Weddings can be really stressful, keeping things organised is the best way to reduce the stress and enjoy the process, rather than see it as a painful necessity. In this blog, we will cover the basics of wedding planning and organisation to get you going.
1. Make a budget. Have a big picture figure on how much you can afford to spend. Get quotes from industry professionals and factor in the not negotiables. Then using whats left in the budget you can plan how to allocate the remainder on the rest. Make up a preliminary list made up of three columns, must haves, would like, and not fussed items. Use this to allocate the money accordingly. This will help you see where to splurge and where to save. Also, keep track of all the deposits, payment plans, deadlines on this as well so you can save and not get caught out when things are due.
2. Draw up a timeline. We always get stressed when we feel rushed. Have a timeline for the big day that includes all vendors and things to happen. Factor in some wriggle room time to account for running late, traffic jams etc. When everyone is on the same page, things are more likely to run smoothly, and you have more of a chance to enjoy the day.
3. Make a database. Excel is fantastic for this. Use it to make your guest list and keep track of who has RSVP'd and who is holding out. Make another page for keeping a contact list of all your vendors, what they're including, the payments, when information is due. This will help you when it goes to make table arrangements and keep your people in the loop.
Now that you have the basics down pat, I find brides usually go about this in two ways. Pinterest is fantastic for ideas on how to put together binder folders to keep track like this one
Or if your more technologically savvy, there are some pretty cool apps out there that make planning a breeze. Check out MyWed ❤️ Wedding Planner with Checklist and Budget wedding happy or the wedding planner checklist.
Let us know what have you found made your wedding journey easier and more enjoyable. Also, Stay tuned for our next blog for managing a budget wedding.