So though I don’t know about dresses, nor do I really care about flowers… I am a nazi for schedules and contracts.
So awhile ago, a girl friend of mine (previous bride about a year ago), sat down with me after a happy hour, and we typed up a draft schedule, from the hair and makeup, all until the very end of the reception.
Then, a few days later, I decided to reorganize the notes and turn it into a powerpoint, so I can print handouts as well as present it to my Sales Manager, Banquet Captain, and my team of coordinators (starting from the Flower Coordinator, that talks to the florist, to the Head Usher, to the Cocktail Hour Coordinator, to the Music director, Sound System Coordinator, and last but not least, gift table coordinator).
I made each slide about a 10 min to 1 hour time slot, depending on the amount of details within each time frame. I documented everything, from when the strings pause, and start again. Who takes cues from who to close the door, stop the guests, hand out boutonnieres, usher the guests to the next location, etc etc.
Each slide was then further sectioned into location: Ceremony, Cocktail, Reception.
Then each person’s name appeared in the location they were supposed to be at during that time frame, and had bullet points that documented what they needed to do.
I don’t think I’m being a bridezilla. I’m just being organized.
Then, at the very end, there is a Personnel Directory, with the names, title, and phone numbers of every person on the team, and also a comment section which lists out the locations that person will need to go to on the day of.
After, I also handed out a packet of images and floor plan.
We did a preliminary walk through tour as we also went through the powerpoint schedule. I don’t think I’m too crazy, right?
I’m like organization, I love schedules, things that are black and white and definite…
Things that are tough are ones such as: flowers, decorations, colors, everything else…
My conversation with the florist, “So, what’s the price of each flower?”
“Depends,” she answers, “What style did you have in mind? What do you imagine your wedding to be like? What colors do you like? … What are you looking for?”
“Just a spreadsheet of all your flowers and the unit price for each individual item,” I say.
She just looks at me.