When you think about it, like really think about it, 3 months isn’t that long of an amount of time. It’s really not. That’s only, on average, 92 days. Which is less than 100. Which isn’t much more than 70. Which is only 10 weeks. Which, really is only a smidge more than like, 6 weeks. And THAT is only a little over a month. Which, as we all know – can fly by like *snaps* that.
So, really…3 months isn’t that long of an amount of time.
…oh, our wedding is now a little more than 3 months away.
I’m just gonna say the thing most people dare not to say. Planning your own wedding sucks. It’s stressful, and exhausting. The amount of research and planning and phone calls and lists you make. Oh goodness gracious, the lists. They’re never ending and constantly ongoing. The lists…they’ll be the death of me, I tell ya.
After Mike and I got engaged we enjoyed maybe a week or so of engaged bliss, and then I jumped right into wedding planning mode. I dived in like a careless kid jumping into a pool on a hot summer day. I jumped in head first, not thinking about the consequences.
And, well…*boom* – belly flop.
At first, wedding planning was so much fun! I bought every wedding magazine I laid my eyes on. I was folding the corner of any page that gave me inspiration. I was tearing out pictures of dresses I simply adored. I was making notes of colour schemes and menu ideas. I was filling up my The Knot Wedding Planner that I picked up from Indigo a few days after getting engaged. I was starting list after list. Both digital and handwritten. Papers were left everywhere! Work, my purse, my desk, my bedside table…the kitchen counter. Literally, everywhere.
Yup. Google Sheets has become my new best friend. LOL I’ve created one master document with oh so many tabs, to keep everything organized. Tabs galore, my friends! But what’s awesome is that I can access it on my phone when I’m on the go, and I can ask Google to add to it while I’m doing the dishes. Multitasking is one of my most favourite things to do, afterall. LOL
As someone who’s a very detail-oriented person – I was in heaven! That was, until I wasn’t anymore.
We knocked two of the “big items” off of the list pretty quickly – our venue and my dress. I thought it was going to be clear sailing all the way to the “I do’s.”
It all kinda hit the fan after that. Finding bridesmaid dresses proved to be a bit more difficult and a lot less fun than I had thought it would be. Mike and I couldn’t decide between a band or a DJ for the reception. The catering quotes we were receiving were astronomical in comparison to what we had anticipated. Finding an officiant to make it official (and one who could make us laugh) wasn’t an easy feat. The list (one of many) of things we needed to get done suddenly became daunting and too overwhelming. I was stressed to the max.
I was so stressed that my health was taking a toll. I have been unwell more often than not in 2019 and dudes, it’s sucked. It’s sucked so much.
After crying to my bridesmaids, my friends, my family, (anyone who would listen, really), and Mike more than I care to admit – I decided it was time to take a little break. I had to remind myself that this was supposed to be a happy time! I was supposed to be enjoying this whole process!
After many a tear were shed, I did what I always do. Get back up, dust myself off and get right back to it. But this time, I changed the way I was (mentally) approaching it. I went in excited and optimistic. I jumped back into planning mode with the mindset that whatever will be, will be and it’ll all be fabulous in the end. Because the most important thing in ALL OF THIS is that I get to marry my best friend, the love of my life – and we get to share that special day with all of the people we love most in this crazy world.
And how awesome is that?!
So I picked up where I had left off and started researching and planning again. This time, I was going at it the smart way though. Our house is full of smart devices and we get our internet through Rogers – and these technology helpers are helping to make this whole wedding planning process a lot easier and enjoyable.
I remember standing in our kitchen washing some dishes. I had an old song stuck in my head and couldn’t get it out. As I was humming and scrubbing a pot, I thought to myself, “Man, this song HAS to be played at the wedding!” Instead of grabbing the notepad on the counter, I simply said, “Hey Google, add Livin on a Prayer by Bon Jovi to our wedding playlist.” She responded right away, Good job, Google!
My new Sunday morning ritual is abour relaxing with our Rogers Ignite TV voice remote and asking it to put on Say Yes To The Dress (because I can never remember what channel it is on) and curl up on the couch. These little hacks are making it simpler to plan, so with the show playing in the background, I whip out my Google Pixel 3 and my Google Chromebook and get to work. Pinterest open on one, my master wedding sheet open on the other…all while admiring the beautiful dresses being shown on SYTTD but still thinking to myself, “…mine is prettier.”
With some of the wedding planning tasks being a simple, “Hey Google…” away – I’m hoping this whole wedding planning process will be a bit more enjoyable. I’ll keep you posted on the ongoing planning saga. In the meantime, I will of course share the little hacks that are keeping me going – thanks Rogers and Google!
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