I’ve been waiting for spring and summer for some time now. I hate winter, and this year it was especially brutal. But even though I feel like I’ve been praying for warmer weather at least twice a day since January, somehow the month of May snuck up on me. Yesterday I realized it was May 5th… which means not only do I get married this month, I get married 23 days from today. Holy shit!
It’s so strange to plan for something for so long, and then have it finally be within grasp. It feels like it was just yesterday that we were at Barcelona and Sam asked me to marry him. But it also feels like I’ve been wedding planning forever. But in all honesty, there’s not that much left to do:
- A few miscellaneous signs
- Final music selections
- Complete seating chart
- Run a few errands
- Make a few phone calls
So now that I’m 90 percent through the wedding planning process, here are some of the best tools I used:
#1 Take Friendly Advice
By and large, I took the advice of a few friends who got married locally and the advice of my venue’s wedding coordinator. It made my vendor selections fairly simple and I got some great word-of-mouth references, like the seamstress who altered my corset, wedding dress and two bridesmaids dresses for $200.
#2 Use Online Tools
- I used The Knot’s Checklist to help me make sure I wasn’t missing anything big, but I signed up with a dummy email I use for junk so I wasn’t inundated with nagging reminders all the time.
- Wedding Wire has an amazing virtual seating chart that you can customize to look exactly like your floor plan.
- Google Docs was great for coordinating the guest list with all sides of the family.