The Holiday Season is upon us and that means one thing…engagements are on the rise and new brides-to-be will be popping up everywhere. So where to start? How about Staying Organized with what we call, The Timeline.
Staying Organized – The Timeline
Planning a wedding can take time, patience and organization. Keeping on top of your tasks is important so action items like making payments don’t fall between the cracks.
- First, we recommend buying a calendar and a wedding-specific binder. Make dividers for each section and keep all contracts, vendor information, and timelines in the binder so it’s easy to find. Mark up the calendar with days for when items need to be accomplished.
- Share duties with your partner. Make your groom feel like he has a part in the planning (remember this is his day too). By talking and sharing, you both will be able to foresee and avoid any future problems. Grooms come up with some of the best ideas too, so make sure to include him and let him add his personal touch to the big day too.
- Set aside specific days to accomplish tasks and enlist friends and family to help. It takes so much less time to stuff envelopes and assemble favors when you do it as a team and it’s an easy way to let people help. You will get a lot more done by using your specific wedding planning days and you will feel much more relaxed during your time off. It’s also important to be flexible when planning so you don’t get bogged down.
- Figure out a budget on paper. Find out who will be paying for the wedding and come up with numbers for each category, ie: food, music, flowers… and don’t forget tipping and misc. last minute items!
- Create a timeline for the week of the wedding. Make sure you allow enough time for all your tasks to be completed, ie: when to pick up tuxes, dropping off items to your venue, hair/makeup…
- Make decisions and then move on. There is so much information available to us these days that you can go crazy looking at websites and seeing new ideas. Once you have decided on your floral design, linen colors, table numbers, etc. then stop looking at those items online!
- Of course, hire a coordinator if you can afford one in your budget! If you have put this much time into your planning, leave it to the experts to execute it for you the day of the wedding.