Laurel Sharpie Hands

I feel like Edward Scissor Hands. I have the power right now to chop things out of the wedding and this is my opportunity to document them. I have fingers made of big, red, Sharpie® Pens. I am Laurel Sharpie Hands!!! There are a lot of things that Justin and I want in our wedding and lots of things we don’t. Instead of relying on my wedding planning crew to read my mind or thinking they will derive a list themselves from my deliverables I am going to make it clear from the get go. No surprises. No disappointments. Justin and I have already had a conversation about what we don’t want (exclusions). Some of the things are budget related, others are because we don’t like the tradition, and others are just not important to us. So, what is included in my list of...

New Facebook Page

New Facebook Page

Hi Loyal Readers, Yesterday I created a Facebook page for A Very PMP Wedding. I am hoping it will be a great additional resource for those of you who are planning your weddings. You will be able to see when a new article is posted and I will also be sharing additional links and tips. Click on the link in the sidebar to like A Very PMP Wedding Facebook page. Cheers and see you on Facebook. Laurel

THE TWILIGHT ZONE: Your Wedding Planning Future

You read this blog post at your own risk because it gives you a glimpse into your future. A spooky and sometimes scary glimpse of the months leading up to your wedding. Welcome to the twilight zone. Dum, dum, dum….. I hope that gave you a good laugh because it will be the last one you have until your honeymoon. Just kidding. In all seriousness it can be a little scary to write down all the tasks you have to complete before your wedding day. It makes me nervous and uptight and I still have (let me check my wedding countdown clock) 11 months and six days. But not making this list is like pretending that Joan Rivers has had plastic surgery.  It just can’t be ignored. The wedding planning deliverables especially can’t be ignored if you are using project...

Big, Poufy, Tulle Dresses

Big, Poufy, Tulle Dresses

Imagine the poufiest wedding dress you have ever seen…I saw one so poufy the other day on TLC’s My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding that the bride had to hold her arms about three feet from her body and walk like a duck. Not my personal choice in wedding attire but to each their own, right? I feel as though using project management to plan a wedding is like a huge, poufy wedding dress with lots and lots of tulle layers. Forget that wedding cake mumbo jumbo I mentioned earlier. It’s not that simple. It’s actually more like a 100 layer tulle dress. You start out small and simple with the very underneath piece of tulle (the wedding planning blueprint) and keep adding layer upon layer upon layer with more and more details until you get to the work breakdown structure,...

Need Something Blue?

The timeless saying goes, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” Well, if you need your something blue you’re in luck.  I have just the thing for you, a wedding planning blueprint! The last thing I needed to do before completing the initiation phase of planning my wedding was fill out what I like to call a wedding planning blueprint. In project management this document is called the project charter and is a vital document in the planning process because it formally recognizes the existence of a project (wedding). I made some modifications to the traditional project charter so it would fit the specifics of a wedding and voila, I ended up with a nice little template that brings together a lot of the theoretical stuff I have been...

The Wedding Planning Crew

Since I have been engaged I occasionally hear from friends and acquaintances that their mother or mother-in-law to be ran away with the wedding planning. Sometimes the bride was more hands-off and ok with it and other times it created problems. Probably the most vivid picture I have in my head of this happening is from another great movie, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”. Poor Toula ends up with hideous bridesmaid dresses and invitations, is forced to wear a meringue looking dress, too much makeup,  and bad hair thanks to her Greek Mom, Aunts, and Cousins. There are many people involved in planning a wedding with varying personalities. No doubt it is really hard to please all of them. So far I have found this the most difficult part of planning my wedding. I have...

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