5 Months?

We hit the 5 month countdown last week and it prompted me to get my butt in gear. So far my planning has mostly been inspiration boards, venue-ing, and more inspiration boards, but this week I’ve been a veggie with a mission (like a secular version of one of those Veggie-Tales characters).



Actually, in all honesty, it wasn’t the 5 month mark that prompted me into action, it was my first visit to an anonymous wedding site that offers a “wedding checklist”. After 8 months of wedding planning I had heard much about this site, but never logged on.

As a total wedding novice, the idea of someone giving me a wedding to-do list sounded great, so I entered my email address and wedding date and was promptly greeted with about 100 red alarm clocks smacking me in the face. Really? Whoa!

Being “fashionably late” doesn’t really faze me that much”¦ “on-time” is not a phrase that most people would generally associate with Miss Veggie. But usually I at least have an idea that I’m running behind schedule. This time, no clue. Really. Plus, as previously mentioned, this wedding is supposed to be a way to show off the grown-up more organized me.

I have to say “The Wedding Checklist” was not a boost to my wedding self-esteem. Not only were there about one-hundred-thousand things that we haven’t done yet, there were also a wealth of not-yet-even-thought-about things to do on that list. i’m feeling a little overwhelmed.

Where to start? Any other August brides out there? How far along are you in your planning?


Mrs. Veggie

Raglan, New Zealand/Scranton, PA
Wedding Date:
August 2010
Welcome to the Party, Wedding Party!
Two Steps Forward”¦

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    sarahbean 87 posts, Worker bee @ 6:28 am

    Haha I’m an August bride and got engaged 2 weeks ago tomorrow, so am MASSIVELY behind according to pretty much everyone, but I genuinely don’t care! we’ve managed to find a venue and a church, I’m picking up my dress today and best of all it’s only 4 months til I get to marry my boy so I’m damned if they’re going to make me feel bad!! (sorry, vent over!) Our best man printed one of those lists but apparently my Fi should have started his facial care routine 5 months ago- LOL! Just go at your speed hun!

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    ktisthatbees 1686 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:55 am

    I started that checklist too. Since the checklist was made for “everyone” there are going to be a lot of items that don’t apply to you, so here’s a suggestion. Click on see all lists to see the full list. Then go through and check off things that won’t apply to you. As an example, I won’t be having a flower girl or videographer, so I checked off find a videographer, meet with videographer, find flowergirl, get dress for flowergirl etc. Once I checked off all the things that weren’t relevant to “my” wedding and clicked update list, the list got A LOT smaller! Trust me, it will get your blood pressure back to normal.

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    ajonesyy 71 posts, Worker bee @ 9:04 am

    I am an August bride and don’t pay attention to what the wedding industry wants me to buy or book. That checklist is the devil. If I need to buy my garter for the garter toss 5 months in advance with the “Accessories for my dress,” then I will just skip it if I end up forgetting. The only things I am TRULY listening to on that checklist are timelines that involve etiquette, so sending invites out this many weeks in advance, etc.

    NO matter what, as long as you have an officiant and a place to have it (and maybe food and alcohol), you will have an amazing love-filled wedding. 🙂 Go at your own pace!

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    alivoo01 2625 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:34 am

    No worries! It’s not as bad since I too was faced with a million alarm clocks. I went through the checklist and checked off things that didn’t apply to us and then went back to cross things off that we already completed. The list dwindled down in no time to a much more manageable list!

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    pmerr 2727 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:34 am

    I’m August too!! I have tons of lists that I don’t follow hoping it will help me! Luckily I have all the big parts done, and I’m just focusing on the small details now.

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    cola 2827 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:56 pm

    I think I felt most overwhelmed at the 5 month mark too. It was right after Christmas, and I felt so behind because I hadn’t done anything wedding related after the holidays. But it’s ok, really! You still do have plenty of time! 🙂

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    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 11:16 pm

    don’t worry, i say settle the big things, what’s impt to you, and then take on smaller stuff that aren’t absolute must-haves. delegating helps too!

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