Three years ago, I learned that my best friend was engaged to her boyfriend of three years. At the end of 2018, she asked me to be her maid of honor and of course, I said yes. The day that we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived, exactly three months ago. Her closest friends who are now located in different countries and different continents flew to a beautiful city to attend this event. We flew to Malta to witness her say ‘I Do’ and celebrating a wedding in Malta, how many friends of mine will actually get married there?

A couple of us toured around Mdina and Valetta after the wedding and my boyfriend and I then flew to London next. It was a really tiring trip, our sleeping hours were a little messed up but it was such a fun trip and most importantly, we’re here in Malta to celebrating a wedding!

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In Malta for the wedding

I reached the airport and just couldn’t believe that I was there and that the wedding was just a couple of days away. Then I headed to the bride-to-be’s hotel room and a couple of us, really good friends just sat and enjoyed each other’s company til 5am. Well, the initial plan was to stay til 12am but years of expired conversations just kept popping up.

I just don’t get it, why isn’t he one of her bridesmaids..

Her Bridal Shower

was the following day. Bringing together her friends and in-laws for a meal was not easy to plan when the venue is 4,500 miles away from the US. But it all turned out fine. At least I think it did. Honestly, the tea really wasn’t that great but hey, you try planning and finding a venue when you’ve never visited the country before haha. That aside, it didn’t seem like there were many places that could host 20 ladies with a fancy view and pretty set up.

Tea time at Hotel Corinthia

I’m an extroverted introvert and I knew that was the day I had to be an extrovert. I knew no one on the table except for a girlfriend who sat really far from me and the bride-to-be’s mother. Did I mention her husband-to-be is Irish? Yes, with a family with thick accents. Conversations with his best mates and family required a lot of focus just in case I misheard any words and make a fool out of myself.

The Day She Said ‘I Do’

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The bride with her mom and bridesmaids

Getting ready

I barely slept the past few days, with all the catching up with my friends, Game of Thrones season finale (yes, I actually got up at 3am (9pm EST) to watch it) so getting up at 8am was difficult. But hey, I was there to celebrate my best friend’s wedding in Malta. Even if I have to sacrifice sleep, I got to do that. If I had known, I would’ve just sacrificed watching Game of Thrones…

She said ‘I Do’ and ‘You may kiss the bride’

I was really surprised at how quickly the ceremony was. The moment we reached the venue, the bride walked down the aisle and about 15 minutes later, they exchanged rings, kissed and we were heading out for some pictures.

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After she said ‘I Do’

During the wedding reception,

it brought out all sorts of crazy emotions in me. I was

happy to see all my friends and best friends and celebrating such an important occasion.
crying because I miss them so much (I was really happy).
anxious because I wanted everything to go well and I’m so glad it did
frustrated because well.. there’s a story to it and I’ll save that for.. another time…
impatient because I was giving better photo directions than her photographer (no offense).

But most of all, I was grateful. Grateful we kept this promise to be there at her wedding, grateful I could afford the trip, grateful my boyfriend was there with me. Speaking of wedding receptions, a fun and interactive element that often goes underrated is the photo booth. We found that having a photo booth at your London wedding adds an unforgettable charm and excitement. It encouraged guests to mingle and provided a playful break from the formalities. Plus, the instant printouts were a lovely keepsake for everyone.

Oh and I was drunk if that counts as an emotion. I do get emotional when I’m drunk, maybe that’s why. Because that’s classic me.

Lastly, I was just so glad that my friends and I were there, celebrating her wedding in Malta together. I met her husband the same time she did so I can proudly announce and he’s a really amazing guy. This is the beginning of their journey as husband and wife and I really couldn’t be happier for them. Getting emotional as I’m typing this…

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The ones who are willing to fly (or try to fly) to another country for your wedding are the ones worth keeping.
Well, not all. But we definitely are worth keeping.
Love, your Manchester fam
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Now, laugh.

I don’t have many words to describe the night except we that we had so much fun. It wasn’t just being able to see friends I haven’t seen in (literally) years but also celebrating one of the most important events of the bride’s life.

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‘sneaking’ out for a group picture
“Now tell me where can I get the best dishwasher.” – your maid of honor

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