For today’s blog post I wanted to share with you what I’m doing to stay organized for my wedding planning. It is literally so overwhelming when you think about everything that goes into your wedding day. I mean it is crazy how much time and money you spend in a small period of time. Depending on your bride personality, you may be over the top or low key. I’m somewhere in between. I’m very detail oriented so tasks pertaining to decor is super important to me.
The first thing you can do to stay organized is hire a wedding planner, if it’s in your budget. They deal with every aspect of your wedding from day one of planning to the actual day. If you are very particular and want things a specific way, I’d say wedding planners are definitely worth it. I on the other hand, want to plan my own with the help of my awesome friends and bridesmaids. As long as everything looks nice and elegant is all I really care about.
If you’re doing this on your own like me, another way to stay organized is a planner book/binder. The first item I purchased after getting engaged was this “Knot Wedding Planner,” from Amazon for $20. I actually like the planner better than their website. The online checklist timeline is a little off but the binder one is pretty much on target. I use Wedding Wire’s website too to keep track of my budget. I type in deposits that have been made with an alarm with dates of when my balances will be due. I also use the WedHappy App for iPhone on the go, it’s free and you can customize it to your liking.
All these types of planners are helpful because they let you know each month what tasks need to be completed. Some tasks you may realize you have more time than they give you or may not even pertain to you.
The last thing that I want to stress about staying organized is saving money. This is probably the hardest part of wedding planning if you are paying for your own wedding. Miguel and I have been blessed enough that my Dad is helping us with most of our venue. Nowadays many couples pay for their own weddings and are not given this opportunity. We still have a lot of saving to do but having help is such a blessing! We’ve committed to a certain amount each month and are dedicated to sticking with it. It also puts you in a habit of saving down the line (i.e.-a house, new car, babies, ect.)
When Miguel and I first talked about getting engaged in 2015, I decided to give up my apartment and move back home with my Mom so that I did not have to pay rent anymore. I have to say this was bittersweet for me because I absolutely loved my apartment and having my own space. My mom was gracious enough to agree to that, so we have been able to save a lot of money toward our vendor deposits. You can’t plan a wedding without initial deposits which can be anywhere from $1500 to $2,000 deposits for all, so planning ahead is the best way to go; I can’t stress that enough!
Other than what I’ve mentioned, do you guys have any other organizing tips that you can share? I’m always curious to see other creative and fun ways to keep on track of things. Let me know in the comments below.
Talk to you all soon…