I used to be the girl who would scowl secretly when Iâ€™d see a bridezilla planning out every single detail down to the napkin color. Â “Really,” I thought, “does it matter?”Â Little did Iâ€™d know that I would be on the verge of becoming one myself.
Within the last two months since I’ve gotten engaged, Iâ€™ve booked the venue, set the date, chosen the church, and am almost there on picking the dress.Â Immediately my next instinct is to book the photographer and band/D.J. next, followed by choosing the bridal party and color scheme, all within the next month?Â Â Did I mention I still have more than a year until I get married (June 12, 2010)?
Truthfully, I was one of the girls that always dreamt of my wedding day, but in hindsight most of those visions were just of me in an indescript white dress with a gorgeous mystery man at the alter smiling at me.Â I actually was surprised at myself when I realized days after the proposal that I had little to no idea of what I wanted for the wedding.Â And so it began, the RESEARCH.
I dove into wedding planning with such intensity that it would put Edward and Bellaâ€™s Twilight love to shame.Â Within weeks I had formulated complicated spreadsheets each wedding category and had a binder the size of a cooler at my side at all times.Â With a vengeance, I put a thousand miles on my odometer scouring the city for venues, then churches and driving to small bridal boutiques on the perimeter of farmland searching for The Dress.
I flew to NYC from Chicago last week to spend a week with my fiancÃ©, since we are currently dating long distance, ready to try on a gazillion more gowns at all the hot designers.Â However,I had so much fun doing normal things that I forgot I was planning a wedding until today.Â Our days were consumed with strolling the parks, brunching with friends, dancing in clubs…in other words, I kind of got a life.Â And now that I am back to the daily grind, the last thing I want to do is more wedding research.Â I feel burnt out.Â Donâ€™t get me wrong, I love every single part of my engagement and planning out each detail of the wedding, but I realized I overdosed on wedding planning when I bought an Economist instead of a bridal magazine at the airport gift store.Â I need to space out my planning a little better and given I have more than a year until we get hitched, Iâ€™d say I have time.
So I made a vow to prolong my wedding research break until after Easter, kind of a late Lental sacrifice.Â This is not to say I’m not thinking about it, contrary, I have a million ideas I can’t wait to follow through on, but I realized this week that I better space it out a little better, one thing at a time.
Anyone out there similarly exhausted?Â What are your methods for better planning?