February 3, 2016

5 Tips For Meeting Wedding Deadlines // Wedding Wednesday

As much as I love sharing pictures from our special day this past September, I really want to share some tips for the planners and brides to be out there. The information in the bridal industry can be very direct and often I found that it didn't apply to me during planning. I want to change that and give advice that can help you throughout the wedding process.

Make an editable master list.
- I used an Excel spreadsheet to keep track of our budget, to do areas by category and details that I updated constantly. Having something at hand that both Chuck and I could review and edit was extremely helpful and listed all the master deadlines in red, along with the budget in green, and completed items in purple. A spreadsheet made planning a breeze and was convenient to have on the computer for both the bride and groom.

Keep a planner with you at all times.
- I had a wedding tote bag with all my information, folder of contracts and my main planner in tow at all times. I felt like almost every day I was placing an order, communicating with our venue or following up on e-mails and had to reference something. You never know when you may need these documents or your calendar, as I found myself getting a lot of things done on my lunch breaks at work.

Check your lists weekly.
- I mentioned when I offered 5 Essential Wedding Planning Tips that you should start early. I think this is half of what kept me sane throughout the entire process, and I was always knocking things off my checklist. Whether it was doing simple things like ordering bridesmaid gifts, picking out cocktail napkins, printing pictures, or working on the reception playlist I was always reviewing the list to get things done. Knock those tasks off while you can so you have time to enjoy the whole wedding planning process!

Work backwards.
-When does your DJ need the music suggestions by? Does your venue need a finalized seat count a week ahead of time? Write those dates down then set deadlines by working backwards. For example, our venue needed the final count and seating chart 4 days prior. Personally I did not want to be doing these tasks the week of the wedding so I set a deadline of one week prior to the wedding to turn this all in to the wedding coordinator. From there I set our RSVP deadline date 5 weeks prior to that so I could have ample time to work on a seating chart. Working backwards helps you get tasks accomplished without feeling overwhelmed or shortened on time. 

Don't sweat the small stuff.
-There are bound to be bumps in the road, even if you are the most obsessive, detailed and organized planner (like me). If you spend more time sulking over little details rather than putting your energy in to more important things you will get behind. Assess the issue, make a plan and move on. I learned this early on in the planning process when searching for a venue and a DJ (more on that later), and it helped me as we continued in the months to come.

What tips have you learned along the way that have helped you during the planning process?

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