Wedding planning can be a very stressful time for a bride, with hundreds of tiny details that must all be attended for just the ceremony, not to mention travel arrangements, reception planning, assembling the wedding party and more. The key to making the task easier is effective planning, which can be achieved in a wide variety of ways. The following are some tips on how you can make wedding planning easier for everyone involved:
The Internet is one of the most powerful tools today, with technology to achieve almost any goal that one can imagine. Websites are valuable for wedding planning, with sites such as Pinterest that can help the bride with ideas, help her create mood boards for the event, and keep merchant sites organized.
Other websites can help the wedding planner (or the bride) save money, from eBay to Amazon to Craigslist. A search engine will help save time when there is a specific need in mind, such as finding fresh flowers within a certain mile radius or locating dealers of a particular designer wedding dress.
Similarly, many smartphones and iPhones offer applications that can help the planner or bride take notes or store information. Smartly-priced apps like iWeddingDeluxe or The Knot’s Ultimate Wedding Planner can help brides track tasks, find vendors, and monitor budgets—all using their smartphone.
Looking to go lower tech? A regular old binder is still a perfect way to organize everything that the bride needs to plan a wedding. For instance, a five-section tabbed binder can organize ideas into Purchased, Need to Purchase, Needs Research, Ideas, and To-Do. Within each tab the bride or planner can store pictures or documents, such as photos of dresses that the bride loves or floral arrangements that need to be ordered. Receipt storage in the binder can keep every project within a budget, and helps to ensure that everything gets purchased and nothing gets lost in the shuffle.
Finally, don’t forget to call on the help of your friends and family in the course of planning your wedding. No one has to deal with the complexity and complications of planning an entire wedding event on their own! Get crafty friends in the mix to help with favors, have a tech-genie cousin monitor the website, and get a second-opinion on venues, food and clothing from trusted close friends. Wedding planning can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! Just have fun, relax, and enjoy the ride.