"By seeing our wedding as a privilege to plan and not a potential disaster to be avoided we'll probably save ourselves a lot of aggravation, time and money..."
Right on to that. My lovely bride Rose's mantra throughout the entire wedding planning process was "It's just a big party." It helped keep things in perspective.
Love your blog! My co-worker (the Other L) introduced me to your site. My husband and I just had our wedding in October so we totally feel what you are going through... from the NY Times to the presents and Jessica Simpson's advice... all the best!
I am a HUGE excel geek. I turn everything into a spreadsheet. I had a guest list, complete with weighted probabilities for attendence... all within about 5 hours of being proposed to. The wedding spreadsheet has grown with the planning- my married girlfriends think I'm nuts.
Great blog you've got here! I found the link on www.indiebride.com. I am going to forward your link to my FH.
I also created a database for our wedding using Mac OSX filemaker pro that comes with a database format for parties. It works dandy for weddings, including check boxes for "invites sent," "will attend," "maybe attend," etc. There is even a pre-made attendee list layout that shows yes, nos and maybes in colums with totals and a place to write in the date you sent your thank you card.
I just proposed to my girlfriend and it's extremely overwhelming trying to get all the thoughts organized for the wedding. If you have a blank template of your excel worksheet, do you think you could send it to me?
Good point about the wedding software. I think it's all reminiscent of Microsoft Project or Visio, with a Gantt chart and reminders when certain tasks need to be accomplished and who needs to do them. Do we want our wedding to be simply a project to work on?