October 13, 2003

Chairman of the Bored

L was home in Chicago - with some trips to Milwaukee - for a weekend of planning. Although I like her family, I was spared any involvement in all things wedding this weekend. While L pored over photographer's portfolios and met with dress makers, I stayed home, watched baseball, went for Mexican food with friends and saw a movie.

It's not that I've shied away from being involved in the planning. It's simply that a lot has been taken care of so far with little hassle. With the exception of the registry, most of my wedding duties have been shared with L or even handed over to her - or her parents - completely.

As "The Guy," my role is akin to a member of the board of directors of a corporation. In August, I made an offer to a qualified executive who accepted with little negotiation. Now I sit back and let her make business decisions. Occasionally the board meets to discuss the company's progress and go over budgets, but for the most part the board allows our CEO to provide direction for the company.

Our first shareholder's meeting is scheduled for this weekend. My parents are visiting and I'm sure my mom will want to help out with the registry since she's good at that sort of thing. She and I have to talk about the upcoming engagement party and a plan for the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding. Additionally, L and I have to look at save-the-date announcements and invitations with the printer.

I do have some solo responsibilities. I'm in charge of transportation issues - getting airline discounts for our guests, for example - and keeping a list of presents as they come in and thank you notes as they go out. So, in addition to my duties as a board member, I'm also the Vice President in Charge of Logistical Operations and the Senior Information Systems Officer.

I have confidence in the ability of our CEO, but Fourth Quarter 2004 will be our busiest yet.

Posted by The Groom at October 13, 2003 12:34 PM

Thanks for taking the transportation off of my plate. I appreciate it a lot. You guys are doing great.

Posted by: Paula at October 15, 2003 11:09 AM

And in all of those magazines that give you budget planner inserts, they never tell you to budget $500 for magazines!!

Posted by: Amy at October 17, 2003 12:17 PM