Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Back on Track – and Back to Bold Wedding Planning

I know, I know…where have I been, right? Well, I have definitely been behind schedule with the wedding planning. I might be a courageous bride, one that likes to go outside the box, but I am also a tad bit on the OCD side when it comes to planning and it makes me shake knowing I am so far behind where I want to be with everything.

I have let so many "to-do’s" fall to the wayside lately. With my recent trip to Vegas and other work-related issues, I have been going home in the evening and crashing. But, with my future career goals, that just is not going to cut it.
So, on that topic, I figured I should offer some wedding planning time-management tips in this particular post. I have three that have lent me great success over the last year of planning:

1. Dry Erase Boards – without seeing the list in front of my face every time I go for the OJ in the fridge, I would have never stayed on track with my planning. If you don’t like a good dry board, try chalk, magnetic paper pads, etc. Just post that on the fridge my friend, because it will never fail.

2. Weekends – especially if you have a day job or in school, you need to make sure you set aside serious time on the weekends to get things done. This is when most of your appointments will need to be scheduled. The weekends are also the busiest days for most wedding vendors, so schedule your appointments with them in advance so they can also plan ahead. It is sometimes very, very tricky to find a time that works for both parties.

3. Track Yourself – If you are using email for most of your communications, create folders to track you communication. You will need to reference these more than you can imagine and this will save you mad amounts of time.

Now, I know some of these have been pounded into your heads already through bridal mags and other planning books, but these truly were three things that have paved the wave to the organized chaos that is my wedding.

My next post will focus on some fun transportation ideas for the chic bride!

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