Congratulations! You’re engaged! Now what?
After my brother proposed to his fiancé in Mexico a few short weeks ago, we have been thinking this very thing. Katie and I will be married 7 years this July and while we wouldn’t do it over, there are a few things we might have changed if we had had the time or the resources to do so one of these being a wedding checklist. At the time, we did the best with what we had and planning a wedding in a few short months can be tough, especially if you’re planning a wedding in a different town than where you life.
Planning a wedding can be difficult and since it generally it is a once-in-a-lifetime event, you can’t really lean on your past experience. All in all it can be overwhelming before you even get started, but having a plan and set of goals can make a world of difference. A wedding checklist with a timeline will give you a sense of accomplishment as you begin to cross items off your list. Simply knowing what you have to do in a recommended time will allow you the flexibility and freedom to enjoy the process of wedding planning. Not everyone is the same, so don’t be afraid to mix things up.
Since we love photographing laid back well organized brides, we thought we would give you some tips. After Katie helped plan not only her wedding but also helped in planning a Wausau wedding last year, she has learned a few things along the way. We hope to share some of our ideas, thoughts, anecdotes, near-horror stories, and real-life events as Wisconsin Wedding Photographers.
We also recommend setting up your first email together! This can be as simple as firstname.lastname@example.org – we prefer google gmail. This will automatically give you access to google docs where you can store vendor information and price lists and emails. Use this email exclusively for wedding planning. Start collecting family and friends contact information early. Importing contacts from your other email addresses is a place to start. We also recommend asking your parents if you can borrow their address book or family contact info. For us, this was one of our biggest challenges. Your save the dates will be your first test run. We will have tips for addressing these and wedding invitations in the very near future.
“Every minute you spend in planning saves 10 minutes in execution; this gives you a 1,000 percent Return on Energy!” ― Brian Tracy