Wedding planning is an exciting time until the list of items to complete before the big day completely overwhelm your commitment of love. Unfortunately, the wedding planning process is rarely stress-free, but there are ways to manage the stress by staying organized. Here are 5 things to do to make your wedding planning experience as smooth sailing and stress-free as possible.
Create a separate email
Most people get too many emails as it is, but when you start wedding planning, you’ll get a ton of emails from your venue and vendors from quotes to contracts to finalizing the details. Instead of using your work or personal email, create a new email address for you and your partner to use specifically for wedding planning. It’ll be easier to keep track of everything.
Take advantage of free wedding planning info
There’s an app for everything now, right? There are a ton of wedding planning apps out there, so find a few to help you manage the planning process. Some of our favorites are WeddingHappy and Appy Couple. WeddingHappy has wedding checklists that are customizable and a countdown feature with a running list of items to complete by the big day. Appy Couple digitally sends wedding invitations and keeps track of who is attending and who is not. The app also takes care of event and travel plans. AllSeated is another great free software to help create floorplans through virtual reality and 360 diagramming.
Use one calendar
Commit to one organizer where appointments, to-do lists, etc. are stored and accurate. Whether you prefer digital or traditional pen & paper, pick one calendar and organization strategy and stick to it instead of flip-flopping between resources.
Keep a paper trail
Keep track of the vendors you hire by having their contact information, signed contract of services and payment dates on file in an excel sheet, for example. Update it every time you sign a vendor contract so it’s always current. Do the same as you’re updating your guest list, address inventories and RSVPs. Take it one step further by putting all your documents on Google Drive so you’ll be able to share them with your partner and access them in real time.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help! A lot of couples think they have to do everything themselves when they’re planning, but the reality is it takes a village to bring a wedding together. And more often than not, several friends and family members want to help in any way they can, so figure out what responsibilities you can delegate to your loved ones who are more than eager to help. It’s a win-win situation.
Staying organized won’t cure all wedding planning stress, but it will certainly make the process smoother!
Friday, May 31, 2019