Planning a wedding can be stressful, time-consuming, and overwhelming at the best of times. But when you have a crazy-busy work schedule with long working hours and travel demands to juggle, it can feel downright impossible. But try not to panic! Wedding planners (and planning) can help! These time-saving wedding planning tips will help you plan your big day as efficiently as possible.
Hire a Wedding Planner
Hiring a full service wedding planner early in the process is one of the best decisions you can make. You’ll still have as much creative input into your big day as you want. However, your planner will take on all those time consuming tasks, like scheduling appointments and vendor communication, while making sure that everything is ready on time and on budget.
Use Trusted Vendors
Another reason a wedding planner is a great asset is that they are able to introduce you to the best vendors in the area. (This is especially useful if you’re planning a destination wedding!) Having a team of vendors who know their stuff and have worked together before will help things run super smoothly. So you can relax, knowing you’re in good hands!
Choose an On-site Venue
Some venues like a beach, park or private home require everything to be brought in. You can save a lot of extra planning by working with a venue that already has everything you need, from ceremony space to catering. Hotels and resorts are time-saving options for couples on the go.
You already know that organization is key to successfully managing any project. A wedding is no different. Keep all your wedding-related documents in one place, including notes and tear-sheets. Set up a dedicated email address for wedding correspondence. It’s also a good idea to create a master checklist early on, to help you keep track of priorities.
Use Tech to Help You
These days, there are so many apps and tools that can make wedding planning easier. You can organize everything from your registry to your seating chart online, keep track of RSVPs, or manage your budget. Use them, and you’ll save yourself a lot of time and energy.
Don’t Get Lost in Inspiration
Pinterest is another useful tool, but it’s easy to waste time you don’t have scrolling through endless inspirational images. Limit the time you spend on Pinterest or Instagram, and stay focused on your vision. Make firm decisions, and then move forward instead of constantly immersing yourself in ideas and seconding guesses.
You’ll be able to delegate much of the load to your wedding planner, but don’t be shy about involving family and friends as well. Often, they are only too happy to help lighten the work on you.
Forget the DIY
There’s a lot of pressure on modern couples to add a personal touch with DIY elements. Truthfully though, DIY is often more trouble than it’s worth and can be incredibly time consuming. There are lots of ways to make your wedding feel uniquely yours without breaking out the glue gun.
Use the Time You Have Carefully
At the busiest times in your wedding planning journey, you’ll need to maximize every spare minute you have. There’s a lot you can accomplish with minutes stolen here and there. For example, during lunch and coffee breaks, or travel time. This is another reason why being organized and using apps can really help, as you’ll always be ready to go.
Postpone the Honeymoon Planning
Trying to plan a major trip at the same time as your wedding can be a challenge. Sometimes it’s a good idea to focus on just one at a time. Many couples are waiting to take their honeymoon these days, giving them an opportunity to plan it separately. Just don’t wait too long – it is your honeymoon after all!
What has helped you save time so far?
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