There was something else I did on our trip to Nashville this past weekend that I didn't mention before. But to back up, I've pretty much been avoiding any type of formal wedding checklist. Yes, I've still be doing things for the wedding, but more things that I know I have to do instead of going through items one by one. I've actually been a little scared to look at one now, because I feel like I'm SOOO far behind on everything.
But back to the original point, I decided to bring my wedding planning book (The Knot's Complete Guide to Weddings if you're curious) on the trip. I figured without the distraction of the internet I would actually sit down and see just how far behind I was.
And the surprising realization was, I'm not nearly as far behind as I thought! I was able to check off everything on my 12-plus months list. On the 9 to 11 month list, there were only 3 items I couldn't check off. And on the 6 to 8 months list there were only 4 items (although some of them were in progress). And with over 5 months to go, there were even a few items on the 3 to 4 months list I could check off.
So what are the offending unchecked boxes? Well there's selecting & ordering bridesmaids' dresses, which is in progress. There's planning the honeymoon, which deserves a post of its own. There's ordering invitations, which really NEEDS to be the next item on my to-do list. As well as a few other items, which again I hope to be writing about soon.
Basically the moral of the story is, it's not nearly as bad as I thought. Now I probably can't go another month or two completely avoiding my to-do list. In fact, I'm thinking I should come up with a custom electronic to-do list, that's easier for me to reference and less likely to avoid. But it wound up being a nice surprise to see I'm not nearly as far behind as I though.
Are you a person that's always checking your to-do lists, or do you avoid them to not feel as overwhelmed? And assuming you're planning a wedding, have you found you're not nearly as far behind as you expected to be?
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