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A-Z Topic of the Day: To Dos!

Good morning! Our topic for today (T) is... Tell us all about what's on your to do list! How far away is your wedding?  What's on your mind right now? PIPs of course get extra credit.PIP Instructions: http://talk.theknot.com/boards/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=61206852
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Re: A-Z Topic of the Day: To Dos!

  • rkroerrkroer member
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    edited December 2011
    Our wedding is just about 10 months away -- and there are still a lot of things to do! The bigger ones are getting the photographer and ceremony musicians booked.  Then in Sept/Oct we can book the ceremony site (not able to until then, which is so irritating!) and then in October I hope to get the rental items booked/reserved We've got a lot of DIY projects (invite suite, veil, BM's flipflops as part of their gift, frosting the candle holders, etc etc etc) plus we also have to order the bridal party gifts....so much to do still.... But the most important thing on my mind right now is ordering my dress tomorrow!  Can't wait!!!!
  • doxx0048doxx0048 member
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    edited December 2011
    Well we have 79 short days to go (seems like each day just flies by so fast)!  Our to do list is HUGE.  Here is what I can think of off hand:-Put together the invites now that they are printed-Hand address all of the envelopes-Make the table numbers/menu cards-Print and assemble the ceremony program-Get our wedding party gifts-Go in for my 2nd and 3rd alteration appt-Buy the rest of my centerpiece vases-Workout, workout, workout!-Stamp the placecards-Make signs for the placecard table, guestbook table, etc-Use Vistaprint to make business cards with directions for guests to upload their photos-Update and finish our 3 registries-Plan the rehearsal dinner, make invites for it, send them out-And basically a TON of other stuff :)
  • edited December 2011
    This post is a touch stressful To Do:- Decided to do programs after urging of fam.- I bought the guestbook kit, just need to make it- Table numbers/cards/other signs and stationery- Make final payments to vendors- Get our guest count finalized- Hair trial- Dress fitting- Catering manager meeting- Finish gathering stuff for kids fun packs, incl. draw cute little book for them to color in.- Make RB Pillow- Decorate FG basket- Send Rehearsal dinner invites- Select/Finalize music- Pick up marriage license- Create Ceremony Order- Complete seating chart- Designate final lists of tasks- Bachelorette partyAghghghhhhhh so much to do! More than that, but that is what I'm listing so far.  


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  • edited December 2011
    Yes, I figured the TOTD couldn't always be happy design things - the reality is that everyone is planning a wedding!  Plus, if you get your list "out," it's somewhat cathartic :)
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  • doxx0048doxx0048 member
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    edited December 2011
    I feel the same way Smo - my heart was racing when I realized how much I had to do!  To do list = stress, ughhh
  • edited December 2011
    Well, I'm only 52 days away so my list is pretty small:1) write vows (already started)2) music (i-Tunes playlists)3) alter rental item quantities (we added 6 more guests)4) pick out GM suits5) decorations6) make sign for parking7) commission FI's ring- our friend is a jeweler (FI is procrastinating)I really can't think of anything else at the moment.  I'm sure something will pop up at the last minute.  Right now my mind is stuck on items 1-3.
  • edited December 2011
    What isn't on my mind right now, haha! I have 10 DAYS TO GO... wow. How time flies. Seriously.Thankfully my to-do list gets shorter and shorter each day. Here's what I'm still working on: - Finishing up final meetings with vendors - Just have a couple vendors left to pay - Finalize a 'clean-up/things to take home' checklist for the night of - Finish seating chart - Write names on placecards - Pick-up candy order next week - Get manicure/pedicure next week - Continue tanning - Prepare toast/speech for Rehearsal Dinner - Keep practicing first dance - Wrap GM gifts once they arrive (soon, hopefully!)There are a few other little things, but I think that's it.
  • edited December 2011
    I'm at 18 days.  OMG.I have to:-get in our straggler RSVPs (seriously annoyed that people have yet to RSVP)-make a seating chart and get everything finalized by tomorrow at 5 when we're meeting with our reception coordinator (eep)-send our final numbers to approx. a million people-pay everyone-figure out our wedding day timeline & transportation-final fitting-buy parents' gifts, finish bridesmaid gifts, buy Ryan's gift-and...take part of the bar exam next Friday :( :( :(
  • edited December 2011
    We are just over 10 months out so we have quite a bit to do! We have most of the major vendors booked minus the officiant, cake and florist. We still have to finalize our colors and finish selecting our bridal party along with all of the little details.
  • edited December 2011
    Els - I hear you about the RSVPs. Our RSVP deadline was 2 weeks ago and I still have a couple people that won't get back to me about whether they're coming. Why is it so hard to fill out a postcard and put it in the mail!? Not sure what I'll do if they don't RSVP soon. I hate to count them in and end-up paying for them if they're not planning to come.
  • edited December 2011
    38 days and a 1.5 page list of things to do. Luckily I have help and its all under control...as far as I know. :)
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  • edited December 2011
    Deru - yeah, I am past the point of annoyance right now.  We have to have final numbers two weeks out, which is earlier than some, but still, our RSVP date was almost two weeks ago as well so it is just baffling to me that people are still waiting.  Today I've been emailing people and saying, "We are turning in final numbers tomorrow and I'm marking you as not coming.  If this is wrong let me know ASAP."  I mean, there's only so much you can do, right? Don't even get me started on how my FMIL doesn't want to call people on her part of our guest list.  Perhaps we shouldn't have invited them, then...?
  • edited December 2011
    What's best is when your dad says, "Oh, I forgot to invite my boss, let me ask him if he and his wife can come."  Ummm, that's something you should have mentioned 6 months ago when we were finalizing the guest list and addresses, not with 2 weeks to go!  True story.
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  • edited December 2011
    LS - I would completely tweak if someone did that to me now.  My standard response these days is "if you want it, you find it and you pay for it, because I'm not dealing with it!"
  • LMK613LMK613 member
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    edited December 2011
    ugh...this post did stress me a bit...but it's good to write everything down again so i dont forget something.... wedding is in 80 days!!!! TO DO: -finalize day-of transportation -print/make programs, table number & escort cards -finish addressing invites & mail -hair trial -decide on gifts for parents & groom -order garter -finalize honeymoon plans -meet with bakery regarding cupcake designs -food testing at reception venue <--- DOING THIS TOMORROW! YUM :) -2nd & 3rd fittings of dress -meet with music director at church to pick music -create "Play" & "Do-not-play" lists -order favors -order supplies for OOT bags -find FG jewelry -create day-of timeline -probably a million other things that i can't remember right now and in the middle of all of this i will disappear for about 2 weeks into the State Fair...my family owns a booth out there that I am managing, oh the joys of working in the family business...come visit me :)
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  • edited December 2011
    17 Days and counting! Its good to see everyones To Do list, it helps me remember the little things! 1 - finalize/select music for ceremony - I can't decide what I want to walk down to...2 - pay vendors3 - confirm dj and timing with dj company4 - finish maps from hotels to wedding5- buy liquor for grooms dinner and wedding6 - final dress fitting7 - find earrings for MOH 8 - pick up wedding party gifts, wrap9 - clean house since FMIL, BM and 2 flower girls are staying at our house one night10 - figure out what flower girls will carry11 - decide if I should come in on the boat down the dock or if I want to walk down the isle.12 - powerwash "planks" for ceremony bench seating13 - finalize seating arrangement14 - figure out how guest will do the "make a wish" portion of the Make a wish/Take a wish jars15 - get new makeup16 - get hair cut and waxed17 - get mani/pedi18 - find an oak tree sappling, planter, watering can for tree planting ceremony19 - send final script to officiant20 - cut grass, powerwash dock, & clean the cabin21 - stop at Papa Johns to order late night snacks22 - figure out who can make an Ohio State Buckeye cake for grooms dinnerThe list is getting longer by the minute - having a small outdoor wedding at a private residence is lots of work, but I know it will be worth it in the end!
  • edited December 2011
    And here I am, wanting to complain about 45% of our guestlist not RSVPing yet, and the deadline is next week. I'll start venting after August 19th, two weeks after the deadline.


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  • edited December 2011
    Smo - Just wait until two weeks after the RSVP deadline when people suddenly decide they want to now bring a guest. That's been my other issue - having additional RSVP's (after they initially sent the card back) after the deadline. Gaaah!
  • edited December 2011
    I have less then 10 months to go.  Lots to do but the main things I should do is:Address and send out STDsPick and find FloristPick and find PhotgraherFinsh buying center pieces partsBook Hooneymoon (doing that today hopefully)Print ivites and address them when the time comesHave BMS order dressesFigure out timeline for ceremony Figure our vowsFind headpiece/vail or DIY itAsk flower girl and ring bearer (in october)Pick/find garter, unity candle, ring bearer pillowFind shoesCake maybe (we might do a dersert buffee from our venue depending if me meet the food minGifs for BMS GMS Parents ectI am sure there is more but I think I have gotten alot done already.
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  • edited December 2011
    Deru - we've been dealing with that now... I'm sure it is only more annoying when people want to bring a guest and RSVP late... grrrrr...


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  • edited December 2011
    17 days (almost to the minute!) - Final Payments -Final Fitting -wrap wedding party gifts and find GM gifts -assemble kids kits for kids table -assemble bathroom baskets -assemble decorating to do list for helpers -Paper products-should be here next week -candy buffet-have jars, scoops, bags, signs just need the candy -Hair color -waxing -mani/pedi -pick up linens -pick up buckeyes and tie ribbon on them -pick up dress and tuxes -pick up keyboard -figure out breakfast and lunch for wedding party on the day of... I could go on for days, I really thought I was almost done, oops!
  • supersalwasupersalwa member
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    edited December 2011
    Oh, I like this post! Lists make me feel better...even if they are endless!I think we're 24 days out. In no particular order...* hem table runners* WP gifts (men + parents - got my girls' done yesterday! muwhahaha!)* pick readings* put readings in program so it no longer reads "goober" in place of readings' titles* buy paper, print & assemble programs* finalize ceremony music* finish must-play/don't-play-on-penalty-of-harsh-glares lists for DJ* meet with photographer, which should help finalize the day-of timeline, which everyone keeps asking me about.* hair & makeup trials + last 2 fittings. whee!* buy photo frame for guest signing* don't forget pens* buy holders for table numbers (frames? clippy deals? not sure.)* finish and print table numbers (this hardly counts; they're mostly done)* acquire sand ceremony supplies* finish making card box, resist throwing it away because I'm sure it LOOKS FINE* find & decorate photoshare card holder* finish welcome sign and send to MOH, who's generously offered to deal with printing it* determine reception seating and make escort cards...there's more. You know there's more, I know there's more, but right now, that's what's on our list. Whew!
  • edited December 2011
    Is this just our list or does it include the list we gave our fiance four months ago that he has yet to do!!  I gave him a firm talking to two nights ago and it is funny how, the slideshow, dj song list, his last hair cut, etc all came together in about 24 hours!  Nevermind the constant reminders for months!!  Uggh!My list is relatively small, I think!1. prepare boxes and designate where they go.  (ceremony decorations, place cards, centerpieces, etc)2.  FI mom finish seating assignment 3.  Make table numbers4.  Print inside of program and tie to outside5.  Print menus6.  Confirm with videographer7.  Tie pew bows.8.  Wrap groomsmen gifts and fiances gift9.  write speech10.  Order breakfast and lunch on day of weddingI think that may be it!!  So fun!!
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