Sunday, December 6, 2009

The need to review the wedding details

So at dinner with a bridesmaid a while back she asked if I would have a shorter engagment if I had to do it over again.  I told her maybe by a couple months but definitely not anything less than a year (our engagement will be 16 months total).  I have so many little things that I have been researching and creating and coming up with, I just can't imagine rushing to handle all of these little but personal and big impact items and surprises.  Either I wouldn't be able to do half the things we've been planning or I would be a manic stress case and not enjoy the planning process or the big day.

As organized and anal as I am, I love taking the time to think things through and then make a well thought out decision.  Now don't get me wrong, I work well under pressure for sure...but this is my once in a lifetime opportunity to plan the most amazing event of me and future hubby's lives!

About a month or two ago, I had taken on the task of reviewing the catering and rental item contracts.  I want to be sure to hand my caterer and coordinator a very detailed, easily read plan of attack that shows them where everything should go and how it should be set up so there is no confusion.  And it's a good thing I went over everything because I found that we had not ordered a guest book table or the 2 chivari chairs we will need for the bride and groom at the sweetheart table!  On top of that, I realized that the round table I reserved for our memorial table was too big and too tall and so I decided to switch it out for a smaller one and move it's location.

The cool thing about my rental company is they are the required company for our venue and so they are super familiar with it and provide these black and white floor plans of how you want everything set up for when they arrive.  I took that little image and used some computer programs to add in some color and text to show where all of our linens and such should be placed.  Here is a little image of what I came up with (though it is obviously not finalized):

If you click here you can see the large version with all the details :)

So what about you, ladies?  Are there any items you're glad you revisited or took a second look at?  Or are there any concerns you have about what might get missed or overlooked come wedding day?


Stacy Marie said...

When we get married, we'll have been engaged for 15 months. Wouldn't have it any other way, definitely a sanity preserver!

Bicoastal Bride said...

Our engagement will be 14 months total, and I think it’s the perfect amount of time for us. I’m also very organized and detailed in my planning, so I couldn’t imagine rushing, either. Just this weekend, I spent a lot of time reviewing and revising some of our ceremony music selections after feeling unsure about a few of them. I find myself rethinking things or coming up with new ideas often, so I’m glad I’ve had a long enough engagement to allow me to do it.

Brittany said...

I will be engaged for nine months and I definatley feel a little rushed. Once I got my dress I felt ready though. I guess it made me feel like nothing else mattered. Ahh... Can't wait

Gracie said...

I've only got a 9 month engagement so there is a lot of rushing about. I don't think I would want it too much longer though because I know that I will leave things to the last minute because I think I have more time.

I think you are doing great with all your planning!

Miss T said...

I love that they are so detailed with their drawing for you. My venue is so wishy washy. Makes me crazy. I love to have things planned out.

We've been engaged for 19 months, it has been plenty long enough! Although we did originally plan to get married in July.

Your set up looks perfect!

Em said...

We'll have a 22 (!) month engagement when all is said and done, and I agree that anything under a year just wouldn't be enough time. I've seen weddings planned in 6 months, but I just couldn't do it.

Personally, I loooove going over details. It helps to actually *say* things out loud instead of just thinking them in your head. It's hard to describe but I'm sure you know what I'm talking about.

New Mexican Bride said...

Nice chart! I need one like that! I agree though, I wouldn't want to rush all the cool fun details that go into planning a wedding!!

Recession Bride said...

We will have had a two year (2 yrs and 9 days, to be exact!) engagement by the time we get married.

At first I hated the idea of a long engagement, but I realized that one year wouldn't have been enough. In the end, I'm happy I gave myself plenty of time, because I could think about details without being stressed. Plus we wouldn't have been able to save enough money if we had had it in a short amount of time!

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