The Perks of Being Matron of Honor
To imagine my little sister walking down the aisle to marry the man of her dreams seems so surreal to me. There's a seven year age difference between us, and I've never really thought about the day she would get married too, let alone see her as a grown-up. When I got married, she wasn't even old enough to have a champagne toast with us, but she attended all the festivities that her ID allowed.
Now, with having organized a Stag N Drag, a bridal shower, bachelorette party, and other small details for the big day for my own sister, oddly enough, appears to me as if time is standing still. The days have been going by faster, with so much to plan for, but the big picture of it all seems to be suspended in time. There's no way that little girl that used to play Barbies with me is an adult and will soon be starting a family of her own. There's no way she is getting married this weekend.
This is actually happening. How is that possible?
During our own wedding planning, a lot of the events and activities seemed too mature for her - just the concept of finding love and marrying someone to spend the rest of your life with seemed like something she couldn't possibly comprehend. She's my little sister after all, she's too young for that.
But here we are. She has found love, and it's her turn to walk down the aisle.
Now, this is a concept I'm finding difficult to comprehend. It's as if I'm watching all of these events unfold through the eyes of someone else. I'm just dreaming. Time really isn't going by this fast. We aren't really growing up. She isn't really growing up.
This has been difficult for me to adjust to, but it has been wonderful seeing her so happy through all of these wedding events leading up to the grand finale this weekend. That seven-year age difference doesn't seem so far apart anymore. The gap is closing in and our worlds are becoming that much more similar. She was Maid of Honor in my wedding and I am Matron of Honor in hers.
Although it may be a sad reality to have both Cole girls married and grown, we're gaining an amazing family member at the end of it all. We have always been a close-knit family, and despite the stress a wedding can bring, we always remain close and stand with open arms to welcome our soon-to-be brother-in-law and son-in-law. I couldn't be happier to be Matron of Honor, standing by my sister's side as she says "I do" and marries this wonderful goofball that fits so perfectly into our clan.
The biggest perk of being Matron of Honor is that I get a front row seat to see how happy she is through every step of the wedding planning process and beyond, as she becomes a wife. This is the greatest way she has ever followed in my footsteps. It's my turn to help make her day, truly perfect.
Cheers to an amazing wedding weekend!