Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Making A List Makes Me the Opposite of Listless

There are 87 days to go until our wedding. I feel like it wasn't that long ago that it was 387 days.

[By the way, I want to point out that I'm not actually keeping count myself. There is a countdown feature on our wedding website.]

[By the way, when I actually mention that our wedding has its own website, I feel a little silly. Other events that have their own websites: The New York State Fair, Ozzfest, The Olympics. But they are a handy way to get information to your guests and practically everyone creates one for their weddings so I try not to feel like I'm getting completely carried away.]

[Great, now I forgot what I was going to say. And I'm abusing the use of brackets.]

[Oh! Right. The countdown.]

My mother and sister are hosting a bridal shower for me on Saturday. And then when I get back to L.A., I'm taking my dress for some alterations. And I need to send out the invitations in a few weeks. Basically all of the things that make it feel like this is REALLY happening are all happening from this moment forward.

I couldn't be more delighted to get this show on the road. Or, as Devin and I like to say, "Let's get this over with." {We kid, of course.}

{See how I've switched to these fancy brackets?}

Since the very beginning of this wedding planning process, I've been a pretty disorganized bride. I've meant to keep everything in a need order, take notes at vendor meetings, and make a calendar. Instead, I make calls from my cellphone while standing in the parking lot of my office, writing down unintelligible notes on scrap paper. The scrap paper then sits somewhere on my desk until I inevitably, accidentally throw it out.

I have succeeded in keeping all signed contracts in a binder. Everything else is stored entirely in my head. And it's getting crowded in there.

So a few days ago I decided I better type up a list of every loose end that needs tying up. No matter how big or small the task, from writing vows to buying stamps. I thought there'd be something like 15 "to-do" items.

Imagine my horror when I finished my list and discovered there were 48. And I'm sure even more tasks will present themselves as we get closer.

In fact, just as I was typing this, something else popped into my head. Outstanding. Must remember to order food from the macaroni and cheese vendor.

{Yes, I'm hiring someone just for mac & cheese.}

{Oh, and I just went over to type that on my list, and while I did that I remembered I have to make bathroom baskets.}

{Who the heck started this bathroom basket business? I know they are handy but they are also totally obligatory now because I don't want to be the one bride who doesn't put out bobby pins and tampons for the womenfolk.}

When typing up my list, I didn't rank anything in order of importance. I probably should go back and reorganize. But to get things out of my head I just typed up items as they came to mind. This is actually somewhat scary because I noticed that I thought of a lot of tiny things first:

#8- Check with site manager to make sure mason jars qualify as fire safe candle holders

And then there's this:

#47- How the heck do you get a marriage license and when?

I hope to god I'm not forgetting anything major. I don't think I trust myself not to.

6 comments:

Megan Ashley said...

oh i loooove weddings! my best friend just got engaged and i'm making her go to this Wedding Expo thing at the LA Convention center this weekend! Haha, it's sooo exciting!

Good luck with your "to-do" list!

Katelin said...

haha oh megan (she's talking about me!). but i'm getting excited for mine too even though we don't have a date yet. and i will totally be like you and writing down everything on that final to-do list and "where the heck to you get a marriage license?" will probably be on it :)

but woo for your wedding, i'm excited for you!

JenBun said...

LOVE the title of this-- I seriously cracked up!

And I couldn't handle any of this, so kudos to you for at least having a list! (Mmmm, Kudos!) ;)

{Should I be afraid-- very afraid-- that my word verification is "torehab"??? To rehab or not to rehab, THAT is the muthalovin' question!}

mir said...

Oh my god, I'm so craving mac&cheese now. MMMMMMMMM. Lean on your friends to help you check your list off. I'd be happy to be on tampon patrol! I've got a costco-sized box that I won't be using for quite some time... :0)

Hollywood Sucker said...

Megan- I never made it to a wedding convention. I nearly went to one out of curiosity, but then thought better of it when I considered it would probably make me severely confused.

Katelin- See my concern above about the convention. :)

JenBun- You should be proud you found a faux word in that. I thought tore hab. Which is nothing.

Mir- Do you think it would be weird to put out ONLY tampons? Or...would it actually be weirder to put out ALL tampons and then one pack of gum?

Yasi said...

Seriously Bri, please delegate what you can! I know we're east coasters but we're totally competent and can handle making gum look lovely if necessary :)