Four months to go, BABs!
I’ve always assumed I’d be one of those brides who was impossibly low-key and go-with-the-flow. And that has remained true for most things, but I’m finally starting to feel like things are creeping up on me; family and vendors are needing more and more details and decisions that haven’t been finalized.
Within the last two weeks or so questions from the officiant, cellist, photographer and venue have all started piling up, and I’ve been too overwhelmed and mentally exhausted from other things in life to tackle any of them.
In my head, it feels like we have a ton of time. But in reality, I know that we need to start making some of these decisions. If for no other reason than to get it checked off and move on. In order to maintain my sanity between wedding planning, two jobs, co-organizing a Meetup group, quarter-marathon race training and other social events, I really needed to get organized.
Planners specifically dedicated to weddings are fantastic. I have tried a few of them online, and they are extremely helpful. But for me, I need one place to keep work, wedding, volunteer, personal goals and social things all in one place. I know, it sounds a little Type A, but I needed a singular resource to avoid over-booking, forgetting or procrastinating. For some reason, I never latched on to using a calendar app. I like physically writing things, giving them due dates, highlighting and crossing things off. It’s sort of therapeutic.
I have gotten a lot of wedding planning use out of my Passion Planner. It’s given me a place to create monthly and weekly wedding-related goals, create work and personal to-do lists, and block out my time so that everything gets appropriate effort dedicated to it. I’ve used the notes section in the back to help with working out wedding timeline, schedules or to simply write notes as I think of them so they don’t get lost.
I have added my vendors’ needs into my planner and given them due dates so that when my day starts, I can easily schedule in a half-hour to dedicate to it. It’s so easy to get caught up in everyday things that planning begins to slip. Being deliberate about when I spend time on wedding things has been extremely helpful!
How do you juggle work and your personal life while wedding planning?
Now that we’re firmly past the holidays and you’re likely getting a start into wedding planning, it’s super easy to watch all those resolutions about staying organized crumble to pieces. Chaos and early wedding planning can be kind of synonymous as you begin hoarding magazines, books, clippings, samples, swag from bridal shows … it goes on. Before you know it, you could be buried under swatches and DIY projects with no respite in sight (I speak from experience, y’all). So get yo-self organized, and do it now. Here are five tools to help you get your shit together:
If you don’t have a solid, adorable, dedicated notebook just for wedding planning stop what you’re doing and go get one. You think I’m joking? I’m not. You will take notes. You will take a fuckton of notes. You’ll need to keep phone numbers, quotes, ideas, communications — everything, essentially — in one spot, and using many and varied scraps of paper just spells doom. We love Kate Spade, and a good hardcover spiral notebook like this is the perfect tool for anyone planning a wedding.
Multi-use pinboard / whiteboards can be a godsend when you’re trying to get your ducks in a row. Take notes about appointments, display pretty congratulatory cards or pin up swatches of your desired color palette so you can easily glimpse them. Also good for leaving your sweetie nice (or naughty) messages.
Wedding websites are important. Very important. But with the majority of people now relying on their mobile devices, you might also want to incorporate an app so that all the deets for your big day are accessible on phones and tablets as well as on desktops. For a nominal one-time fee set yourself up with a gorgeous design and highly functional website and app your guests can refer to rather than bug you.
Everything in its place, right? A solid storage area is a necessity for any DIY-er. Keep all those bits, baubles, ribbons, pins and what have you nicely stowed in a cute little throwback to old-school library days. Use the label holders to ensure you know what’s where.
Guys, I got these and I LOVE THEM. I always look forward to the new year so I can buy a new planner (geek, right?). It’s usually a pretty in-depth process for me, because I’m v. picky about how my planner looks and functions, since my whole life depends on it. When I stumbled on this bundle after browsing Etsy for seemingly hours, I knew I hit a goldmine. The financial planner is great for helping me track my finances, keep track of bills, know where I stand with credit cards and loans and see how close I am to my savings goals. The weekly planner has a monthly view that’s then broken down by week, allowing plenty of room for notes / appointments. And they’re not huge and bulky, so they’re a cinch to keep with me always.