The Double Digit Countdown Dance!

While I don’t exactly have a real dance, I’d like to think it would look something like the animal’s below.


Nothing left for me to do but dance (oh, and 100 other wedding-related tasks). / Image via

When we first started working on our wedding website I added a little countdown on the welcome page, and at the time it read “488 days until the big day.” And this week? We’ve finally hit double digits, baby!! We’ve obviously come a loooong way since the early days of planning, so with that in mind, I want to share a very top-line recap of what we’ve done and what we still have left to do (in terms of wedding planning).


  • Wedding website created
  • Venue, photographer, wedding planner, DJ, florist, baker, hair & makeup artists, officiant, string quartet booked
  • Photo booth, up-lighting, and lounge decor booked (through DJ)
  • Said yes to the dress
  • Room blocks reserved
  • Wedding night accommodations booked
  • STDs sent
  • Registries created
  • Bridesmaids’ dresses chosen and ordered
  • Rehearsal dinner location booked
  • Reception rentals ordered
  • Shoes, veil, hair fascinator purchased
  • First fitting down, second scheduled in two months
  • Invitations sent
  • Honeymoon plans finalized
  • Ceremony music selected
  • Final wedding-planning trip scheduled
  • FINALLY started P90X to whip my ass in shape

With all the major things out of the way, it seems like the final few months are all about the details, so here is just a snippet of our still massive to-do list.


  • Select wedding rings
  • Order wedding-day jewelry
  • Mr. M to select materials/style for custom suit
  • Mr. M to provide groomsmen with info on where to rent suits
  • Chase down guests who have not yet RSVP’ed
  • Food tasting at venue
  • Determine vendor meals
  • Food tasting at welcome dinner location
  • Final hair & makeup trial
  • Select bachelorette party and welcome dinner dresses
  • Submit reception music list to DJ
  • Order reception stuff
  • Order welcome bag supplies
  • Create welcome bag and bridal-party itineraries
  • Order ceremony programs, escort cards, table names, and all other necessary printed materials
  • Seating arrangements (UGH)
  • Get marriage license (hands down the most important upcoming to-do)

My mantra / Image via Wikipedia

OK, I’m going to stop here before I hyperventilate over the remaining to-dos. When I feel overwhelmed, I have to remember to take a step back, breathe, and always tackle what we consider priorities first.

If you are also getting close to your wedding date, does your upcoming to-do list look anything like mine?


Mrs. Mongoose

New Haven, CT
Wedding Date:
May 2013
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  1. Member
    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:05 am

    I think you and my MOH may be date-twins. Less than 100 days!! 🙂

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    Gemstone 22124 posts, Honey Beekeeper @ 11:25 am

    Best picture ever! Good luck finishing up your to-dos!

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    mylittleviolett 2124 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:49 am

    We have 93 days left right now and I’ve been freaking out! I feel like all of the little details are the most difficult part.

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    keytabell 17 posts, Newbee @ 12:11 pm

    We went from 380 days to now at the 78 day mark so making lists and freaking it is roughly a weekly event. My lists are certain things to get accomplished for the month along with things to buy that month also. The lists keep me organized and prepared but sometimes it can be overwhelming seeing what more needs to be accomplished and/or purchased. Thankfully my guy is always by my side with a hug and words of comfort. Good luck to you in your remaining planning.

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    faeriegirl05 173 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:30 pm

    we have 99 days left as of today….begin faerie freak out!

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 12:42 pm

    @faeriegirl05: @mylittleviolett: @Blonde17Jess: We’re all in the same boat–good luck ladies!

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 12:43 pm

    @Gemstone: Thanks so much 🙂

    @keytabell: It’s great to have a supportive guy to help! Good luck to you as well 🙂

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    fevew 22 posts, Newbee @ 4:31 am

    Best picture ever!

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    AstoriaK 1563 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:48 am

    Jamiroquai reference??? Love it!

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