Hours After the Wedding

Hours After the Wedding

A yellow candle inside of a tall lantern atop a marble table. The lantern is next to a small evergreen plant and is surrounded by smaller candles and pinecones.

I am now looking at the other side of the event. I am exhausted. The big day has come and gone. Now on to a house full of company, tea, and Christmas festivities all week.

Hours After The Wedding 

A decorative, beige beaded handbag on a marble table. Behind the handbag are several large white roses.

Twas’ hours after the wedding, items were unpacked,

We looked through the piles of supplies, what to take back?

The tea urns were strewn on the living room floor,

While boughs of fresh evergreen hung near the door;

The guests were cozy all tucked in their beds,

While visions of fine tea blends twirled through their heads.

And the father of the bride, and me as the mom,

Had just sat down with dear friends to obtain some calm.

We surveyed all the boxes and found the flowers,

I wondered if they could be preserved for hours.

The bouquet of flowers, including two large red roses, other red flowers, small white flowers, and some greenery.

The day was chaotic and extremely long,

I knew during the wedding things would go wrong.

The bridesmaids bouquets were dumped in a big box,

Too late to drive them over, the hotel was locked.

They need to have the flowers, it does matter,

I will plan how to get the flowers there faster.

I cried to my sweet friends “Oh great, how could this be,

I have wedding flowers sitting near the tree”.

We looked high and low for the mom corsages,

They were tucked in a box with the drink collages.

Cranberries in a glass, topped with a white candle and surrounded by white flowers and greenery on top of a table.

The teapots, the airpots,

The glass pots and the bows!

The napkins, the holly,

the candles, and boughs!

Things placed in the small room,

In front of the green tree!

Organized mess! What a mess!

For all to see!

The big day went according to the bride’s big plan, She was able to stand next to her special man;

Her dad walked her down the aisle with teary eyes, Her mom watched them close by and she tried not to cry.

The guests were quiet and tried not to sniffle,

The officiant was there in the middle.

Three rocking chairs facing a stone fireplace. The two outer chairs are draped in red velvet and the middle chair is draped in green velvet.

The readings took place with the moms and the groomsmen, The vows were written by the bride and groom’s own pen.

The officiant pronounced them husband and wife, May the two abound in love the rest of their life.

The groom planted a kiss on the bride’s sweet face, There was not a dry eye in the entire place.

There were hoorays that filled up the entire room, A big, wide smile was fixed on the face of the groom!

The two stood at the top of the stairs smiling,

I bet their two hearts were a-flutter and flying.

They walked without her dress getting torn or ripped, The mother of the bride walked without being tripped.

On to the pictures, a new moment had begun, I can’t wait to see the photos all framed and hung.

The reception was fun; all people filled with glee, My regret was no one found extra cups for tea.

I planned on the tea being served through the night, But somehow the cups were placed way out of sight.

A two-tiered, white frosted wedding cake on a marble tier. The cake is decorated with juniper sprigs and red roses.

The dancing commenced while the heaters blew air, The people had fun and did not seem to care.

“Oh well,” I said to myself, remaining calm,

“I knew the night would not go without a qualm.”

Not serving tea at the wedding is not a small joke, The detailed, thought out plans seemed to go up in smoke.

The next wedding, I know things will go well, you’ll see, I’ll remember to keep calm and find cups for tea!

Merry Christmas to all and to all a happy day,


A lit multi-wick white candle in a green container. The candle is on a marble table and surrounded by pine cones.


Moore, Clement C., The Night Before Christmas, 1832.

About The Author

A photo of Leslie on the patio wearing a pink cardiganLeslie Sundberg is a World Tea Academy Certified Tea Specialist, a World Tea Academy Apprentice Tea Sommelier, a Specialty Tea Institute Level IV trained Tea Specialist, and a Tea and Business Etiquette Specialist. On any given day, Leslie can be found teaching, speaking or sharing in the joys of a cup of tea.  No matter what Leslie is doing or where she is, one thing remains constant: 4:00 in the afternoon is tea time!

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