Getting Stuff Done: Wedding Progress Update

Wow, we are almost 100 days out from the big day. Where has the time gone? We are almost in the double digits. The thought of double digits makes my hands sweat. So much to do! So little time! I need to go back and read my wedding planning advice post and take a deep breath.
I like to reminisce about the days when I had free weekends and, well, free time. Right now my free time is usually absorbed in being exhausted and unwilling to even contemplate completing or researching wedding crafts. I open up Pinterest and my chest tightens with anxiety. Totally overwhelming. According to Pinterest I should be cooking amazing dinners, baking incredibly decadent deserts, working on my six pack of abs (and toned strapless dress-ready arms), stockpiling a week’s worth of healthy snacks for work, all while planning the most mind-blowing, handmade wedding in the world and secretly pinning crafts that will someday make me a super mom when I’ve popped out some kids. Oh and let’s not forget about my real job where I work 50+ hours a week and grade stacks of AP World History essays. Because on top of all of this, I am expected to be an amazing teacher. Seriously ladies, I don’t know how you can spend any amount of time on Pinterest without feeling like life’s biggest failure.
But hey, we’re making it work over here! We got some stuff done. Want to hear about it? Good, because I want to tell you about it so I can feel better about our wedding planning progress. I might not have visible abs, but by God I’ve gotten some wedding stuff accomplished!

Mr. C puts our save-the-dates into the mail!

Things we’ve crossed off the to-do list:

  • We did a total 180 in our honeymoon plans and started from scratch in January. The destination has been chosen and plane tickets have been bought. Hotel reservations are next. More on this later!
  • We researched and booked a rehearsal dinner site.
  • We have rooms blocked out at two separate hotels in town.
  • Our save-the-dates have been designed, printed, and mailed. Invites (yet to be designed) will go out eight weeks prior to the wedding.
  • We bought a domain and created a wedding website which is currently up and running.
  • We started a wedding registry with which has allowed us to include items from across the internet.
  • My bridesmaids are purchasing their dresses (all mismatched in our wedding colors).
  • We made inquiries about a potential wedding favor.
  • Bachelorette party stuff is happening. I’m not sure what exactly, but dates have been chosen and hotels are being booked.
  • We met with the venue/caterer (it’s both in one) in January and created a rough floor plan, event timeline, and finalized our menu.
  • We chose one of two readings (and reader) for the ceremony.
  • I ordered aisle decor.
The final product, nicely printed and packaged by!

Stuff that has not been done (that probably should be done, or should be at least started)

  • I have no bridal accessories or shoes. (uuugh)
  • No dress fitting or alterations have been completed.
  • No wedding bands.
  • I have spoken to someone about wedding day hair but not made an official appointment.
  • No make up artist.
  • Mr. C and groomsmen have no suits. But we have an idea and are trying to move forward with it.
  • We have not spoken with the officiant (one of Mr. C’s close friends) about our ceremony.
  • Probably a million other things I don’t want to think about right now.

And that is where we stand. Wedding planning is a Sisyphean task; it seems for every thing you cross off your list, five things are added. But I think we are making some serious progress here. I keep reminding myself that even though I am insanely busy now, teaching two different classes (one for the first time, hence all the time I spend planning and reading), sponsoring two different school clubs, taking an online reading certification class, planning the wedding—come June it will be summer and Mr. C and I will be married. I am so glad we are having our wedding right after school gets out. That means we can sit back and relax and enjoy our summer. And I’m going to read books for fun and sit by the pool and sleep and sleep and sleep.

Well spring brides, where are you at in your planning journey? Am I stupidly far behind or does it just feel that way?


Mrs. Camel

Athens, GA
Wedding Date:
May 2013
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    kmarie719 795 posts, Busy bee @ 5:54 am

    We have 102 days and your lists aren’t too far off from ours except we sent STDs back before Christmas.

    Groomsmen all have their suits thanks to a great Jos A Bank sale.

    As for the accessories, bridal fitting, hair and makeup, officiant etc, we are in the same boat! I’ve been calm all along but I am definitely getting closer to panic mode, it’s going to come quickly!

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    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 6:50 am

    You seem to be right on track. It’s amazing how many details suddenly fall into place the two months before the wedding!

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    MattieK 278 posts, Helper bee @ 6:56 am

    This sounds just like us! We are 104 days out, and our lists of done/not done look almost identical, except we have our rings (I wanted to love love love my wedding band, since I plan on wearing it for a long time, so that was one of the first things I tackled).

    BUT, you are SO right about pinterest, it’s just not reasonable. I got to the point where I realized that there is no possible way to be a full time Ph.D. student finishing my dissertation, while simultaneously planning the wedding event of a lifetime, cooking delicious foods, getting my rock hard body ready for it’s dress debut (while eating all the delicious foods I’ve cooked…?) and creating a decorator-quality home. SO…I gave up.

    I realized that if me, my fiance, and our favorite people all show up and have a wonderful day where we end up married, then mission accomplished. So I made a wedding priority list, of “must haves” “want” and “extra”, tackled the “must haves” first, which included officiant, rings, venue, dress, food, music, and photographer, and the rest are happening as I have time. It’s been SO freeing!

  4. mswallaby Member
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:57 am

    That’s almost exactly where we were at the 100-day mark. Hang in there, it’s all worth it and will be over before you know it!! Love those save-the-dates, too – Moo rocks :)

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    Red Poppy 31 posts, Newbee @ 7:11 am

    You are making amazing progress! And I avoided Pinterest while I was wedding planning, haha. I only recently got into it, which I actually just blogged about, but you’re so right! (I don’t look at the rock hard body pins…)

  6. mslemur Member
    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 7:47 am

    Umm my list almost exactly mirrors yours. Haha! And I thought I was doing well… actually no. That just means both of us our doing well :)

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 10:54 am

    In the May boat as well, girl and time is FLYING. I’m so excited for you and Mr. C – can’t wait to hear about the honeymoon plans!

  8. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 12:11 pm

    I’m pretty sure we not have half those things finished that you listed in your completed column at one hundred days, so I think you are doing great!

  9. camel Member
    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 4:14 pm

    Aw thanks guys! You have made me feel so much better about our progress. We have a three day weekend coming up and I hope to get even more things accomplished.

  10. camel Member
    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 5:05 pm

    @MattieK: You are totally right. I think it’s easy to get lost in lofty goals and forget about what is most important: that we are getting MARRIED!

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    bluebelle23 854 posts, Busy bee @ 5:52 pm

    I’m in your boat and only 96 days to go! How can I be a good teacher and plan a wedding at the same time? Are all my kids going to fail the state assessment because I’m fried at work from pinteresting? Haha… Believe me, I understand. Im so glad we decided to have our wedding in May so I can spend the whole summer relaxing post-wedding.
    And I’m so much further behind. I can not make a decision to save my life. I don’t even have my dress bought yet because I freak out when I think about spending THAT much money on something I’m not sure on. Not that I have any other option at 96 days. Lol
    Ahhhh! Oh well… No matter what, we’ll be married. :)

  12. mstoadstool Member
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:26 pm

    I think you are doing great, it is totally normal to have that many things left in the last 100 days, they are the busiest. Best of luck.

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 6:27 pm

    So funny, I have a very similar post coming down the pipe later this week since I am also approaching the 100 day mark. From what I see, you definitely seem to be on track!

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