How To Plan A Wedding And Keep Your Sanity
Wondering how to plan a wedding and keep your sanity?
With just a few of our top wedding planning tips, you will be able to focus, stay organized and on track, and of course, sane!
Start with a Great To Do List
One of the keys to staying organized is first understanding what you have to do. To help you with this, we recommend creating a to do list from the start of your planning process. When you get a break at work, or a free weekend together, pick something on the list and work on it little by little. Don’t try to tackle it all at once, and definitely don’t wait until the last-minute. Aim to make steady progress and you’ll greatly reduce your anxiety and stress.
Create a Wedding-Only Email Address For Yourself
Instead of inundating your work email, or filtering emails to both of your personal addresses, create on wedding-specific email address. You can easily manage all of your vendor contacts and guest communications from a joint account. You can even be creative about the account name – maybe use your wedding hashtag!
Manage the Money with a Spreadsheet
Make sure of a spreadsheet to keep track of your budget goals as well as actual expenses. Every time you purchase something for the wedding, be sure to include the item in your spreadsheet so you have an accurate account of where you are in comparison to your goals. If you want to be really organized, create tabs in Excel for each item category and then create a master sheet for all expenses. Or, work collaboratively on a platform like Google Docs that can be shared easily no matter where you are.
Create Your AllSeated Account!
AllSeated further organizes your wedding planning by giving you the ability to manage your guest list, floorplans, seating arrangements, timelines and more all in one place! Since AllSeated is a collaborative tool, you can easily invite your fiancé, entourage and vendors into your account to keep everyone up to date and on the same page concerning the details of your wedding. Visit AllSeated’s Weddings section not only to register your account but to learn even more about using AllSeated’s tools and how they can help you!
Consider Hiring a Pro
When all else fails, and if you still feel overwhelmed, it’s time to bring in a pro. The tough truth is that life keeps going even when you’re planning something as important as a wedding. A wedding planner can guide your decisions, help select and manage your vendors and be a great sounding wall for your ideas and concerns. When there is too much to juggle, let a professional wedding planner put in the long hours while you have a chance to actually enjoy your engagement.
Use these tips to help guide your wedding planning and you’ll enjoy a more relaxed and effective engagement. Do you have a favorite tip to share to help couples like you manage the wedding planning process?
Kim Sayatovic is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Belladeux Event Design, a full service wedding and event design firm based in New Orleans, Louisiana.