Task-Master! (Aka The List)

Today is August 2, and with my goal to be as stress-free as possible during the Wedding Week, this means that I have two months to get, well, everything! done. I thought I would do a quick check-in to see what’s left to do, and maybe you guys can help me figure out if I am missing something.  Here goes:

Mail Invitations.  I just talked to our invitation lady yesterday, and they are done!  I am picking them up tonight, doing some postage and RSVP marking tomorrow, and they should be in the mail by Wednesday latest.  Expect a post revealing these later in the week!

Hair Trial.
Make-Up Trial.
Dress Fittings.
Finalize Undergarments & Accessories.
Find something old, new, borrowed, blue.
Purchase flower girl dress and shoes.
Finalize ring bearer tuxedo.

Create song play and do-not-play lists.
Finalize music selections for special dances
(first dance, mother-of-the-groom, anniversary dance, etc).

Finalize wedding favors.
Order or make wedding favors.
Create out-of-town bags:

                    –Finish welcome packet
                    –Create labels and label water bottles
                    –Purchase snacks and treats to go inside bags
Figure out/create/purchase Guest Book.
Figure out/create/purchase Table Numbers.

Finalize flower arrangements.
Finalize ceremony with Father Mike.
Finalize the menus
for both the rehearsal dinner and the reception.
Finalize, finish purchasing, and wrap the attendant & parent gifts.
Get Dr. Groomy’s gift!
Attend bridal shower and bachelorette party.
Write and mail shower thank-yous.
Finish aisle pomanders.
Finish kids packs
for the children attending the wedding.
Find mannequins for displaying the mothers’ wedding dresses (my MIL is currently working on this for me!).

Draft seating chart.
Create escort cards.

Distribute copies of selected readings to ceremony participants.
Apply for marriage license.
Meet with photographer
to discuss day’s schedule and finalize shot list.
Meet with DJ (our Emcee) to discuss day’s schedule.

Final dress fittings; pick up dress from salon.
Final tux fitting for Dr. Groomy; pick up tuxes.
Final head count to caterer.
Drop off everything for reception
at reception site—family pictures, wedding dresses, mannequins, escort cards, table numbers, day-of schedule, vendor contacts, favors, etc.
Confirm all wedding day beauty appointments.
Send all bridal party members final installment of Wedding Party Newsletter (aka The Wedding Weekend Memo, which lays out every.  last.  detail! for the weekend.  I’ve been working on it for two months already!)
Organize tipping envelopes.

Relax, enjoy the week, and spend time welcoming family and friends.

Wow.  This feels like a lot of things left do, and it is.  However, if I look more closely, a lot of this stuff will be easy to knock out.  All in all, I feel pretty good about where I am at.  I have a lot of the stuff listed here started, if not almost completely finished (a lot of the DIY projects, most of the songs, some of the ceremony, etc.).  So tell me, gang:  what am I missing?  Anything? 

And where are you at in your wedding planning?  If you’re already hitched, tell me about your wedding week.  Was it stressful, or did you manage to get a lot done beforehand?

P.S.  Wanna check in and see where I’m at?  I created a List-Tastic page where I’ll cross off the items on the list as I get them done.  Dorky, I know, but you know I love my to-do lists!



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12 responses to “Task-Master! (Aka The List)

  1. That’s quite a list, but definitely do-able within 2 months! I’d say 2-3 things get checked off every week and you’ll be good to go! It seems like you’e gotten everything!

  2. Bathroom baskets? That’s a to-do that I realized I need to do.

  3. Oh my goodness that does seem like you still have a lot to do! I had a 14 mth engagement and got a lot of stuff done really early on. I don’t think I had to do anything the week of my wedding. It was very relaxing.

  4. I’d say you’re pretty much on track! And you’re totally right, a lot of those things can be done very quickly, one right after the other. I’m trying to think of all the ridiculous little details that were swimming around in my head 2 months before the wedding, but I’m drawing a blank. Things will definitely come up the week of the wedding, but I think you’re doing a great job of planning ahead. I can’t believe you’re just about 2 months away!!! AAAAAAHHHH!!!!!

  5. amyc13

    Thanks, Sarah! I already did the Bathroom Baskets, way back in March! You can see the post here: https://littlewedplanblog.wordpress.com/2010/03/01/diy-bathroom-baskets/ Hope that helps when you create yours! 🙂

  6. Jennifer

    Sounds like you got it all under control, when you list it out sounds like a lot but most of it is easy things to knock out and atleast your pre pared for everything!

    If you don’t mind can you share with me the details of the newsletter, never heard of that! Sounds SO cute!!

    Best of luck!

  7. amyc13

    Hi Jennifer! Here’s a link to the entryfor the Newsletter: https://littlewedplanblog.wordpress.com/2010/01/29/the-wedding-party-newsletter/ Shoot me an email if you have any questions! 🙂

  8. Hmmm… make sure you have a detailed schedule of all of your drop off items (for the reception) with where they belong as well as a timeline of where and when things should be happening. You will want to give a copy to every vendor so everyone knows what is going on at once.

  9. stephanie

    I was going BANANAS the week before my wedding. I was making favors, trying to deal with place cards and seating, greeting people coming into town, putting together the slideshow for the rehearsal dinner, and packing for the honeymoon. I was shuttling between DC, Bethesda and Rockville, MD- I felt like I just drove and drove and drove! I was up and running 12 hours a day every day. It was nuts. And I didn’t have bathroom baskets, a wedding party (or newsletter) or displays of dresses! you are soooo organized- you will be done in no time ; finalizing things is a snap. “Yes, we want the salmon” etc. good luck!

  10. Can I just say thanks for posting this? I am at the same point as you are…and this list has put everything into perspective! I’m crazy about lists.

    What are you putting in your kid packs? Since most of the kiddos attending are under the age of six, we’re bringing along games of Uno, Candyland, etc. We are also hiring a Education Major from the University to babysit the kiddos so the parents can have fun.

    Keep checking off those items on the lists!

  11. Jen

    Aahh! My wedding is about the same time as yours, your list made me panic a little! good luck!

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