The bridal shower is her prelude to the big event. It is a time when all eyes are on her, not quite to the extent of the ceremony, but on her nonetheless. She is the one expected to meet and greet, she is the one taking centre stage for the opening of gifts.
As a harbinger of the attention to come, it can be a little overwhelming for the non-attention seekers, In making her speech, the bride, becoming a tad emotional, joked about making it through the ceremony, referring to herself as a "not very good bride."
On that she is wrong. She is grace and elegance, bliss and happiness. She is loving and loved. She is the picture of a perfect bride.
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