It also means that in the midst of finalizing our wedding plans, we've had to plan a move. Procure boxes. Find a house. Make an offer. Apply for a loan. Schedule inspections. Get homeowners insurance. Shut off utilities. Turn on utilities. Schedule a moving fan. Change our address. And, worst of all, pack!
We've postponed the packing as much as possible, so we can live a quasi-normal life in our current house. But now it's time to break-down our house and pack it into discrete units. Matt and I discussed our plan on the way home from hiking yesterday. We think it makes the most sense to pack all of our stuff for the wedding and then pack up the rest of our house.
We've got a master wedding project plan in Excel. One of the tabs is "To Bring." For the past six months, I've been adding things to the list as they occur to me. Also, because we're catering the reception with the help of friends and the innkeepers at the B&B site, we have to bring a lot more stuff than the average couple.
Here's my advice for composing a comprehensive list: think through the day (or the weekend) moment by moment. As you envision yourself doing something, also envision what you will need to do it. To effectively do this, you really need to slow down. It's a tedious, yet helpful, process. I use it whenever I pack for a trip, get food from the grocery store, or plan a workshop/conference/party.
Without further ado, here is our list:
|Copies of ceremony programs|
|Ring hat |
|Cooler for ceremony drinks|
|Quilt and Basket|
|Towels to dry off ceremony drinks|
|Towel for brushing off dirt from tree-planting |
|Watering can for tree-planting |
|Box to recycle ceremony drinks |
|Towels for hot tub|
|Copies of job descriptions|
|Wedding planning binder|
|Check for Sunshine Mountain|
|Shirt for hairstyle|
|Laundry basket for napkins|
|DVD player |
|Wedding video DVD|
|Containers for seven-layer dip|
|Cake server |