Your wedding should represent both of you as a couple.
Organization is key when planning your own wedding. You can use spreadsheets or one of the many wedding planning management apps or programs out there. Just find what works best for you and stick with it. Just remember that even with the most meticulous planning and organization system, there is bound to be some chaos from time to time. The most important thing to keep in mind: Try to have some fun! This is your wedding after all!
And for more specific info on what to do the week before your wedding, check out our guide here! With more than 20 years of planning weddings and events for top Hollywood personalities think Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, and so many more , her best-selling The Wedding Book, and line of stylish bridal flats with Rollasole, Mindy is the ultimate authority on planning an unforgettable wedding. Your budget will be the driving factor for many of your wedding-related decisions, so this should be one of the first things you tackle.
Is it the food? The booze? The DJ?
Prioritize those details and be willing to compromise on the rest. This will help you stay within your budget. With so many sources of inspiration out there, it can be a bit overwhelming.
Get a good sense of the type of style you like—translate that into something you can show your vendors. Don't feel like you're in this wedding planning process alone. Once you decide on your wedding style, try to stay focused on that. Something like Mindy's The Wedding Book will include tons of expert advice, tips and tricks and even examples of timelines and checklists.
There are also some great programs and apps out there that can keep you organized. You can find tons of examples online broken down by the months, weeks or even days. Find one and adapt it to your own wedding. It may be enticing to book the first photographer or florist you meet, but take a step back and weigh all your options before making any quick decisions.
Are you envisioning a spring garden wedding? Or do you want to be surrounded by gorgeous autumn leaves on your big day? Your wedding guests, and even your family members, will have a lot of questions for you.
Avoid getting endless emails, text messages, and voicemails from your guests by putting up a wedding website where they can check out the details of your wedding and even have a day-of itinerary that lets them know where they need to be and when they need to be there. Photo by Madison Lee Cakes. It will be much easier to make design decisions and will make things look cohesive.
Photo by Sayher Heffernan. This can be a pretty harrowing process and one that will depend largely on your venue and budget.
Your bridesmaids and groomsmen are there for emotional and tactical support through your wedding planning process. Choose friends and family you can trust and who you truly want standing next to you during this monumental occasion. Did you just attend a wedding you really enjoyed?
Chat with that couple! They probably have some expert tips and tricks for you. Sometimes friends and family are the best source. Build a team of people you really vibe well with. They should have a good sense of your vision and you should be able to trust them to execute it well. Courtesy The Cup Bearer. Be sure to investigate prices from vendors before you sign on the dotted line.
If there's a vendor and a package price that you like, always look for a second opinion.
Ask around and see what over vendors are charging before agreeing on a price. This is important! Be sure to read through every detail of your contracts with vendors. Make sure all the details are correct, and read through important things like payment and cancellation policies before signing.
Planning a wedding and a honeymoon at the same time can be expensive, but also very time consuming. Consider taking time off between your wedding and your honeymoon so that you can save up and reset the button on your planning priorities. It helps to just focus on one thing at a time. Be sure to delegate some tasks to take some of the load off of you. DIY can be cost-effective and can add some nice personal touches to your big day. Feel free to go the DIY route with things that can be done well in advance, like favors, table numbers, etc. For things like flowers or food that need to be done close to the wedding date, professional help is best.
Whether you want to broadcast your wedding to the world or have an unplugged wedding, strategy is key. Hashtags, signage and photo booths are a great way to get guests posting on social. With all of the wedding traditions that people tell you that you should have at your wedding, be sure to plan in some personal traditions too. You can think of this exercise as a way to figure out what makes a wedding feel like a wedding to each of you.
Pin it to your Pinterest board, or put it on your fridge and just follow the general big picture steps. Funny story about how I forgot that I had to pay for postage on our wedding invitations, hahahaha sob. However, you might be planning over two years, or two months. There is nothing particularly magical about a twelve-month planning period.
Likewise, remember that just because something is on the list, it does not mean that you have to do it. Go crazy.
Then feel free to reorder things. Many a giant ball gown has been returned when the drive-through chapel in Vegas was picked as the venue… So start here, and make it you. Oh right, and the APWPlanner has a lot more detail on this whole planning thing, so probably pick that up. And if you want to print it out, well lookit! We made you a free printable wedding checklist with boxes you can check off and everything. And if you want to plan on the go, our printable checklist integrates perfectly with the free, customizable checklist on the Zola Weddings app , so you can access and update your list anytime and anywhere.
They will even personalize your checklist to your religion or culture and then autofill your to-do list accordingly. Pretty amazing list, huh? This post was sponsored by Zola.