I am by no means an expert at wedding planning in this stage of the game. In fact, I am sure there are lots of lessons still to be learned and there will be plenty of hindsight when all is said and done. What I can do is provide you with some insight that I have gained over the last couple of weeks about planning, delegating and utilizing reliable resources.
A couple of weeks ago I started a new job. With the new job comes 12 hour days and long work weeks. I’m not complaining about the job, in fact I love it, but it has definitely made me use my time more wisely. With less than three months to go, the front seat of an ambulance has become my work space and yesterday, while donating platelets I typed out some emails with one arm.
Due to the long days, I set alarms to remind myself to make phone calls during business hours, or else I find myself playing phone tag with vendors for days on end. Suddenly, all those offers of help are a god-send and releasing control of little details has become a lot easier.
Perhaps, as I write this blog in between calls and paperwork, the new job schedule comes as a blessing in disguise. Relinquishing control of certain aspects of the planning has also released some stress I didn’t even realize I was carrying around. Knowing that my mom is contacting our favorite bakery for a bread order means I don’t have to worry about it, my dad making wine decisions means I don’t have to, and one of my bridesmaids shoe shopping for the wedding party while on a business flight to Minneapolis reduces my decision list by one. Delegating that responsibility allows me to focus on the details that are high on my list, and still have fun with the planning process.