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A Very PMP Wedding

An Anal Retentive Bride-to-Be

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WWithin the first month of starting my job at Systemation, five years ago, we went on a company retreat. My sister, Ariel came along as my plus one as I was a single lady back then. Ariel and I had just moved in to an apartment together and were experiencing some growing pains since I am the neat and tidy sibling and she isn’t. Anyway, to make a long story short, Ariel called me anal* in front of my entire office. Needless to say I was quite embarrassed.  I doubt though that any of my co-workers even remember the comment. Even though I probably don’t officially meet Freud’s requirements of an anal retentive individual Ariel was not incorrect in the fact that I obsessively pay attention to detail. It’s a personality trait that reared its ugly head last...

Need Something Blue?

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TThe 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

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SSince 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...

3, 2, 1 – Initiation

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II think it might be time to get one of those tacky digital wedding countdown clocks. I bet Justin will love to have a daily reminder of the days, hours, minutes, and seconds we have left before our big day. Even though I have done a little planning already, now that the wedding is just 12 months away, I feel like I can officially start now. And what better way is there to mark this joyous occasion than to constantly know how much time I have left? Before I could begin to start even thinking about planning my wedding (above and beyond daydreaming what it would be like) Justin and I had to get engaged. That could probably go without saying but since I am using project management to plan my wedding I have to follow the phases. And the first one is Initiation or as I...

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