Stress-Free Wedding Planning
Wedding planning involves juggling multiple balls in the air at once. Organization is key to making
sure you don’t forget important details, various appointments, and all the steps leading up to the big
day. There are several ways to stay organized. Find out what works best for you and stick with it.
Staying organized will reduce stress as well as make wedding planning more enjoyable.
1. Use a Wedding Checklist
Online checklists are pre-defined wedding to-do lists that help you keep track of all your tasks. Wedding
planning checklists like this one also give you a rough estimate on when each task needs to be completed.
For example, 7-12 months before your wedding, you’ll want to book your venue, choose who’s part of your
wedding party, and start a guest list. You can also create your own monthly goals or a checklist of what you
plan to accomplish each month; this way tasks are spread apart and you’re not surprised or overwhelmed
with last-minute errands.
2. Buy a Wedding Planner Book
If you’re more of a hands-on person, you may prefer a wedding planning book instead of online checklists or
wedding apps. Wedding planners allow you to store everything in one place. Most wedding planning books
include a wedding planning checklist, budget worksheet, budget tips, and advice on décor, rentals, and etiquette.
Some planners have a pocket included for receipts and other documents you may want to keep. Here’s a popular
planner that can be purchased on Amazon: The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner and Organizer by Carley Roney.
3. Take Advantage of Free Wedding Apps
Listed below are three popular wedding apps. A wedding app is a great tool since you have 24/7 access to your
files, given you have a phone and Wi-Fi connection. This allows you to plan on the go and keep your ideas and
to-do lists all in one spot.
Wedding Planner by the Knot app allows you to create a free wedding website and registry. It also has a guest
list manager, a quiz to find out your wedding style, a wedding countdown calendar, a customized spending plan
based on your budget, a vendor search tool, and a wedding checklist. This is personally my favorite app!
Wedding Planner by WeddingWire app lists over 200,000 local wedding professionals, wedding price estimates
from different vendors, and 3D tours of venues. This app also allows you to manage your guest list, connect with
other engaged couples, and keep track of your wedding budget (shows costs and how much you have paid) and
tasks (shows the percent complete).
Zola Weddings app allows you to create a wedding website where you can share pictures, stories, and wedding
details. You can also create a registry, a wedding checklist with notifications, and a guest list where you can request
addresses, track RSVP’s and gifts, and communicate with your guests.
4. Consider Hiring an Event or Wedding Planner
There are multiple benefits to hiring a wedding planner. If you have a hectic schedule or really don’t know where
to start, a professional planner can offer you great advice and ideas and lighten your load. A wedding planner can
help you stick to your budget, plan out your schedule, communicate with vendors, expose you to new ideas, give
you insider knowledge, inform you of what’s currently in-style, and assist you on the big day. For more information
on wedding planners, see the Blog “The Pros and Cons of a Wedding Planner.”
5. Get Support
Split tasks with your fiancé and/or work on them together. For example, you can take care of décor and wedding
attire and your fiancé can book the limo, music, and research honeymoon locations. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!
Chances are most people are more than happy to make your wedding day special and beautiful.