Friday, November 4, 2011

On wedding planning

{Via Style Me Pretty - and also lyrics from one of my favorite songs!}
In about 7 months Sean and I will finally say, “I do.” It seems like an eternity, but I’m not wishing time away just yet. I am getting very anxious to be his wife. And I’m excited for the wedding too of course; it’s sure to be a good time!

The wedding plans are coming along, but sometimes I feel like we haven’t done very much. Many of the big things are checked off our list—we have a date, church, reception venue, DJ, and limo, and we’ve picked out a color scheme, my dress, the bridesmaid dresses, and Save the Dates.

I realize there’s still a lot to be done, but I tend to feel like I have all the time in the world (mistake #1?). Then I have these moments—mostly sparked by conversations with others—where I feel like I’m not doing enough. So far it hasn’t been terribly time consuming or stressful, and I get the impression from some people that they expect it to be. So far, the entire process has been really laid back and enjoyable (the only thing I find stressful are the price tags). Am I missing something?

These are the top 3 things that seem to be working for me so far:

Staying organized. This is huge. Thanks in large part to the friends who have done this before me, I’ve managed to stay pretty organized. I have a binder with paperwork, ideas, and notes for every aspect of the wedding. I have countless spreadsheets and word documents full of information I either know or need to know. If I can stay on track with all of this, I think I’ll be golden.

Taking a little at a time. Sometimes, I wish I was doing more wedding stuff—it’s a lot of fun after all. But taking care of things in small steps has definitely helped keep my stress levels low. I assume as we get closer to the big day it will get a bit harder to put things off and spread things out, but for now, this is working really well. Besides, I work better under pressure, so I’ll probably be fine, right?

Ask others. I’m probably one of the most indecisive people you will ever meet. I can spend 20 minutes trying on a single sweater in a dressing room just because I can’t make up my mind. So when it comes to wedding plans, I so value the opinions of my family and friends around me. My mom, Sean’s mom, and my bridesmaids have all been wonderfully helpful. Sean’s helpful too, when he needs to be. I don’t blame him for caring less about fabric color or invitation designs. The cake? Now that he’ll care about!

If you have any suggestions, do share! I’m always happy to hear tips and ideas from people who have done this before.

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