Whether your big day is just around the corner, or you have months ahead of you, time is already running out! It is said that the devil is in the details and for busy couples trying to plan a wedding, those details can easily get out of hand and out of control. In this day and age, you are busy. We get it! Planning a wedding was perhaps the last thing on your mind until the moment you said ‘I Do!’
After those two beautiful words, reality hits and suddenly you have taken on a job in and of itself as you begin to put together your perfect day. To keep you and your soon-to-be spouse on track, here are 7 wedding planning tips for busy couples (that’s you!):
Tip 1: Set a budget
Before things get underway (and out of hand), set a budget. It doesn’t have to be rounded to the nearest dollar, but a range of what you can spend will help guide you through every step of the way. Contrary to what you may think, it is the budget, not you, that often has the final say. Setting a reasonable budget range will also help you prioritize the rest of your planning. Do you want to serve a 6-course meal or a luxury custom made wedding gown? Then you may have to send simpler wedding invitations. Don’t view your budget as a bad thing, consider it the roadmap for the rest of your planning.
Tip 2: Start early
The day you stand up and say, “I do” will be here before you know it! There is no such thing as ‘too early’ when it comes to planning your wedding. Set a date and narrow down your venue choices from there. Starting early doesn’t stop with setting a date. Getting a jump start on the simplest things will save you from feeling rushed at the last minute. Choose your colors, buy those napkins, and don’t push off anything for ‘later’ that you could do by the end of the week.
Tip 3: Consider an all-inclusive venue
While you are venue shopping, give special consideration to the places that have all-in-one packages. For the busy couple, these packages are worth every penny. It eliminates the time spent deliberating and shopping around without devaluing what you get. For those with a more modest budget, consider the venues that work with preferred vendors. It will take more time to put together, while still reducing the overall time that you spend. Working with a venue’s preferred vendor will also generally come at a discount – bonus!
Tip 4: Hire a wedding planner
One of the best things that a busy couple can do for themselves and their wedding is to hire a wedding planner. We’ll let you in on a secret . . . some of the venues will have preferred planners . . . Thanks to the advancement of today’s technology, gone are the days you have to have scheduled meetings in the office reviewing binders of wedding supplies and designs.
With the rise of telecommuting, wedding planners can often meet you and your partner on your time and ‘turf’, via electronic communication, video calls, Skype calls and more. For those who opt out of using a wedding planner, the next best thing you can do for yourself is to invest in some type of organizational platform for your wedding. Purchase a wedding checklist notebook or invest in an online account that acts as a virtual wedding guide. Anything that helps to keep you on track and on top of all of the details will be worth having.
Tip 5: DDIY (Don’t Do It Yourself)
Ah, Pinterest . . . the beautiful nemesis to any busy woman trying to balance work, life, and planning of any sort. Do yourself a favor and don’t get sucked into the “I’ll just do it myself” mentality. The truth is, you are busy and crafting takes time. Browse, be inspired, share pictures, and then let someone else make it look pretty.
Tip 6: Give yourself downtime
One of the most important things to keep in mind as you and your partner plan your big day is you and your partner. In the midst of planning and selecting, and crossing things off and adding things to your list, set aside moments to breathe. This will help you keep your planning on track and reduce the number of times you will feel overwhelmed. Planning a wedding is stressful. If you and your fiancé are busy, hardworking people it can seem even extra stressful. Combat the stress by being prepared and sharing the work as often as you can. Don’t sweat the details and know that at the end of the day, after you both have said, “I Do”, your day will be one to remember.