Crucial First Steps to Stay Organised When You Plan Your Wedding

Wedding planning can get pretty hectic. Before you know it, you have folders upon folders of information, leaflets, business cards and scrawled notes. You don’t want to end up with a disorganised collection of bits and pieces, and no idea where to find all the important things you need. The best way to make sure that you stay organised through the whole thing is to start planning neatly from the very beginning. If you gather the right tools to keep everything in its place, you’ll be much more likely to get everything done on schedule and to budget. Use this guide to make the essential first steps that will help you stay on track.

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Paper or Technology?

The first thing you can do is decide whether you’re going to plan everything on paper or get technology involved. Chances are you’re going to end up doing a bit of both. There’s something methodical and soothing about writing things down on paper and filing them away. But sometimes you can’t beat a spreadsheet on the computer, especially when there’s money involved. For the paper part, let yourself go stationery crazy to gather all the right tools. Get a notebook like one of these Rachel Ellen wedding planners and a binder to put loose bits of paper in. You can buy dividers and sticky notes so you can separate things into different sections. On the computer, create a bookmarks folder in your browser for wedding sites (and perhaps a series of subfolders). Set up some spreadsheets for planning and budgeting.

Create a Schedule

Once you’ve set a date, the countdown will begin until the big day. You don’t want to leave everything until the last minute, so creating a schedule is one of the first things you can do. Think about when you’re going to need to book the venue in time to send out invitations with the correct information stagger all the tasks you need to complete. If you already have your eye on some service, make sure you don’t need to book them right away to ensure you can have them.

Set a Budget

Money is crucial when you’re planning your wedding, unless you’re one of the few people who doesn’t have to worry about it. Your budget is where a spreadsheet comes in handy because you can set cells up with formulas to work out all the maths for you. You likely have an overall budget in mind, but it’s also a good idea to allocate a certain amount to each part of the wedding. Don’t budget down to the last penny though. You never know if something might go over and you’ll be left short. Have a look at lots of different options instead of arbitrarily assigning an amount to anything. It’s no use saying you want to spend a few hundred pounds on something only to find you can’t get it for under a thousand.

Planning a wedding can be stressful, but let yourself have some fun too. The stress might be worth it, but it’s much better to enjoy the time leading up to your special day.

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