I am a Caribbean Bride…

Letters written by real brides-to-be about their journey to becoming Caribbean Brides
Natalie, 26 from Barbados
Getting married to Sean on May 16 in Barbados

A few days to go before my wedding day and, surprisingly, I haven’t found myself running around, screaming at anyone who crossed my path or tossing and turning in bed at night. In fact, I’m quite calm. I’ve heard countless stories of all the last minute things that I’d be doing during the final week of my wedding but this morning I found myself laying in bed until 11:00 am!! Why? My maid-of-honour keeps telling me that I’m not the typical bride because I’m a professional planner…I even planned which boxers Sean will wear on our wedding day. Don’t get me wrong, I worry like anyone else and keep asking myself: “Why hasn’t anything gone wrong? Everyone who told me that something would go wrong couldn’t possibly be wrong. Or could they?” One of our groomsmen even commented last week that everything was going too smoothly and according to plan (I guess he’s speaking from experience). While he did manage to scare the hell out of Sean and me, we’re trying to stay calm and enjoy this final week.

After watching countless of episodes of ‘Bridezilla’ I’ve resigned myself not to worrying about something possibly going wrong, but rather to focusing on the true meaning of the day. So often, a bride can get wrapped up in the event and forget that she’s making the most important vows one can make. While this may sound cliché, focusing on the vows that I’ll be taking has been what has kept me sane – well as sane as a bride with three days to go before her wedding could be!