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Wedding planning involves juggling multiple balls in the air at once. Organization is key to making

sure you don’t forget important details, various appointments, and all the steps leading up to the big

day. There are several ways to stay organized. Find out what works best for you and stick with it.

Staying organized will reduce stress as well as make wedding planning more enjoyable.  

 

1. Use a Wedding Checklist

 

Online checklists are pre-defined wedding to-do lists that help you keep track of all your tasks. Wedding

planning checklists like this one also give you a rough estimate on when each task needs to be completed.

For example, 7-12 months before your wedding, you’ll want to book your venue, choose who’s part of your

wedding party, and start a guest list. You can also create your own monthly goals or a checklist of what you

plan to accomplish each month; this way tasks are spread apart and you’re not surprised or overwhelmed

with last-minute errands.

 

 

2. Buy a Wedding Planner Book

 

If you’re more of a hands-on person, you may prefer a wedding planning book instead of online checklists or

wedding apps. Wedding planners allow you to store everything in one place. Most wedding planning books

include a wedding planning checklist, budget worksheet, budget tips, and advice on décor, rentals, and etiquette.

Some planners have a pocket included for receipts and other documents you may want to keep. Here’s a popular

planner that can be purchased on Amazon: The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner and Organizer by Carley Roney.

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3. Take Advantage of Free Wedding Apps

 

Listed below are three popular wedding apps. A wedding app is a great tool since you have 24/7 access to your

files, given you have a phone and Wi-Fi connection. This allows you to plan on the go and keep your ideas and

to-do lists all in one spot.

 

Wedding Planner by the Knot app allows you to create a free wedding website and registry. It also has a guest

list manager, a quiz to find out your wedding style, a wedding countdown calendar, a customized spending plan

based on your budget, a vendor search tool, and a wedding checklist. This is personally my favorite app!

Wedding Planner by WeddingWire app lists over 200,000 local wedding professionals, wedding price estimates

from different vendors, and 3D tours of venues. This app also allows you to manage your guest list, connect with

other engaged couples, and keep track of your wedding budget (shows costs and how much you have paid) and

tasks (shows the percent complete).

 

Zola Weddings app allows you to create a wedding website where you can share pictures, stories, and wedding

details. You can also create a registry, a wedding checklist with notifications, and a guest list where you can request

addresses, track RSVP’s and gifts, and communicate with your guests.

 

4. Consider Hiring an Event or Wedding Planner

 

There are multiple benefits to hiring a wedding planner. If you have a hectic schedule or really don’t know where

to start, a professional planner can offer you great advice and ideas and lighten your load. A wedding planner can

help you stick to your budget, plan out your schedule, communicate with vendors, expose you to new ideas, give

you insider knowledge, inform you of what’s currently in-style, and assist you on the big day. For more information

on wedding planners, see the Blog “The Pros and Cons of a Wedding Planner.”

 

5. Get Support

 

Split tasks with your fiancé and/or work on them together. For example, you can take care of décor and wedding

attire and your fiancé can book the limo, music, and research honeymoon locations. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

Chances are most people are more than happy to make your wedding day special and beautiful.

 

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