Welcome to the world of wedding planning! If you’ve never planned a wedding before (um, that would be most of us) you may have no clue where to start. Well, there are some pretty genius wedding planning hacks and tips to get you started. We reached out to our real life couples in our wedding planning Facebook group for their expert tips. We asked them to share their wedding planning hacks and they delivered. The tips below are all incredibly simple, but really smart, and will help you stay organised and on track with planning. Soon, you’ll start to feel like one of the pros!
Create a wedding email account
Create a free wedding Gmail address to store all your wedding-related correspondence. You could then filter your emails with labels on sections like flowers, photographer etc.
Pick something simple like [email protected].
Make use of spreadsheets
Keep a spreadsheet with names and contacts of all your suppliers, items bought, include deposit amount paid, balance details, totals etc. Have another spreadsheet for the names and addresses of guests. Include an RSVP column and a gift column so you can personalise your thank you cards after.
Include the dates and amounts of future payments so you can keep track of when you need to pay for different things. Cells can be coloured according to ‘have paid’ or ‘need to pay’. This format also acts as a bit of a to-do list.
Set up a free wedding website
Create a wedding website! It’s amazing for sharing information, location, Q&A etc. Some couples are not even doing printed invitations. You can do it all via email and you have a perfect view of who opened the email, who opened the invitation and eventually all the RSVPs.
Number your RSVP cards
If you are sending printed RSVP cards, be sure to number the RSVPs and have your list saved or written down. You’d be surprised at the number of invites that come back with no names.
Storing your written correspondence
Buy a folder or box to keep every contract and likes of receipts etc. I would still keep a spreadsheet noting the full costs, deposit paid and what’s left to pay, it’s a huge help.
Create a ‘brain dump’ list
Make a space for all your random wedding ideas that need to be stored somewhere. It can be a list on Trello, a note on your phone or a notepad with a personalised cover.
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Kelly is a former wedding planner and a lover of anything pink. She believes that any bride can plan her own wedding, with a few tips and helpful tools.