Meet Mrs. Bretting

II’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack! I know you have all been waiting with bated breath for my return and the conclusion of A Very PMP Wedding. Of course I had every intention to write a blog post the week Justin and I returned from our honeymoon but eight weeks later I finally have the time. Apparently I fooled myself into thinking that after the wedding was over, I wouldn’t be busy anymore. Not the case.

Alright, stick with me, this is going to be a long one.


Our Brains are a Funny Thing

First things first. I have great news for all you brides-to-be! No matter how much stress you are feeling, no matter how much you just want to throw in the towel, no matter how much looking at lace makes you feel like puking, you will forget it all once the week of your wedding rolls around. Yes, you won’t even remember how you wanted to… (I’m actually having a hard time remembering all the things that I hated about planning a wedding)…(I’m sitting here racking my brain)…(nope, nothing is coming to me)…Just fill in the blank_________. Point illustrated. Let’s just put it this way, it will all be worth it in the end. The wonderful experience of your wedding will fill your brain with good memories and purge the bad ones. So the best advice I can give you is to just hang in there.


Now the Bad News

Bride Brain doesn’t go away the minute you leave for your honeymoon or even a couple months after the wedding. Who knows why exactly, but you are still going to be thinking about your wedding a lot, wishing you could experience it again, and just simply trying to flush out all the miscellaneous details you still have in there. I’m hoping that my bride brain will go away soon.


Project Management: Not a Silver Bullet

I hate to break the news to you, but planning a wedding with project management isn’t going to magically make your wedding perfect. It will definitely get you 80% there but you still have to use your own sense for little details that you can’t predict.

There were a handful of things that went wrong the day of the wedding but there is one thing that will always stick out in my mind. If had just slowed down and used my brain for a moment it could have been avoided.

In the rush to get the programs to the printer a couple weeks before the wedding, I forgot to specifically thank my Mom, Raquel for spending an entire year making my veil, headband, fascinator, sash, and countless other items that brought my wedding day together in a way that I could never have possibly even imagined. She did an amazing job and I am so lucky to have her as a Mom. So Mom, if you are reading this: I Love you and I appreciate all the hard work you put into my wedding, much more than I can ever express.

I guess my point is that no matter how much you plan in advance don’t forget to take yourself out of auto-pilot and make sure you acknowledge the people you love and who have supported you throughout your life.


And Without Further Ado

Justin and I had the time of our lives at our wedding. The things that went wrong didn’t matter at all and the small moments are the ones that will stick with us for a lifetime. Even Justin said that all the obsessing I did over the smallest details were worth it when it all came together.

Here are some of the highlights!

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Hey, don’t worry. Even though the wedding is over, I still have some blog posts in me. More recaps, more advice, more about planning a wedding with project management, and some updates on previous posts. You aren’t getting rid of me just yet.

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