that that I want you to be able to look back on this special day and remember it fondly. Even though everything will not go the way you imagined it to and may cause some confusion or frustrations, please remember this line from one of our favorite chick-flicks—27 Dresses.

I wish you and your future husband the best of luck in the future, even though I know that you two are on the road to marital bliss as we speak. I hope that your wedding day is everything that you always dreamed that it would be and strengthens the bond that you and your love share. I know that someday you will be able to look back on this hectic time with fond memories and know that it was all worth it in the end. But for now, simply enjoy the day and don't forget to actually smash some cake in his face.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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