So Much To Do, So Little Time

After an 18-month engagement, it's fun to finally say, "I'm getting married this month!" But after the initial feeling of joy that statement brings me, a twinge of panic tends to set in—because it means I have just over three weeks to get every last detail ready for our wedding on April 25. (Not to mention tie up loose ends at work so I can breathe easy on my two-week honeymoon knowing I left my pages in good shape.) Everyone keeps asking me what there could possibly be left to do, but the truth is the final month is crazy no matter how far ahead you plan. There are a million little things you can't complete until the event is around the corner: printing and binding the ceremony programs, finalizing menu cards, preparing favor tags and welcome bags, trouble-shooting unanticipated flower-girl dress fiascos (anyone know where I can get charcoal gray sashes for cheap?). There are also a number of things you have to trust others to do—like your groomsmen getting measured for their tuxes—which can be agonizing if you're a Type-A personality (I'd physically drag all nine of them to the fitting myself if I could!). And then there are the things you can't control at all but inevitably spend precious time worrying about (I've vowed not to start checking the forecast on weather.com until 10 days out...we'll see how my willpower holds up). And on top of all of that, there's the time-consuming self-improvement project I've embarked on to look my best—hitting the gym four times a week; getting my hair cut and highlighted; scheduling a pre-wedding facial and eyebrow waxing; testing out a spray tan. Considering my typical beauty regimen (let's just say I've been known to air-dry my hair on the way to work), I'm suddenly feeling very high-maintenance. But I know it'll all be worth it—exactly 23 days from today. —Elaine Stuart, Senior Associate Features/Travel Editor

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