41 Days!

Holy cow! 41 days until we say “I Do!” It’s starting to feel somewhat more stressful but it comes in waves. There are days that I feel so ready for it and like I am on track and others, I feel like I have so much to do. It’s hard too because I will think of things that I need to do or new ideas right before bed and it keeps me up and I tell myself to remember it in the morning and I definitely don’t! Ha ha

The step that we are on right now is keeping track and documenting who has RSVP’d. We sent out about 220 invites (yes, 220! ~550-600 people invited) and I think that we have gotten about 60 or so back. That is another stressful part… What do you do when not everyone has RSVP’d? This is why we have been keeping track of who has RSVP’d so that in about a week or so, we can get in contact with those who haven’t and figure out if they’re planning on coming or not.

The thing that has been helpful when it comes to budgeting for how many people to assume are coming has been (not sure where they found this, but) my parents said to assume 75% of the people that you invited will attend. It’s almost impossible, when you get that large of a guest list and from all over, to assume that they will all attend. So my parents created an Xcel spread sheet to calculate numbers of who all we invited and then created a formula calculation within the spread sheet that calculated the guesstimated number of people who will be attending. Here is a link on how to do it: (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/825012) I have also decided that with this calculation that I have budgeted for more than 75% so that we are prepared in case there are more than that number coming, just to be safe. I think that it is better to over budget than to under budget!

Planning a wedding is definitely not easy and I hope that I don’t make it feel like it is, but at the same time, I feel that using your resources and time management are very helpful and make it a lot less stressful! I hope that I can help make some of you feel somewhat at ease to know that what you’re going through is normal and that you will get through it and it’ll all be perfect 🙂

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