Post # 1
Our wedding isn’t until June 2013 and we have been engaged since Dec 31st 2011. We have spent hours upon hours on this wedding and still have a ton to do…but all things considered we are probably way ahead of the game…except I am in graduate school. And I take school very seriously. I begin on Sept 24th and have sworn to be done with wedding planning by that date. My insides are churning. I’m nervous about the wedding, planning, school, life, every freaking little thing. And yes I’m going a tad cray cray. On the bright side I’m getting some momentum and have finished a bunch more of the “little detail” projects that I’ve been putting off because they’re tedious and not terribly exciting. I’m trying to post as much as I go in the DIY for motivation.
What do you say to yourself to keep yourself motivated? Help a sister bee out 🙂
Post # 3
I would forgive yourself for not getting everything done. My ceremony is in June and I only have some things planned out Save-The-Date Cards, invites which I made myself and ironing out little details. I am planning from 2000 miles away so I can’t really plan anything else til I go back to the venue and take some pictures and do logistical planning somemore. I’m also unemployed which stinks but its been nice to have this time to get time comsuming planning things out of the way.
When I get stressed I kick back with a nice homeade iced coffee and a little block of dark chocolate, or I go to the gym and exercise.
Post # 4
@Mrs Christopher: We’re out of state too! We will go back to CA the day after I graduate from Grad School and the following Sat will be the wedding. We went out to CA this past Christmas to book all of the vendors and tour the venue. We’re stayed at the Inn and tried out their spa services as well. Out of state, Grad School, what were we thinking?? LOL!!!
Sorry to hear you’re unemployed…unless you prefer to be. In that case good on yah! I was unemployed a year ago and put so much stress on myself that I didn’t even find a moment to enjoy it. So to pay it forward, don’t put too much on yourself either. 🙂
Thanks for the suggestion. An iced coffee sure sounds good right now!
Post # 5
Instead of planning all of it (because some things you can’t do, like the seating chart) I would make a list of the things you can plan by September 24th, a list of things you can do over each break (thanksgiving, christmas, and spring?), and a list of things you can do after school ends. That way if you don’t finish everything, you at least know where you’re leaving off and you have broken it down into more manageable chunks. And if you finish everything for your 9/24 list and tackle a few items off of the next one then you’re ahead of schedule ;).
Post # 6
@icetea: Hi fellow grad school bride! It feels reassuring not to be the only crazy one… To be totally honest, I really like @asscherlover:‘s advice, make yourself a list now of everything you can get done and be understanding that there’s simply stuff you can’t do until closer to the date. Do you have family/friends helping you out? If so, delegate delegate delegate! I made a google calendar specifically for the wedding and scheduled everything that needs to get done, then shared it with all of them. This way, they’ll not only have a list of stuff they should do, they’ll also know what I’m up to. I also frequently over-dose on wedding planning (it gets overwhelming with grad school) so I find that if I take one hour a day to accomplish one thing for the wedding it gives me a break from research. Good luck!
Post # 7
@purpeley: I like the 1 hr a day idea!
We have actually accomplished quite a bit. Still more to be done but we are well on our way. So things like seating chart, invitations etc can’t be done till closer to the wedding but we plan to have all of the templates put together so we just input the deets and print etc etc.
Post # 8
I feel your pain! I just went back to school too and was hoping to get everything done before. I’m pretty good- but definitely still have quite a bit to plan! No real advice- but I love @asscherlover ‘s advice! I’m also thinking about hiring a DOC. I’m not sure if you’ll be in school during your wedding, but I finish the week before and am thinking, I may want somoene to take over some of the respnsibilities, at least the day of, so I can relax!
Post # 9
@FoolsintheRain: Yes! LOL. I also finish a week before the wedding…and depending on if I walk or not we will be leaving Seattle on Sunday for our Saturday wedding in CA.
We have a DOC provided by the Inn but they’re swamped with this wedding season that I don’t see much interest in working on ours but they have been helpful and answer all of our questions.
In the last couple weeks we have
Worked on plans for RH dinner
Ordered decals for our cornhole boards
Purchased wedding and honeymoon insurance
Finished favor tags
Got my dress in for alterations (we get to see it at the end of the month)
Scheduled with seamstress to sew our table runners
Delegated table decor for wine and cheese room at the Inn
It goes on and on!! 🙂