I went to a happy hour recently with some of my coworkers and friends, including Bridesmaid Blackout, Groomsman Y, Mr. Palm Tree, and a couple who just got married. They were leaving for their honeymoon in Mexico the next morning.
The new missus was joking with me and telling me how insane I’m going to be once invitations go out, because you’re so dependent on other people. I told her that her groom often jokes with me that during the last few months of our planning, Mr. PT is welcome to stay at their place to ensure the sanity of all involved (har-dee-har-har).
At some point or another during the conversation I exclaimed, “Oh, there is so much I wish I could do right NOW!” Her eyes widened and she laughed at me, asking what I could possibly be excited about since a lot of the big ticket items (shoes, dress, venue—just a few examples) are locked and loaded.
The first thing I can’t wait to do are our seating charts. I know that modern technology (of which I am a HUGE fan, do not get me wrong—I am a Google/Amazon/Facebook girl through and freaking through) makes it easy and convenient to accomplish this task using spreadsheets and ready-made templates.
Screenshot via WeddingWire / Wedding Wire’s Seating Chart tool
But I have forever envisioned myself with tons of circle-shaped cardboard cut-outs with color coordinated Post-its.
Miss Mink’s seating chart—still not exactly what I’d like, but close!
I also can’t wait to do our bathroom baskets and out-of-town bags. Since everyone will essentially be from out-of-town (it’s pretty much a 30–45ish minute travel for 85% of the guest list), we’ll probably put together a more low-key version due to having pretty much everyone staying at the hotel; water bottles are a must and we’ll likely add a few snacks and/or something Pittsburgh specific. Mrs. Turkey posted a really awesome write-up of her version of both.
I have also considered including flip-flops in the ladies’ bathroom.
Image via Old Navy / Can’t really beat Old Navy’s two for $5 flip-flops.
Why is this included in the “cannot WAIT” post, you ask? Couldn’t I just go buy the flip-flops now and consider one goal accomplished?
Sure—but how do I know how many to buy? Do I just assume half of our hoped-for guest list is going to be women and go from there? Do I try to grab an equal amount of sizes? Furthermore, what if I finally have that “AHA!” favor idea (sigh) and it tends to be a bit out of budget, and I could have made it happen if only I didn’t blow x amount on flip-flops because in retrospect they are totally cuttable corners?
This, friends, is the true plight of a bride on a budget with a type-A personality: You want to get everything done and you have all of these obviously genius ideas (ahem) but you have to…wait. Wait on other people, wait to see if it’s in your budget, wait for the right time—to the tune of Marcia, Marcia, Marcia, I whine wait, wait, wait!
What are/were you most excited for in planning your wedding? Do you have a Pinterest board full of super-awesome ideas that are testing your patience? (Please don’t tell me it’s just me…)