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A Very PMP Wedding

My Most Boring Post Yet (It’s About Change)


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WWow, if that title up there didn’t want to make you read this blog post, I don’t know what will. Anyway, here we go…change can be endless when you are planning a wedding. Justin and I think of new people we would like to invite almost every day. Sometimes we think of something we forgot to add to our registry. I can’t make my mind up about shoes and have purchased three pairs now. Other times the change is bigger like when we realized I made a rather large mistake with the budget (more on that later). Justin bought a suit but thinks he might want something different. I almost changed my mind about my wedding dress, I even tried a different dress on few weeks ago. Justin and I aren’t even indecisive people, these kinds of things just...

Goldilocks and the Three Pairs of Shoes


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SShoes. Who would think they would be the hardest thing to pick out? I found my dress the second day I went out looking but I have been searching for the perfect pair of shoes for six months now. I ‘m like Goldilocks and the Three Pairs of Shoes. The first pair was too high but pretty, the second pair was comfortable but not so pretty,  hopefully the third pair will be just right (when I find it). My initial instinct was to wear flats or a very very small heel. I was being practical at that point. Then I started seeing photos of brides in really beautiful high heels and let the fashion side of my brain take over (which of course is also the more expensive side of my brain). So, I ordered the most beautiful pair of heels, see… They were gorgeous but...

Communicate, Communicate, Communicate Version Two


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AApparently I didn’t follow my own advice in my Communicate, Communicate, Communicate blog post. I asked Justin to take care of researching ordaining since we want my Uncle Michael to lead the ceremony.  I have been getting a daily email now for the past two weeks reminding me that this task is overdue and it’s starting to get annoying. Anyway, he looked into it this past weekend while My Mom and I were working on my veil at her house. When I got home I asked him what he found out. I got a very simple one sentence answer, “friends and family can’t marry us without being ordained but we can marry ourselves.” Not exactly the scope of information I was looking for. I could easily blame the lack of research on Justin but in the end it was my fault. I...

What Goes to Vegas Stays in Vegas


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PPicture a poor, lonely network wedding diagram sitting on a bedside table in Vegas… I naively thought that I would have time to work on applying the schedule to my network diagram while I was in Vegas this past weekend. So I spent a bunch of time printing it out, cutting it down, and taping it together last week so I would have a portable version I could write on. Justin and I both decided that the plane to Vegas was no place to be thinking about our wedding. Once we got to our hotel room I took it out of my purse, put it on the bedside table, and promptly forgot about it. Big surprise! Now that I am back in the real world I have had an opportunity to print out my network diagram again and apply the schedule. It didn’t take me long to realize that this is...

I Bet Barbie® Never Made a Network Diagram


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Midge and Allan Wedding Thumbnail


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HHere’s a little tidbit of information for you: Barbie® and Ken® were never married. This is according to a website called manbehindthedoll.com. I swear they had kids together. Perhaps out of wedlock? What a scandal! But my early childhood memory could be playing tricks on me. Apparently Barbie’s friend, Midge® and her Husband, Allan® are the only married characters in the Barbie® doll line. I did a little quick research and found on Wikipedia that in 2004 Barbie® and Ken® decided to call it quits and then in 2005 rekindled their flame after Ken® got a makeover. That’s what you would call a modern day relationship. Anyhoooo, I digress. Needless to say since Barbie® never got married, she never had to do what I just did. It took me quite a number of...

Turkey Trotting and Estimating


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AApparently I am going to run the Turkey Trot this year on Thanksgiving Day. It’s a 5k run, nothing to write home about but I’m scared. Why? Because I am not a runner. I can hardly run around the block without wanting to die. So, to prepare for this torturous event I am going to start training tonight. Yep, that’s over two months in advance. Apparently I also have to estimate each activity I identified in my wedding work breakdown structure a few weeks ago in order to know how much effort I am going to need to put into planning my wedding. That’s 116 activities. That’s a lot of estimating. Estimating how long it is going to take me to train for the Turkey Trot is a lot like estimating the effort of planning my wedding. I have no idea how long it’s going...

BYOL


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BBYOL…any guesses? BRING YOUR OWN LINENS. Why? Because apparently to rent napkins and table cloths that have been used hundreds of times before you have to shell out a pretty penny. Yeah, we don’t have to worry about washing, drying, and transporting them but I just can’t wrap my head around the fact that we will be paying over $700 for renting old rags. This is the first (and probably not the last) time that I have been flabbergasted by how much a line item for a wedding costs. It may be an over-exaggeration to say the linens will look like old rags but that price tag is for polyester, not even for a natural fiber. Since when did polyester become a designer fabric? I thought it was an ugly material worn to Discos in the 1970s. Maybe we should just have a...

Drum Roll Please


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AAnd the moment you have all been waiting for….     My completed wedding work breakdown structure! You will have to zoom in a bit to read it. ENJOY.      

Sticky Notes and Textured Walls Don’t Mix


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Laurel Sad about Work Breakdown Structure


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II thought I was being really cool and brilliant at the same time. I decided I would create a work breakdown structure (WBS) just like we do in our project management workshops at Systemation, with large sticky notes and a blank wall. So that is how I spent my night last Thursday.   Here’s how it went: It started out well. I found a large wall in my condo, took down the artwork, and set up a step ladder.   Then I began adding sticky notes. So far so good.   Just as I started really getting into it – whipping out the sticky notes and adding them to my masterpiece – my WBS started to fall apart…   So much for a great idea. I decided to go back to watching Mad Men.   I forgot that in our workshops we put the sticky notes on a big...

The Fabulous and Fun Wedding Breakdown Structure


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WWell, I have been made fun of by a friend (who shall remain unnamed, you know who you are) about this comment I made a couple weeks ago: “We are getting closer and closer to the fabulous and fun wedding breakdown structure.” He called it the “Nerdiest wedding sentence ever.” I can take the teasing; it means people are reading my blog – friends and family at least. Honestly, for some reason I actually have been excited to create my wedding work breakdown structure (WBS). I guess that makes me a nerd. I just can’t wait to see everything I need to do for my wedding laid out in front of me. Maybe then I will actually feel like I am planning my wedding. Or, maybe I will have a panic attack because I will realize how much I actually have to do. I am hoping...

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