Planning a wedding is a full time job in itself but there is no one-size-fits all approach to getting the job done. My role in our company is to make sure our clients stay on track throughout the course of the year so that the process doesn’t become overwhelming at any point. Staying organized is key to maintaining sanity throughout the process. Couples should take cues from their personal and work lives to determine the best approach. The soon to be Mr. and Mrs. should ask themselves...what’s our system for remembering to pay bills, take the dog to the vet, renew the cable agreement and meet friends for dinner? Binders are great for couples that like to hang on to paper and originals. A good scanner and a folder on a cloud database will come in handy for the tech-savvy couple that wants to avoid paper clutter. Calendars and lists to keep track of appointment and to-dos come in many shapes and sizes. No matter what it looks like, a good system is a must for wedding planning (and life)!
My best advice: Be realistic about deadlines and stick to them! Waiting until the last minute will only lead to pre-wedding meltdowns. Everything you need to do for the wedding should be 100% complete at least a week before the wedding. Your primary focus that week of the wedding should be spending time with family and friends who have traveled into town to celebrate with you!
Special thanks to Brides.com for featuring my advice last year… read more here!