Planning Your Own Wedding: 5 Invaluable Tips for Staying Organized
The Important Extras! On May 23rd, 2015 1331 0
Choosing to plan your own wedding can be both a blessing and a curse; it gives you full control of every element of your wedding day and it can also save you the cost of hiring a wedding planner. And despite the many testimonials that wedding planners can save you money through industry connections and better sourcing of products, there’s no denying that the initial outlay can be extremely costly – so you will definitely be better off for taking on the responsibility. But planning your own wedding can be stressful if you’re not organized. Orderliness and preparation is everything, and here are 5 invaluable tips on staying on top of your wedding organization.
1. It’s Never Too Early to Start Planning
This is wedding planning 101. The first and most important rule to remember; start as early as possible. You will thank yourself when it’s three weeks before your wedding and you’re not stressing and panicking like many other brides of today. As soon as you can, make a start on checking out venues and building a theme around your big day.
2. Create Moodboards to Generate Ideas
So many brides change their minds along the way when it comes to all the finer details. From the color of the flowers to the table centerpieces, wedding shopping is both inspiring and confusing. To avoid this happening too much, be sure to have a clear idea from the start. Use moodboards to capture the theme, ambiance and feel of your day. Refer to these boards as your guide and they will help you stay on track at all times.
3. Never Start a Project Without a Checklist
Lists, lists and more lists! That is the answer to a stress-free wedding. Marrying up all the different elements of your wedding day is a big job; that’s why wedding planners can be such a relief for busy brides. In order to manage everything by yourself, it’s important to have a checklist. Forgetting just the tiniest detail can set you back.
4. Use a Wedding Timeline / Calendar
There are so many great online wedding planning tools or mobile phone apps that can help you here. See Tech Radar’s 10 Best Wedding Planning Apps and get started on your planning today. Make use of notifications so you never miss appointments – and some apps even allow you to enlist help from wedding party members to have a shared calendar.
5. Get the Wedding Party Sorted First
It’s really important to get the wedding party outfits sorted as soon as possible. Selecting table cloths and flower decorations may seem easy when you’re dealing with just you, but managing a group of people (all with their own needs and opinions) can be stressful. Book a meeting with your wedding party and decide what needs to be done / who needs to do what. Then the next step is to find suppliers for both male and female members of the wedding party. For instance bow ties and cravats (Knightsbridge Neckwear) for the gentlemen and bridesmaid dresses (online directory of dress shops) for the ladies.