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Staying Organized- The Timeline

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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…
  6. 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!
  7. 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.

 

10 cant live without wedding blogs

Best Wedding Blogs

10 Can’t Live Without Wedding Blogs…Best Wedding Blogs
While planning your wedding, it’s always nice to have some inspiration when it comes to giving you ideas, drooling over gowns, or fun DIY projects. We’ve done the dirty work for you and sifted through hundreds, if not thousands of wedding blogs and Websites for the crème de la crème.
We chose the following fabulous wedding sites brimming with inspirations, pictures, and drool-worthy pretties to make your head swirl with ideas.
1) Martha Stewart Weddings
The queen of crafts is back at it and adding her flair to weddings. We can’t get enough of her personalized touches and crafty goodness.
2) Style Me Pretty
Want to drool over beautiful wedding photograph after another? Well, you’re in luck. SMP is the source for all things pretty. Not only do they pack the punch for pictures, but they also have a great resource guide to contact and utilize vendors that are featured in real weddings in your area! Isn’t that just the best idea ever?

3) Wedding Chicks
Wedding chicks is a one-stop shop for the bride in a hurry. From DIY printables to real wedding features to deals on vendors and services, this site is simply perfect for all brides and their planning process.
4) Recycled Bride
Are you looking for ways to turn one bride’s “junk” into your wedding day treasure? Well, the Recycled Bride does just that. They have classifieds, ideas, tips and tricks on how to effectively use someone else’s goods. They claim they have the largest wedding marketplace containing décor, wedding dresses, wedding accessories, and much, much more!
5) BRIDES
The BRIDES site is the online form of the print magazine. They cover absolutely everything you can imagine from registry assistance to honeymoon help to message boards encouraging other frantic brides that they are not alone in this wedding planning chaos.
6) The Knot
The Knot is the internet’s most-trafficked one-stop wedding planning solution. They offer a fresh voice and real-world sensibility alternative to the white-gloved, outdated advice of the available etiquette experts, The Knot has quickly become America’s leading wedding brand reaching out to millions of engaged couples each year through our award-winning website, books, magazines, and broadcast offerings.

7) Project Wedding
Indeed your wedding is a project. And with the right resources like Project Wedding, life can be a little more manageable. From DIY ideas to forums to travel tips and alternatives for the finicky bride, project wedding is a breath of fresh air.
8) Wedding Bee
The Wedding Bee is basically run by brides-to-be. You can apply to blog about your day-to-day planning, crafts, and other planning tips and tricks. It’s a perfect place for “misery is company” to find other brides dealing with similar situations or selling their goods from their own wedding.
9) Offbeat Bride
The Offbeat bride offers an alternative to traditional brides. From crazy wedding reception concepts to food to attire- anything is fair game here.

10) Budget Savvy Bride
So you’re on a budget, we’ll most couples are trying to stay within a budget for your big day, but the Budget Savvy Bride takes it to the next level of savings. Check it out to save yourself some cold hard cash.

whirlwind weddings

Whirlwind Weddings Infographic by SimplyBridal

Most engaged couples are advised to take 12 months to plan their big day, but there are some who opt for a whirlwind wedding and race down the aisle in a matter or weeks or months! This could be due to number different reasons, such as military obligations, pregnancy, job opportunities or simply just red hot passion, where time is of the essence and plans must be made very quickly.

Due to time constraints, a few shortcuts usually have to be taken when pulling off a whirlwind wedding without completely losing your mind. For instance, rather then sending out handwritten invitations consider using e-mail so your invited guests are able to RSVP with ease and you don’t end up running around trying to figure out who’s going to turn up. Also, when selecting your wedding attire, it may be best to bypass a traditional wedding gown, which usually requires fittings and alterations well before your big day.  Browse your local boutiques or department stores to find something off the rack that will have you looking sophisticated on your special day.

To get a better idea of the costs and planning involved in a whirlwind wedding, check out SimplyBridal‘s infographic, The Anatomy Of A Whirwhind Wedding.

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