After putting this post together, I realized I probably should have posted this a while ago. But even if you’ve already started planning your wedding, I think some of these tips will be useful. I know they’ve greatly helped me stay on top of things without loosing my mind. I would even say the process has been fun! Let’s see how these next 3 months (!!!) go…
5 Tips for Staying Organized and Sane
1. Google Docs – Seriously guys, if you unfamiliar with google docs, now’s the time. We made our wedding budget, to do lists, address books, RSVP lists, everything in Google Docs. They work pretty much exactly like Microsoft Word or Excel, expect you can share them with your parents, fiance, maid of honor, etc. and those people can update too. Not only that, but you can access it anywhere. At the paper store, and forgot how many envelopes to buy? Look it up! This has been such a lifesaver.
2. Someone to vent to and bounce ideas off – This is someone besides your fiance. For me, this is my mom and my 2 bridesmaids. They’ve gone over every idea, project, and plan. It’s hard to design in a bubble. These people will help you steer clear of disaster and nod their heads in agreement when vendors are being annoying. Invaluable!
3. Budget and savings plan – You’ve got to get on this at the beginning We talked to both of our sets of parents about how much they wanted to contribute to our big day. Then we talked together about how much we wanted to put in. From that number we were able to forecast how much each of us needed to save. I decided to put away $1000 a month for 6 months. Being freelance, I knew this might be tough, but it’s actually been a lot easier since I have this plan ahead of time. Also, this allows you to have the money available when you need to send deposits, or buy decor items as you go.
4. Folders (email, contracts, receipts) – Google Docs has folders too, so all my wedding docs stay organized. I also have 2 folders in my email for wedding related correspondence. I separate out the vendors that I’m not using in a “Wedding B-List” folder, just in case someone falls through. I have physical folders for contracts, planning lists and receipts. Setting up these systems at the beginning will save you a lot of headache later.
5. Limit Pinterest & wedding blogs – This one is hard. There’s so much “inspiration” out there. You might be tempted 2 months away from your wedding, to change your color palette, or to add a feature wall DIY. Some small projects might be doable, but you have to be practical. Your wedding might not look like those in the blogs, and that’s TOTALLY OK! I read somewhere there’s no such thing as an imperfect wedding… each wedding is individual, special and perfect. So don’t worry about the details and don’t get distracted!