That’s not a burn! Believe me – I was as bumble-headed as they come. Gone are the days when most of the wedding planning was done by a mother-of-the-bride who was herself a housewife or a student bride-to-be who could do it all between classes. In the US, the average bride is 27 years old so chances are she has a full-time job and a rich life. Wedding planning is hard to do during your lunch hour unless you’re doing all your planning online or locally. Today, wedding planning requires organization and lots of it. So here are my best organization tips to help you stay on top of all your wedding planning to-dos.
1. Get a notebook and write everything down that has to do with your wedding plans. Phone numbers, decorating tips you’ve heard, wedding vendor information. The bridesmaid jewelry you have your eye on. Your Instagram password. Keep this notebook with you always! Whenever you get a brainstorm or you havea question to ask a vendor or someone to add to the guest list, write it down immediately. Don’t wait. You will forget.
2. Buy yourself an accordion folder with sections or pick a notebook with file pockets. Label the sections (flowers, church, good wedding planning ideas, bridesmaids dresses, etc.). Then whenever you see a print article about or a picture of something that you love (like a bridal bouquet with evergreens or a bridal veil), tear it out and stuff it into whichever section it belongs.
3. Buy a wedding planning software program. It can seem like overkill but I swear they are a useful way to track guests and RSVPs, what gifts people have given you, menu selections, table assignments, and more. It also allows you to create a wedding budget and to keep on top of payment schedules. As expenses go, these are cheap. Most range from $35 – $60. Alternately, use a spreadsheet program to do the same thing yourself.
4. Use index cards and a recipe box to file them. This is very simple and a very effective organization technique. Simply write one index card per couple/family or single guest. Include their name, address, and phone number, then include space to mark off if they have RSVP’d for the wedding and/or shower. Write down what gift they gave you for both the shower and wedding and whether or not a thank you note has been sent. You can also include their table assignment for the reception.
5. Keep a Master Wedding To-Do List with all the tasks needed to be completed. Then from your Master List, break down the tasks into weekly or daily wedding planning to-do lists. This will make you more productive by focusing on a few tasks and at the same time reduce some overwhelming feelings by breaking down the larger tasks into smaller, more manageable tasks.
6. Keep a wedding calendar. Like, a paper calendar that you can hang somewhere you will see it every day. Include all of your appointments with vendors and deadlines required by your vendors (i.e., payments due, menu selections, ordering deadlines, etc.). Be sure to include your self-imposed deadlines as well, such as when to have the photographer chosen and when to have invitations ready to mail.
How are you staying organized while you plan your wedding?