Friday, June 19, 2009

To Do (or, Things that the InStyle Weddings Planner Tells me I Should Have Done by Now)

Soon after I got engaged, I picked up InStyle Weddings, which included a handy-dandy pullout Wedding Planner checklist. I haven't looked at it in months, but pulled it out the other day. Um...

We just passed the two-months-to-go mark and there are many, many things on the to-do list (yes, we actually do have one) that have yet to be done. Prepare to be amazed and horrified. (Fellow brides-to-be with their s**t together, seriously, you may want to avert your eyes.)

10 Things That We Haven't Done Yet That the InStyle Weddings Planner Tells me I Should Have Done by Now:
  1. Mail the invitations
    OK, we're a few days away from this still. I miscalculated the timing and so while we have the invites now (yay!), they are still being addressed.
  2. Hair and makeup trial
    Don't really have an excuse for why this isn't done yet.
  3. Get dress altered
    My two dresses (still haven't figured out which one I'm going with yet) have sat, unaltered, on a chair in our dining room for the last few months. I have plans this weekend to take one in to a tailor this weekend, so there's progress on this in that I thought about it.
  4. Buy shoes and accessories
    I keep going back and forth between buying ridiculously expensive beautiful shoes that I will most likely remove two hours into the night, or just getting pretty practical ones.
  5. Book hair and makeup appointments
    Don't have an excuse for why this isn't done yet either, except that I don't know what I want to be doing or where I want to be on Wedding Morning (will I want to sleep in? get up early and work out? will I be at the condo or the hotel?).
  6. Schedule a rehearsal
    We're doing a non-denominational ceremony, that we expect to last 20 minutes or less. I'm sure we'll rehearse, but at this point scheduling something might be a bit premature.
  7. Choose menus
    We've still haven't decided between a sit-down dinner or buffet. But we have scheduled a tasting, so I think we're halfway to this one.
  8. Reserve honeymoon flights
    Kind of hard to reserve flights when you don't know where you're going.
  9. Finalize all decor for your ceremony and reception
    Yeah, ok. Need to do this.
  10. Order and size wedding bands
    We have plans to take care of this next weekend while we're in St. Louis for a wedding, so we can avoid the ridiculous Chicago sales tax.
So there you have it. Clearly most of these things aren't done because of indecisiveness...and maybe some laziness. I promise to come back to this post-wedding and either lament or applaud my own tardiness.


  1. i left lots of things to the last minute! :o)

  2. Wow - I can't believe how similar our still-to-do-lists are and I only have one more week than you do.

    I rambled on and on about my hair and makeup trial, but never really said what my decision was! I really liked Mia ( and think she did a quality job on both my hair and makeup. I just have weird issues with my eyes and would definitely have her do lashes next time (and hope they look good) and think I would rather have more of my natural wave in my hair stand out instead of her straightening it.

    My 2nd trial was with Dana Bersie ( and I thought she was great and fun and good -- until I didn't like my face. Then, it got weird.

    I honestly haven't ruled out using her because I have about 4 or 5 girls that would like to get hair and makeup done and since my wedding is at NOON, I really should get two people or else I'm going to have to be up at 5AM to let them in my hotel room!

    Good luck! I'd love to hear what you decide and/or if you have a trial with someone else that knocks your socks off!