Staying Organized Through the Planning Process

As all you brides- & grooms-to-be know, wedding planning can get extremely overwhelming at times. There are SO many things to consider, so much information to absorb, and so many forms of inspiration that it’s often really easy to lose sight of your vision and what you and your partner really want most out of your big day (besides marrying the love of your life, of course!).

So here are some tips on staying as organized and focused throughout the process as possible.

Think about what you and your partner are most passionate about or have in common and how these things can be incorporated into your big day.

Do you love to travel? Are you big foodies? Obsessed with video games? Music? The color blue? Of course not every wedding needs to be themed, but thinking of things that are meaningful to you guys and figuring out how to incorporate these ideas into the wedding will give you some focus/direction in your vision and will let your personalities shine through.

Couple showing their love of Mario Bros! / Image via TheKnot.com / Photo by Life is Art Photography

List making should become a new hobby.

I tend to get a bit OCD when it comes to making lists (I make a list for everything. EVERYTHING.), but I believe it’s one of the things that has kept me sane and focused in this wedding-planning process. However you prefer making your lists, find what’s best for you and stick with it. I love Google because not only is it a great search tool, but I really like how much of a one-stop shop it is. If you have a Google account for any of their products, one log-in gives you access to Gmail, Google+, Picasa, Blogger, and the best part, Drive, Google’s cloud-based storage program. Here you can access Google Docs, which are very basic versions of Microsoft Office products. I use this to make spreadsheets and word-processor documents comparing vendors side by side (FYI, I still have these templates and am more than happy to share with anyone who needs them!), making lists of upcoming tasks and more.

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Keep track of all physical copies of signed contracts in your wedding binder.

Or if you prefer to keep things digital since a lot of your vendor communication will most likely happen via email in this day and age, create a folder on your computer for your contracts AND back up the files on a Cloud-based service (like Google Drive). You’ll thank me later when you don’t have to frantically search for the most recent versions of your contracts!

Don’t be afraid to create multiple boards on Pinterest to keep track of your ideas/inspiration.

I will delve deeper into my love for Pinterest in the next post, but in the meantime, if you only have one Pinterest board for all things wedding, I recommend breaking this out and creating boards by subject. For example, I have boards for wedding looks, flowers, ceremony & reception decor, bridesmaids’ dresses, wedding dresses, groom style, and much more. Here’s another tip—we had FH’s iPad during all of our vendor meetings, so I logged in to my Pinterest account when we met with the florist to show her the types of centerpieces and bouquets I liked best. She really understood my vision, and we were able to come up with ideas right there.

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More of my various wedding boards on Pinterest

My last piece of advice—if there are times you find yourself just completely overwhelmed with all things wedding, close your laptop/bridal magazine/wedding binder, take a step back, breathe, and go do something, anything else, you enjoy. Eat a piece (or bar) of chocolate, catch up on Scandal or The Walking Dead, go to Zumba, Skype with your bestie, cook an amazing meal, go shopping.

Regardless of what you do, step away from the computer and avoid the overwhelming urge to get your Pin on. ;)

BLOGGER

Mrs. Mongoose

Location:
New Haven, CT
Wedding Date:
May 2013
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    bat 285 posts, Helper bee @ 4:27 pm

    Wow, you are a Pinterest champ girl! I actually never started a wedding board (I admit, I never really figured out the “point” of pinterest and got bored of it quickly!) but yours looks great!!

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    panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:49 pm

    It definitely has been difficult keeping up with all of the things you have to remember about planning a wedding. I wish I was more organized

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 6:52 pm

    if you’re a list maker, download the “clear it” app. i’m addicted.

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 7:03 pm

    @Miss Gray Wolf: Aw man, I just checked the Android market and it’s not there. I do have a list-making app on my phone that I do love though.
    @Miss Bat: Thank you! Be glad you haven’t gotten sucked in–it’s addicting.

    @panda: What’s been working for you to keep track of everything?

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    AudreyDou 5 posts, Newbee @ 10:54 pm

    Good article, I like the idea, and I know another pinterest account which has many things related to wedding stuffs, maybe you’ll interest in this.
    http://www.pinterest.com/qualitybridals.com

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    bracelet 1419 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:12 am

    I definitely second your advice on Pinterest and GoogleDrive – those shared lists with Mr. B were central to our wedding planning!

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