Planning the big day of your dreams is of course an epic task. According to this research by Wedsites, most engaged couples spend 12 to 18 months – or 200 to 500 hours – planning their weddings, which means you’ll need to stay focused to keep on top of that checklist and reach those planning milestones.
To help you on your way, we’re here to reveal our top tips for staying focused throughout the wedding planning process.
Make lists upon lists
Writing everything down is a great way to stay organised throughout the planning process. Whether you choose to do that digitally via one of these top wedding planning apps or good old-fashioned pen and paper is your selected medium, curating checklists will ensure those planning tasks get done on time and within budget.
Adopting a colour-coded system will refine your to-do list further. You can have a colour for each vendor or area of wedding planning. Coordinating your list with a monthly calendar is another excellent option for keeping track of all those wedding-related appointments, payments and follow-ups.
Don’t do it alone
Your partner isn’t the only source of support during the wedding planning process. Your VIPs – i.e. your bridesmaids and groomsmen – can, and should, be enlisted to help lessen the burden of planning. Assign roles early and dish out your duties so you can focus on the job at hand.
When delegating to your nearest and dearest, don’t leave anything to chance – it’ll only cause stress and tension as your big day draws closer. Communicate clearly about what you expect each individual to accomplish and by when to ensure you can tick off those to-dos confidently.
Keep ‘wedmin’ separate
While we’re on the topic of communication, keeping your wedding admin or ‘wedmin’ separate is a must for staying focused and organised. One very simple way of doing just that is by creating a separate email address as Hitched explains:
“Make a separate email address that you both have access to purely for wedding correspondence. This means you can sign up for things with abandon without worrying about your normal email address getting spammed, and all your essential information with your vendors can be in one place that’s easily accessed by both of you. It also means once your wedding is over, you won’t have to worry about unsubscribing from lots of lists!”
Having a separate contact list full of your who’s whos of wedding planning is another fantastic idea for maintaining focus when organising your wedding vendors and VIPs.
Take a break – yes, really!
Wedding planning burnout is a genuine issue for couples, and those suffering from burnout are more likely to lose focus and enthusiasm for wedding planning as well as let tasks slide. Taking a break regularly with your partner and avoiding all talk of wedding planning is the key to looking after your body, mind and relationship in the midst of all the chaos.
Check out these great date night ideas for couples looking for a little respite from wedding planning.