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There’s No Minute Like the Last Minute

August 17, 2010


We’ve had a very long engagement – by the time we get married, we will have been engaged for 19 months. I’ve mentioned this before, but if I could do it over again, I would opt for a shorter engagement. The problem with such a long engagement is that at some point, it seems way too early to do certain things (like make escort cards, programs and menus). Then, in the blink of an eye, time catches up with you and you find yourself less than 3 weeks away from the wedding with a massive to-do list staring back at you.

Yes, we’re 19 days away from the big day – can you believe it? (You probably can. You’re probably thinking, you’ve been around forever, Jellyfish. I don’t blame you – it’s true.)

19 days to go and I am kicking myself for not having checked more things off the massive to-do list earlier. Here is a glimpse into what I must do over the next couple weeks:

  • finish writing vows (this is so much harder than it seems!)
  • go to second fitting
  • begin exercise routine (ha!)
  • finalize rehearsal dinner menu
  • purchase and assemble favors
  • find bags for the candy buffet
  • make Do Not Play and Must Play lists
  • figure out ceremony music
  • finalize seating chart
  • make programs
  • making escort cards and place cards
  • make menus
  • make table numbers
  • get card box/receptacle
  • figure out transportation
  • …and the list goes on. And on. And on.

I’m not entirely surprised that I’ve put off so much until the last minute. It’s kind of my modus operandi, and it’s worked well enough for the past 27 years. I like to think of it as “working well under pressure.” I just hope I can get everything done and maintain a sense of calmness leading up to the big day. We’ll just have to see.

Anyone else foolishly leave lots of things off until the last minute? How are you coping?

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