I’m living in the world of checklists now. I’ve signed up at a wedding website called theknot.com. It’s actually very helpful except for the little calendar on the corner of the screen that says “191 days until your wedding.” It really stresses me out! I think I’m so far ahead of the game and then I see the countdown!
One of the great, yet amusing benefits of the site is the checklist they offer to brides. You plug-in your wedding date and then it gives you all the recommended items you need to complete prior to your wedding on a month by month basis. Now, I know that most of the women using the site are much younger and may need a bit more hand-holding. But seriously, do you have to be reminded to go to your wedding gown fittings? Or remind the groom to pick out his clothes for the wedding ceremony? Well, in my case that could be an issue. If The Dude could show up in jeans and a Purdue t-shirt I think he’d be just fine with that.
But it is a nice reality check for when you need to complete the bigger items. I never knew you are supposed to send the invitations out 3 months in advance. And I was planning on sending an e-mail to everyone with a hotel list before sending the actual wedding invitation. I guess that’s a no-no too. Wait until after the invitations go out. Oh, and I discovered on the checklist that it’s okay to contact folks who haven’t rsvp’d by the deadline too. Although, I figure if somebody doesn’t rsvp that just means more prime rib for me!
Oh, and we’re trying to keep cost down by only serving beer, wine and soft drinks. I was surprised when perusing the site to find that a lot of people are doing that now. It’s not such a big deal if you don’t have a full on alcohol fest. Plus the added benefit that there are no worries about that crazy third cousin who can’t hold his liquor. (FYI, we aren’t inviting any third cousins, so don’t try to figure out who that might be!) And the cool thing is, we’ll be serving a fabulous Pinot Noir with dinner that I made myself. Bottled it last week, so I’m hopeful it will be ready to drink by the wedding day. The Dude is also a brewmaster, so I’m going to try to talk him into serving up some of our most popular brews for the reception too.
So all in all things are moving along with the wedding. And I must admit it is more than satisfying checking things off that list!