A few months ago I was approached by Honeyfund to write a blog post for them and in return they had a blog post waiting for me to share. I’m really thankful for the opportunity and here is their guest post on our blog – –
You have always been an organized person. Multitasking is second nature to you. But the closer your wedding date gets, the more out of control you feel. Relax, it is not your fault. One person cannot coordinate guest, vendors, deliveries, caterers, entertainment, travel arrangements, a photographer, and a bridal party to magically come together at a particular time. Every person and every company have their own issues to deal with to ensure they are at the appointed place at the appointed time. Failure is not an option.
Time to call in the team
The number one thing you need to do is hire a wedding planner. Even if you are able to do everything yourself, you will not have time. Even a wedding planner will hire a wedding planner for her wedding. You have specific duties and the wedding planner has specific duties. Do not take on two major roles. That is like working two full time jobs. It simply will not work out the way you may have envisioned.
Next start focusing on your overall vision, your dress, the bridesmaids dresses, etc.
Set up your Honeyfund account. This is your free online bridal registry which will help you in your planning and the funding of the wedding. You do not have to have everything clear in your mind to get started. You can add items (like special honeymoon dates and candle light dinners on the beach) later when your plans are more final. But set it up early so you will not miss any opportunities. Your family and friends can gift you on your Honeyfund from the comfort of their home or office and everybody is happy.
Finally, treat your wedding as a business venture. Purchase business binder with clips and sections and organize every detail. Keep all of your receipts, notes, and contracts in this binder and guard it with your life.
Remember that your bridal party is made up of people you love and people who love you. Remember to be kind, thoughtful, and polite. Remember to thank them when they have taken their time and effort for you. The function of a bridesmaid is to attend to the needs of the bride. While the majority of the duties fall on the maid of honor, each member of the bridal party should be willing to assist. Whether that means mailing invitations, arranging flower donations to a nursing home after the wedding, or picking up your shoes from the mall. Ask your bridesmaids to help you and assign them duties as they have time to help.
Being organized for your wedding is not just a good thing, it is a critical thing. The organized bride has everything she needs at hand when she needs it. She is not searching for a necessary item that slipped her mind.
Be organized, but cut yourself some slack. If some little something goes wrong, you have two choices, laugh it off or ruin the honeymoon screaming and crying. The second option usually doesn’t end well. Life isn’t perfect, but you can be perfectly happy with a little effort.
photography by Nicole Weeks Photography