Post # 1
I feel like I have a billion things to do, and my mind is going in so many different directions. My wedding is April 21, 2012. I have put together a binder and have a lot of folders on my computer with “wedding stuff”. What ways have you gotten better organized? Did you use any sort of checklist that helped significantly? Help! I know being stressed is inevitable, but I’m hoping to limit it as much as I can.
Post # 3
i created a timeline of when things should be done by. it’s in a google docs document. i can share it with you if you have a gmail account.
Post # 4
I used the one on theknot, but the projectwedding one seems more comprehensive so i bounce between the two to make sure there isn’t anything i may have missed. your actual to do list will be much fuller because of all of the odds and ends you have to do along the way. i made myself monthly checklists of stuff that i had to get done and that helped keep me sane.
Post # 6
When I started planning my wedding I did the booking things first. Found my photographer, ceremony and reception location, dj, videographer, florist, etc. This made it easier for me to pick who I wanted without worrying if they were booked or not. I felt having the things booked ASAP made me feel more accomplished and less stressed. After everything was booked I started going wedding gown and bridesmaid dress shopping. I am very detail oriented so I think that the things that HAVE to be booked are more important than searching for a wedding gown because you can always order a wedding gown, but if your favorite photographer gets booked for your wedding date then you are screwed.
Post # 7
I used the checklist on The Knot. They recommend things a little too early but it at least helped me figure out which order I should be doing things. We started with venue first (which included our caterer) and then vendors in order of how many events we thought they could book in a day. (Photographer, DJ, Officiant, Florist, Cake). We’ve also been buying things we can store for a while so we can spread out the costs. For that, we just made a checklist of things to buy: toasting flutes, cake knife, garter, ring pillow, flower girl basket, card box, table numbers, presents, etc… We’ve been slowly buying all of those things, making sure to hit up sales (Michael’s 40% off coupons, Bevmo Wine Sale, Wedding Channel Deal, Groupon.)
Post # 8
Yeah I used the Knot too, and I would agree that booking places and getting a guestlist together is where you need to start.
Post # 9
the wire also uses the same programming.
best online tools I’ve found so far. I also keep a folder of hard copy stuff – contracts, menu’s etc on my bookcase for easy access.
Post # 10
I agree with using theknot for their timeline. Just to keep myself on track. Martha’s website has some great planning tools and ideas but especially the seating chart.
Booking the bigger vendors is a good next step. And def, in the beginning of planning, take a look around the Bee and everyone’s DIY stuff, Gallery’s, Recap’s, etc because you will get a lot of GREAT ideas and tutorials on how to get it done. So worth it. 🙂
Post # 11
I’m using a spiral-bound wedding planner that they were handing out at the bridal show I went to. I cut out all the advertising pages, and it’s quite good… If overly detailed. It has a checklost and timeline in the front.
Post # 12
I used a project plan which is what I use when I manage projects. It is so awesome it calculates the duration a task will take to complete and dependencies and then spits out a schedule. It is Microsoft Project. LOVE!!! I also have checklists. Let me know if you want the checklist. It is in excel and I can send to you.
Post # 13
Awesome response! Thank you guys so much! If you have templetes I would love if you could send them to [email protected]
Post # 14
@bebefly: I agree the martha stewart weddings checklist is the best. You can add or subtract, it is very user friendly, and comprehensive.
Post # 15
My fiance and I have decided to elope…I know, not as romantic, but we wanted the super long honeymoon. However-I had already prepared an extensive (and I mean EXTENSIVE) checklist compiled from different checklists out there aiming at a destination wedding (although you could tailor it to any kind, I suppose). Please email me and I’ll send it to you. It’s an Excel document, FYI, and large. Good luck and congratulations to all!