The wedding countdown is on. As I'm getting into the nitty and the gritty of wedding planning, the big details have been taken care of and I'm getting down into finalizing details and making last minute purchases. Crafting is coming along (more posts on that later 🙂 )
For me, many of the last minute purchases include items that are easy to overlook when crafting a budget. I recently wrote 50+ thank you notes for shower gifts, which took a chunk out of my stationery/postage budget. I met with our caterer, and she reminded me about tipping our servers. And, I'm going to get my dress altered soon, so I now there will be another line item on the budget spreadsheet.
But, do you want to know the biggest item I've forgotten to budget for? My time.
The wedding season brings SO many wonderful activities like wedding showers, visits from special friends, time with family, etc… I've learned, however, that those special times (which I wouldn't trade for the world) can add stress if not well planned. Throw in wedding planning and daily life, along with activities likes filing taxes, and I find myself moving from activity to activity without much time to savor the beauty of the months leading up to my wedding.
So, just like I did when I sat down to reassess my budget, I'm currently in the midst of reassessing my time. First, I've looked at what is set in stone in my schedule. For instance, now until the end of March is hectic at work with a handful of evening events. However, after that, my schedule opens up quite a bit. I'm also thinking about my priorities: Visiting Mr. M, time with family and friends, taking care of myself and finalizing wedding details.
What does this look like in real life? I'm talking with close family then friends first to make sure they're getting first priority on my schedule. I ordered a two new fitness DVDs so I can easily exercise when I have free time. And, my mom and I have set aside Wednesdays as wedding craft night. My weekends are mostly spent with Mr. M, and that includes taking care of a wedding details and premarital counseling. I'm making careful notes on my calendar in my phone to keep track of where I'm supposed to be and when to keep my mind at ease.
John F. Kennedy said that we must use time as a tool, not as a couch. I couldn't agree more! I'm looking forward to using this precious tool more intentionally in the last few months of wedding planning.
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