Most couples know that planning a wedding is a LOT of work. There are guest lists to manage, vendors to choose, and much, much more…so much more, in fact, that planning a wedding might feel like a full-time job! And while this “job” is one you’re probably excited to do, there’s one other item on your to-do list that can get in the way of your wedding plans: your REAL job.
How do you balance work, life, and wedding planning? How do you get your regular duties done when you’ve got a wedding on the brain? Here are a few simple tips that will help you maximize your time and plan your wedding—even when you’re on your lunch break!
Planning a wedding usually means keeping track of many different appointments: the cake tasting, the dress fitting, the meeting with the officiant—the list goes on. How are you supposed to remember all these commitments? The long answer will vary from couple to couple, but the short answer is simple: organize!
Find an organizational system that works for you and your soon-to-be husband or wife. It can be a shared online calendar, a detailed spreadsheet, or a bunch of sticky notes stuck to the fridge—whatever will help you remember your appointments. Then, use your lunch breaks to put that system into action! Build the spreadsheet, update the calendar, write out those Post-its! This is a quick and easy process that will make you feel like your lunch was well spent AND will make the rest of the planning process easier.
There was a time when the only way to get wedding inspiration was to buy a towering stack of bridal magazines. But these days, wedding inspo is everywhere you look. Sites like Pinterest are full of wedding content. Celebrities and influencers are showing off their weddings on social media. With just a few clicks of your mouse, you can find inspiration for just about any wedding theme you can imagine.
If you’re not sure how you want your big day to look, your lunch break is the perfect time to do a little research. Browse a few wedding planning websites. Take a look at a Pinterest post or two. The internet is a treasure trove of ideas, so you’re bound to find something that strikes your fancy.
Call Some Vendors
One thing no one tells you when you start planning a wedding is just how much time you’ll spend on the phone. You have to call potential vendors to get price quotes, call them to set up meetings, call them with questions about contracts, call with updates to your order. These days, it seems like no one wants to spend time actually talking on the phone (especially not millennials). This is why your lunch break is a great time to knock out this unpleasant task.
Since your lunch break is a finite chunk of time, so there’s no risk of getting sucked into your task for hours. You can make a few quick calls, ask the questions you need to ask, and get right back to work! Just like that, you’ve crossed a few items off your to-do list and you didn’t even waste your free time sitting around on hold.
Address Your Invites
One of the most tedious parts of the wedding planning process is addressing your invitations. These little beauties are often hand-addressed, which means you have the joy of writing out hundreds of addresses plus your return address…over and over again. If you want to avoid a last-minute addressing marathon (and the massive hand cramp that goes with it), consider using your lunch break to tackle this simple, yet strenuous, task.
Break your guest list down into manageable chunks (no need to bring all the invites to work at once), and spend your lunch break addressing a few envelopes each day. After a week or two (depending on the size of your list), your envelopes will be beautifully written and ready for the mailbox! Doing this monotonous task during your lunch hour also frees up your time after work, so you can focus on more fun and exciting wedding planning tasks.
Obviously, there are some tasks that are impossible to accomplish on your lunch break. However, you can make serious headway on the wedding planning process by tackling the small stuff with that little bit of free time! By utilizing your time wisely, you can avoid stress AND ensure you get the wedding of your dreams.
So, the next time you’re scrolling Instagram on your break, consider squeezing in just a little wedding planning. But remember: whatever you do, try not to feel too overwhelmed. Yes, wedding planning is a big job, but it’s totally doable—and totally worth it.