Wednesday, January 15, 2014

wedding lists

I'm feeling torn between relieved that it's already Wednesday and absolutely terrified that it is Wednesday so soon.  Does that make sense?

My mom came into town last weekend and spent a glorious 24 hours with me. Seriously, it was heavenly.  I don't realize how much I miss being around my mom until she's here with me.  Mom, want to move to Houston??

The main purpose of her visit was my first dress fitting! EEEKKK!  But along we way we managed to hammer out a few other wedding things as well.

dress fitting
ribbons for guest bags
guest book table decor
wedding ring

Sorry, you won't get to see more than this until the big day! via IG
But checking off all these things only made me realize how much else is left to be done. I thought I was on top of this wedding planning business. We got engaged in September 2012 and I had the venue and dress figured out by that Christmas.  Food and cake were done last spring.  Those are the big things, right?

Sort of. And wrong, too.  Turns out there are so many things I didn't foresee that really can only be handled in the last few months and that's where I am now.  According to our website, we have 53 days left.  And because lists makes me feel more at ease and more stressed all at once, let's see what's left to do, shall we?

get in all RSVPs come on, people! this waiting game is torture and I really don't want to harass you
figure out final numbers for booze
find an officiant this is all on me, I know!
create seating arrangement
order wedding programs
order menus
print and frame family wedding pictures
figure out a guest book
confirm block of rooms at second hotel currently playing phone tag
order rehearsal dinner menus
dancefloor lighting options
slideshow rentals
ceremony readings/vows/details
find a new babysitting for receptions ours canceled
wedding card receptacle? birdcage? suitcase?

5 weeks prior (February 1-2nd)
give final counts for hair/makeup Feb. 1st
figure out timeline for day of - how/when are we getting to venue? Feb. 1st
final run through meeting with coordinator Feb.1st
finalize cake designs with cake lady Feb. 2nd
decide on bridesmaid jewelry Feb. 7th
arrange transportation with hotel Feb.8th
rehearsal dinner dress

3 weeks prior (February 15th)
edit photo list for photographer
finalize alcohol order

2 weeks prior (February 22nd)
give bar menu to venue for chalkboard 
freshen up hair cut & color

10 days out (February 26th)
give caterer final count

1 week out (March 1st)
give seating arrangement to venue 
finalize music for ceremony/cocktail hour/reception

week of (March 5-7th)
stuff and deliver guest bags to hotels
nail appointment
send in final payments
prepare tips for vendors

So how am I handling all of this?

Currently, I'm sipping on some Starbucks and snuggling with my pups to alleviate some of this stress.  I'm reminding myself that I like being busy. That having a plan will help me work through these things on the list.  I keep a little notebook in my bag which is where I write all my weddings things - phone calls I made, vendors I spoke with, checklists to do, ideas, and more.  In just 53 days, I will be getting married to the man of my dreams.  If the seating chart is wrong or we run out of vodka it will not be the end of the world. It won't even ruin my day.  The people we love will be there to see us begin this crazy journey together.  That is what really matters, and the rest? It's just icing on the yet-to-be-designed cake.


PS - If you can think of anything major that is missing off this list, please tell me!

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  1. You are very organized! I think your lists look great! I also need to start making lists like that because I feel like I am running around like a chicken with its head cut off!!

  2. Your list looks wonderful and now I am cross referencing it with mine to make sure I'm not missing anything!! We're getting married in 3 months and I am feeling very similar - like there is so much to do! We've got this though and no matter what the day will go great :))

  3. I will talk your ear off about all of this next week, can't wait! And like you said, at the end of it all, getting married is all that matters!

  4. You have the right mindset, that's for sure! I'm right behind you at 100 and I need to keep remembering that the details are just details and I'm marrying the man of my dreams, regardless if the details are perfect or not! Thanks for the reminder! :)

  5. I am a list lover too! And wedding planning is so hard because it seems like no matter how "on top of it" you are, there are just certain things that can't get crossed off the list until the final 2 months!

    Following from the link-up! :)

  6. Love the lists! I am struggling because due to my work schedule, I will be "deployed" for two months before my wedding. I get back the week of! The ever changing work schedule. Eek! I am so organized and ahead right now, but my fiance doesn't get that i will be out of contact, etc. I just hope I can get most of the planning rolled up before the big day!


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