Wedding Organisational Tips
I am a big believer in lists. I make lists for everything from shopping to household bills, film recommendations to daily to do lists. It helps me organise my thoughts and it’s also very satisfying to tick things off when you’ve done them.
For the wedding I’ve got both electronic lists i.e. spreadsheets for wedding budget and wedding guests as well as paper lists of things I note down whenever I think of them. I also cannot recommend highly enough using pinterest to keep a record of visual ideas. This includes ideas I can steal such as wedding themes and décor as well as things like wedding dress inspiration. I then organise the boards under subjects i.e wedding – dresses, wedding – décor, wedding – invites etc. I also take photos on my phone of things in magazines and upload them to pinterest. I would recommend investing in a sturdy note book to keep in your handbag, so you can write down those random thoughts when you’re on the move; such as guests you’ve forgotten or the phone number of that guy who supplied the hog roast at a wedding you went to.
This week, it’s a year to go until our wedding and we have organised quite a lot of the big stuff. See below for a rough guide as to what you should have expected to have done at this stage:
Wedding Planner – 1 year to go
- Decide on a date
- Decide on bridesmaids and groomsmen
- Set your budget
- Make an appointment to see the vicar (church wedding) or registrar (civil marriage)
- Draw up a guest list
- Book the wedding reception venue or marquee
- Book the transport
- Book the florist
- Start to look at wedding dresses or meet with wedding dress designers
- Confirm bookings in writing or email
Wedding Budget Planner
As our wedding day is split to 3 parts – wedding ceremony guests, day guests and evening guests with restrictions on numbers for both ceremony and day, it is important to keep an exact record of numbers. I find it easier to keep a record of wedding guests in a spreadsheet rather than relying on my trusty book.
I also have a wedding budget spreadsheet to keep track of costs. You can download an excel, word or pdf version of the wedding budget planner below:
Other Free Wedding Resources
Wedding Fairs – quite often free entry and a great way to see what’s on offer and get inspiration http://www.weddingfairs.com/
West Weddings free wedding magazine – http://www.west-weddings.co.uk/
See the previous post in the series A Guide to Planning a DIY Wedding on a Budget | Budgeting Tips #1
Visit the Party Packs website for wedding decorations, wedding tableware, wedding invites, wedding favours, photo booth props and other wedding supplies.
Visit the Party Packs Pinterest board for wedding ideas and inspiration