A lot of my buddies do “A Day in the Life of a Wedding Planner” posts…but I figured I could do it, with a different twist. I’m sure you pretty much know how a wedding day goes down– you see it on the TV or read it in the blogs. But what do we do when we aren’t fabuluxing a wedding?
Well, here’s what my days are *typically* like:
5:30 a.m. Lie in bed. Discover a little person and their cat has joined me at some time in the night. Contemplate on going into the garage to hit the bag.
6:00 a.m. Wake up the kidlets. Argue with Mini-Me about it being morning even though it is dark outside. Prince Charming wakes up perfectly after being cajoled into watching Capt. Planet. Baby is up playing and cooing.
6:15 a.m. Turn on the laptop and hook up the webcam to talk to Capt America. It makes us feel like we’re all together– he watches the kids get ready for school, talks to them, etc. We’re dorks– we even have “dinner” together.
7:30 a.m. Out the door and on the way to school….blasting Radio Disney. The life of a Diva.
8:00 a.m. Call my mom. I do this religiously…every day. I’m her alarm clock. We figure this is my way of repaying her back for all the times she got me up when I had to go to school.
8:05 a.m. Both kids dropped off. Receive a subpoena to show up at Starbucks. Testify to the woman at the drive thru and am sentenced to enjoy a Caramel Frapuccino with whipped cream and an extra shot of espresso. My day can begin.
8:20 a.m. Phone and emails begin pouring in as if someone has died. Feed baby while I listen to a vendor leave a 5 minute message on my voicemail. Only 30 seconds pertains to the information I requested. Make a mental note to never ever ever ever call them again. Email instead. Contemplate putting Brandy it my frapuccino, but damn, it’s only 8:20 in the morning.
8:30 a.m. Turn on CNN. If you didn’t know, I’m a news junkie. This comes from being a former contestant in the MAO organization where you could be asked about any remote third world country that you’ve never heard of.
8:35 a.m. Check in with my buddies at iWED– the best place in the world for wedding professionals. (Shameless plug over). Begin returning emails and start working on proposals for potential clients.
9:40 a.m. Start storyboarding for a few events that I have coming up. Get frustrated because my vision isn’t coming through.
9:45 a.m. Open garage door with a handful of pretzels. Look at the heavy bag and boxing gloves. Shrug and shut the door. Eat pretzels. Go play with baby.
10:00 a.m. Start storyboarding again. Talk to Captain America while I pay bills and order linens. Take out tonight’s dinner.
10:20 a.m. Cat comes and sits on the keyboard.
10:30 a.m Changed in my workout clothes (gotta love a shirt that says “Mixed Martial Arts: When Punching Them in the Face Just Isn’t Enough”) Strap on gloves (yup have that exact pair, because I’m ubergirly). Stretch. Breathe. Practice my boxing and muay thai kicks. Want to quit. Think about the Beyonce bathing suit I’ve been wanting. Go back and do 60 knee strikes. Curse the bathing suit.
11:30 a.m. All showered and beautified, and can go back to work. Drop baby off at Day Care– tune into CNN to get the latest news (told you I’m addict) then listen to another episode of Kimora’s Life in the Fab Lane.
11:40 a.m. Call cake designer and confirm the current design for Client Fabulous. Also set up a cake tasting for Client Glamorous.
11:45 a.m. Make it on to the island. Meet with Floral Designer and Lighting Designer. Discuss our options and some of the ideas I came up with for Client Beautiful.
1:00 p.m. Finish meeting with vendors. Check phone for new emails and text messages. Email client to tell her how fabulous her wedding is going to look! Send a text message to Capt. America. Call musicians for Client Fabulous. Check to see if deposit was received.
1:15 p.m. Talk to advertising rep about my ad under my new name.
1:30 p.m. Receive press request for assistance on an article. Happy to help 🙂
2:00 p.m. Arrive at Mini-Me’s school. Wait in parking lot. Listen to XM— alternate between XM Classics, CNN, The Heat, and High Standards. Take some time to sketch up some ideas for my bridal show booth and new packages.
2:30 p.m. “Drive Thru” at Mini-Me’s school opens up. Pull up, they put her in, and we’re off to pick up my two little guys. Listen to her gush about how she had a great day, what she ate for lunch, and how so and so got in trouble.
2:35 p.m. Pick up my guys. They are both bouncy and happy.
2:40 p.m. We’re all in the car. Call Capt. America on the handsfree calling on the truck so that we can all hear (he’s 8 hours a head of us). Say goodnight.
2:50 p.m. Arrive home. Kids tear through the house. Check mailbox. Kids got a new book and movie. Listen to shrieks of joy. Play with kids…watch them play. Get deliveries from the door.
3:30 p.m. Check into email again. Return phone calls. Check storyboard– ditch first because I have an epiphany and revisit it with a new fervor.
4:15 p.m. Check clothes for the rest of the week for the kids. Makes everything so much easier.
4:30 p.m. Start dinner.
5:30 p.m. Serve dinner.
5:50 p.m. Listen to complaints that little bellies are full, but some how have room for two helpings of dessert.
6:00 p.m. Call client to do a logistics consult for an upcoming wedding. Kids are in their rooms being rockstars.
6:15 p.m Play a game of Candyland. Get beat. Bad.
6:30 p.m. Put kids in bath tub. Be amazed as 1.5 million toys end up in there along with them. Check in to Wolf Blitzer. Switch back between that and Law and Order. My vices.
6:40 p.m. Make baby’s bottles. Clean kitchen. Throw in a load of laundry. Fold a load. Laundry sucks. Make a note to get a maid.
7:00 p.m. Kids out of tub. Watch something on TV.
7:30 p.m. Put kids in bed. Read a story.
7:50 p.m. Sit on couch. Look at another basket of clothes that the cat is comfortably sleeping in. Reconsider the maid thing.
8:00 p.m. Enjoy the quiet.
8:03 p.m. Kids start talking.
8:03:30 p.m. Read kids the riot act.
8:04 p.m. Enjoy the quiet.
8:50 p.m. Check bulletin board for any notes I’ve posted to myself. Check calendar for upcoming events. Check email.
9:10 p.m. Blog a little.
9:30 p.m. Feed baby. Put back to sleep.
9:50 p.m. Revisit bridal show design. Check bridal show budget. Sigh.
10: 40 p.m. Captain America logs on. Say he’s getting ready to work out. Talk briefly. Will talk more when he gets back. I will probably be sleep when he does. Brush teeth, clean and moisturize face.
10:45 p.m. Read a book.
10:47 p.m. Sleep.
12:00 a.m. Feed baby. Stumble back into bed.
2:40 a.m. See above.
4:10 a.m. See above.
And then it begins aaalllll over again. Glamorous, ain’t it!