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Tomorrow I am packing up my car and driving up to Michigan. When I return back to Kentucky I will be a married woman.

Where the hell did the time go?!?!!

I decided to take the entire week of the wedding off from work so I can focus solely on getting everything finished up. I still have to do all the escort cards, which I’m hoping to crank out this weekend, pull together all the out of town gift bags, and make sure the ceremony programs and table numbers are printed and ready to go.

I’ll see you all after the wedding!!

I’ve stumbled upon various emergency kits for your wedding day, and I thought I’d do one big huge run down.

A tiny mirror…small and portable so you can peek at your look.
A handkerchief…for tears, of course.
Bobby pins and a travel-sized bottle of hairspray…to keep that hairstyle in tact.
A small comb…to smooth back flyaways.
Chapstick…it lasts and won’t get on your teeth.
Band-aids…clear ones, for the inevitable blisters.
A Tide-to-go-Pen…for unforeseen spills.
Blotting papers…for shine-free photos.
Dental floss…also necessary for those photos.
An emory board…to smooth out rough parts on nails that snag delicate dresses.
Krazy Glue…for shoe heels, clothing jewels or other adornments that come off.
Extra pantyhose…in case of a run.
Clear nail polish…in case there’s no time to change stockings.
White chalk…to cover up marks on your gown.
Topstick toupee tape…the best double-sided tape there is. (hahaha!)
Extra earring backs…hopefully, you’re wearing screw-ins, but just in case you’re not.
A mini sewing kit…tiny scissors for loose threads, a needle and thread for mending and extra buttons because someone will lose one.
Safety pins…a quick fix for rips.
Travel-size perfume…to keep that great scent all day long.
Mints…think of all those people you need to talk to.
Eye drops…happy tears make for red eyes.
Asprin…for that annoying headache.
Straws…so you stay hydrated without smearing your lipstick!
Flipflops…to give those feet some rest from those heels.

I keep wanting to make one, but I don’t know if I’m going to have the time to put one all together. But I’ll definitely try!

I should really not care what Weather.com tells me. First off, we are getting married in Michigan – land of high 70 degrees one day, 30 degree snow the next. Secondly, it’s been raining here nonstop for who knows how many days. Granted, I only know what the actual weather has been here in Kentucky…rain, rain, and more rain.

But one of the most important reasons that I should stay clear of the website is their high and almighty “10 day forecast.” How many times do we yell at the weatherman because what they said and predicted was going to happen, never does.

Of course in a perfect world I wouldn’t want it to rain, but I have no control over mother nature. And supposedly rain on a wedding day is meant to be good luck

We are closing in till the big day, and I’ve begun dreaming about the small details. Seriously. The other night I had a dream about all the things that I have to pack to take up to Michigan with me. I woke up and realized that I cannot pull a one night packing deal, because there are so many random little things that I need/want to make sure I take up with me.

I also remembered, while laying in bed watching Iron Chef, that we still needed to pick out two more flavors for our cake. There are too many delicious flavors of cake to even choose from, and I am seriously debating if I should Google search “most popular cake flavors” to help me figure out which ones to pick.

Then, the other day at work I was talking with one of my coworkers who handles all the social events, and she was going over a contract for a bride and she was telling me that she needed to make sure all her vendor agreements were in order….!!!!!….I big time hit a wall and ran over to my desk and called up my coordinator and asked her if I had agreements (which I could vaguely remember) and if I had turned them in. Did I? Nope. So she decided to help me out (c’mon, I used to be her intern for heaven’s sake). She told me she would get in touch with my DJ and photo booth people, and I would get in touch with the florist, bakery, and photographer.

Less than 20 days and it’s now the big crunch time of figuring out all these details…

In addition to heading up to Michigan next week for our girls weekend, I’m taking an extra day off from work to head to the county clerk’s office to obtain our marriage license!

In the county we are getting married in back in Michigan, we cannot get our license more than 33 days before the wedding. If you do – it expires. Definitely don’t want that happening. Also, there is a 3 day waiting period from applying for the license, to when you receive it/are able to use it.

I plan on going to the clerk’s office first thing in the morning, so I don’t have to deal with lines. All I need to remember to bring is our filled out application, both our certified birth certificates, my out of state drivers license and cash to pay for the license.

I’m hoping I can get the license this month, so I don’t have to worry about picking it up the week of the wedding and then something going wrong and we are really short on time.

Is it over yet? I’m coming to the end of planning and I just want the big day to be here. A month from tomorrow will be my last work day until after the wedding. I’m driving up to Michigan, with my dress in my car, on May 21, and then I’ll have an entire week of not doing anything work related, and trying to enjoy some peace and quiet before the craziness ensues.

I’ve enjoyed the whole planning process, I was quite happy with having 13 months to plan, take my time, spread things out, and be able to work and enjoy other things without having the wedding always at the front of my mind.

But with less than 40 days to go, I’m just exhausted. I want the big day to get here, and better yet, I want our honeymoon to be here so we can both take an entire week off from work and go on vacation together.

One week from today I’ll be in my car driving up to Michigan for a fun-filled packed weekend. Let’s take a look shall we:

Thursday, March 10th, I’ll be driving up that morning, so unfortunately I won’t be making it to the florist appointment, but my mom will be going to it. That evening I have an appointment scheduled with the musical director at the church to go over music selections.

Friday, March 11th, I have an eyebrow appointment and then later that afternoon/evening I have both my hair and makeup trial! I need to get my pictures together so I have visuals for both appointments.

Saturday, March 12th is my bridal shower!! My amazing godmother is hosting the party, and I cannot wait to see all my family and friends. It’ll definitely be a fantastic time!

Alright, so we are nearing the three month mark, let’s see what I still have left to do:

  1. Book rehearsal dinner site
  2. Purchase guest favors
  3. Groom/Groomsmen get measured for tux’s (set to happen beginning of March)
  4. Figure out ceremony song list and ceremony readings
  5. Send out invitations (scheduled for the end of this month)
  6. Go to the city clerk and get marriage license (canNOT be any earlier than 33 days before wedding)
  7. Have dress fittings (first one is this Saturday)
  8. Purchase groomsmen and bridesmaid gifts
  9. Have hair and makeup trials (set for beginning of March)
  10. Finish up ceremony programs
  11. Purchase any accessories for bridal look
  12. Pick up wedding rings (just waiting for mine)
  13. Work on song lists for DJ
  14. Work on reception seating plan
  15. Make escort cards
  16. Make out of town guest bags
  17. Book appointments for: eyebrows, facial, manicure and pedicure

That’s all that I can think off the top of my head. Mainly all the nitty gritty details still left to do!

Keep calm and carry on. Planning a wedding is all what you make of it. You can continuously stress over finding the “perfect shade of red/green/blue” or flipping out on how the actual wedding day is going to run.

Guess what. Things are not going to go exactly to plan. You can either freak out and stress over every little detail, OR, you can roll with the punches and just go with the flow. I’ve seen it happen with other brides on Facebook, other wedding blogs, and in real life. I feel sorry and a tinge of pain when I see brides stressed out. This is supposed to be one of the happiest times of your life – I mean, you’re planning your wedding!

Your guests, and maybe even yourself, are not going to remember what the linens look like, or what the cake looked like. Now I know I’m not married yet, and I know all the little details as of right now, but I’m not going to stress out over everything. I refuse to let all this planning grow into a crazy twisted stress ball.

Sometimes a headache is all in your head.  Relax.

Two weekend’s ago Kyle and I went out to IKEA and bought two bookcases for our living room. We are lacking some serious storage around this place, and we wanted something for us to store all our dvd’s and display some pictures.

While we were booking it for the aisles to pick up our boxes of goodies, Kyle spotted a mason jar sitting on one of the shelves. For a measly $3 we picked it up for our brilliant idea we started the previous day.

That mason jar has become our honeymoon fund jar.

We will have money in our bank accounts to pay for our accommodations, but we wanted to save up some cash for food and activities once we get to Florida. We like the idea of trying to just carry cash, because it let’s you see how much you have spent, instead of whipping out that plastic and getting back and seeing your depleted account.

We are throwing in any cash we get or find. I’ve been putting in all my tips that I receive from work, and Kyle has been taking money out whenever we go to the grocery store. It’s been great to save up something together, and be so excited whenever either of us are able to add something to it. Within a little over a week’s time we have already gathered up over $200 in the jar (I caved and counted it this morning, though I didn’t count all the random change). But hopefully our jar will look like this by the time June rolls around:

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