Real Bride Lizzy – The Final Countdown



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How do you keep calm when your wedding is creeping closer and closer? Lizzy is sharing how she is getting through the final countdown!

It’s the Final Countdown (ish)

As I write this, it is a Monday evening. Its freezing cold, wet and the children are being, oh what’s the word…difficult? There are just 20 days to go until the day that I have been planning for the last 18 months finally arrives, and oh boy is there a lot to do. 

I would like to think that I have been a relatively chilled out bride. I have been pretty laid back about things, more decisive than I thought I was going to be, and wedding related tantrums have yet to appear. I tried not to stress over the dress. The venue has helped make planning the day a breeze. And all of the ‘big things’ have been organised for a while. 


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It’s only in these final few weeks I’ve found my head starting to wobble a little. There are a thousand questions running through my brain day and night and it seems like the list of things to do remains stubbornly the same length no matter how many things I do. 

Here is a little insight into the state of internal monologue on any given day:

Where are the fairy lights I ordered? What is Luna going to wear if it gets chilly? I wonder what the long-range weather forecast is going to be? What am I going to say in my speech? Will there be enough ink in the printer for me print off the readings? When are Eli’s library books due back? When was I booked in to get my nails done? Shall I check I counted the right number of vegetarians for the hundredth time? Do I need to break my shoes in? What should I have breakfast on the wedding day? When I am going to mark year 10’s assessments? What if Luna gets chicken pox? When shall we practise our first dance? At what point was the pre-ordered confetti meant to arrive? Exactly how many cake boxes do I need? What if no one turns up…? 

And so it goes on. And on. And on. 


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“If, like me, organisation is kind of your ‘thing’, then you would love these. There are multiple spread sheets.”

So what to do about it? Well, I’m afraid I resorted to the same strategy I’ve always used to plan pretty much everything I my adult life: spreadsheets. If, like me, organisation is kind of your ‘thing’, then you would love these. There are multiple spread sheets. One to track guests; their addresses, RSVPs and dietary requirements. There is one to track music; the ceremony playlist, the reception playlist and the music for between the band’s two sets. There is one for the budget; to track how much we’ve saved, how much we owe and what we have spent so far (touchwood…under budget?!) And finally, there are the decoration spreadsheets. Ones to keep a track on what I’ve bought, what I need to remember to do and so that the amazing Sara knows what to do on the day as she styles the venue to perfection.

It sounds like a lot, but for me its been a life saver. It’s kept me in control when there have been 100 jobs to do. Whilst this level of organisation hasn’t stopped the million questions and concerns and worries that I *think* (hope) are normal before a wedding, they have helped me keep on top of things. With less than three weeks to go, I know where I am, I know where its all headed, and I still have a list of things to do to get there. 


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How do you keep calm as your big day approaches? Share your tips below!

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