Who am I kidding? Wedding planning will always have stress involved. For me one of the scariest parts of planning is knowing that so many people from different facets of my life are all going to be together in one place vying for my attention.
I recently told a friend that wedding planning should be able to go on my resume because of the amount of information I have to decide on and communicate effectively with more than two parties.
To help survive the waves of stress during this planning season, I want to suggest a few points I’ve learned while planning our big day.
- The TickTick App
This app is hands down my go to app for writing down what I need to get done. I can assign individual tasks and set deadlines or write notes about the task, then mark it off when I’m done. The app allows you to color code information for quick access and easy organization. If you’re someone like me who wants to see every little detail laid out in front of you, believe me, you will really enjoy tinkering with this app. The best part, I might add, is that it’s free!
- May Designs
Now I don’t like to spend money on something just for the sake of spending money. However, the ability to have all wedding information in one gorgeous little notebook that fits easily in my purse is something I deemed worthy of spending a few extra bucks on. May Designs has countless designs ready to present whatever your style is and provides a special wedding diary option for you to build a custom notebook that fits your needs.
The wedding diary features individual sections for planning and brainstorming, such as a budget plan, an area for you to jot down notes about things like the reception, wedding party, and ceremony, as well as a calendar for all your appointments and deadlines. This isn’t something everyone will want, but for me, it helped to know all my wedding information was in one place. Depending on customization (such adding a monogram on the front) the book runs from $18.00 to $23.00 before check out.
- A Clean Inbox
This might seem like a no-brainer, but after all the tips I’ve read about wedding planning I haven’t found this one addressed. Thus, I’ve decided it might be worth mentioning. Please for the love of all that is good and holy, don’t let your emails get away from you! Only just this week I had to go through the hoard of emails looming in my inbox ready to strike and search for the one email that confirmed I had told our reception venue a rehearsal time that they forget to pencil in. Please use folders to keep important information easily accessible. You’ll thank me for it when you need to prove a point and it doesn’t suck up hours of your life searching for an email you accidentally deleted.
This advice is free and you can take it or leave it. I find that in moments of stress I have a lot of people around me who want to help – and offer – saying something along the lines of, “If there is anything I can do, please let me know!” While this is meant well, it isn’t really helpful to a stressed person.
Staying organized is the best way to stay on top of the wedding planning process. Keep all your information in one place. Don’t go to any meetings without the information you need. Use an app or notebook to make clear goals. However this organization looks for you embrace it and keep it handy because you never know when that luncheon with your Mother-in-law will turn into an inspiration transformation.
Do you have any good advice or experience with any of my tips? If so, please share in the comments. I love hearing from you guys.