Whether you are planning an over the top, grand wedding or keeping your day simple, there are many things that need to be done to have a successful event. The list goes on and on and can get overwhelming. Just the thought of it can lead to so much unneeded stress. Some tasks are meant to be done far before the wedding and some are meant to be done a week before. To keep track of all the details, I have come up with a few ways to stay organized.
Keep everything together:
Stay organized by keeping all important documents together. Get a binder or head to your google drive to collect all your inspiration, quotes, bills, invoices and notes. If you need to find a vendor quote or invoice, you will thank yourself when it is easy to find in a designated place.
Don’t throw anything away:
When it comes to documents, you don’t want to get rid of something then come to find out you need it. Keep track of all your invoices, bills and receipts for your budget.
Start a spreadsheet:
Keep up with your budget, guest count, rsvp’s and thank you notes with a spreadsheet. You can also apply mathematical formulas to keep track of your budget and expenses. In your google drive, you can access google sheets and make a spreadsheet there. These automatically save and you can share it with your planner.
Make a timeline:
Depending on how long your engagement is, you can start a timeline from 12 months out to 3 months out. A timeline will keep you on schedule and will let you know when you need to tackle the next task and inform you on upcoming deadlines. This can also serve as a checklist so you know you’re not missing anything. Take one task at a time.
I encourage you to take some time with your new fiancé and enjoy this new chapter but don’t let too much time pass without starting to plan the larger tasks, like date and venue. Once you know your time frame, you can begin to search for the vendors and feel confident they don’t have your day booked already.