by Susana Rodriguez creator of the Goal Digger Planner
Planning a wedding can and will be one of the most exciting and stressful things you will ever do. The idea of getting together your loved ones in an event that somehow has to be the most meaningful and fun event you’ve ever attended, definitely adds pressure. But who doesn’t like a challenge? I know I do.
With all the details that go in place, you better have a system. And although technology is on our side, some people like myself love the idea of pen and paper. Now, can a simple (not wedding) planner help you plan your ideal wedding? I believe so!
When designing the Goal Digger Planner, I took in consideration the dreamers. And I believe that a girl planning her wedding is the ultimate dreamer…. Besides, planning the rest of your life in a few months need some help and if it comes in gold and pink colors, I’ll take it.
So here are 5 ways to use a Weekly Planner to Plan your wedding
Set a time for planning
Although planning the wedding is fun and exciting, you shouldn’t let it take your whole life while it’s happening. By setting specific times of the week for wedding planning, bot you and your fiancé will know when to talk about it, and that way, your dates don’t become wedding planning sessions. Remember to always take care of your relationship.
The “My ideal week schedule” page on the Goal Digger Planner can help you set your week with chunks of time for wedding planning, dates, work, and even vendors meetings if you have specific time on the week that would be ideal. That way, when you call a vendor, you can try to schedule that specific time.
Break it down
The idea of planning the biggest day of your life, where you will feed and entertain dozens of people, while wearing the most luxurious and expensive dress you’ve ever worn and committing for life to the man of your dreams sounds almost impossible to plan out. That’s why breaking the big day into mini goals sounds more doable. Based on your timeline, you will know what you should be doing 8-12, 6-8, 4-5 months before the wedding and so forth. While you can find that in your wedding book, it’s extremely important that you break it down in your daily planner.
The Goal Digger Planner has a space to write monthly mini goals and that is a great space to mark down the big things you should have done by that month.
I.e.: Your wedding is November 12, 2016, you better mark in big words that a major May goal is to order your dress.
No doubt about it, planning a wedding can get pretty expensive. So unless you two have been smart enough that you already have plenty of savings, or have a set of parents that will foot the whole bill, you might need a savings plan to get this all done.
One of the best ways to keep you accountable is to have realistic and specific money goals.
At the beginning of each week, write down how much you will save. To keep you inspired you can start a countdown to you goal. Seeing the number growing definitely keeps you inspired, and that is the way to start a Monday. At least I would be inspired!
Of course, a weekly planner also serves as a personal assistant. Make sure to write down all your meetings and to do’s. Having posts its all over can be overwhelming, and you can easily miss an important meeting that might be hard to reschedule if your vendors are busy. Adding payments due-dates and important calls to make, will avoid rushing last minute.
Carry the important stuff
In between pages as bookmarks or in the back pocket keep a photo of you two. That will remind you how amazing is to plan the rest of your life.
They say “when you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. So if you take control of the things you can while planning your wedding, the unexpected will be handled with less stress. This is a blissful moment… enjoy every second and Always remember the reason for all this planning is that you found your true love.
Susana Rodriguez is a wedding planner based on DC who enjoys talking to brides on her Podcast Hey Bride. She also designed the Goal Digger Planner 2016, a goal-based monthly/weekly planner. When not setting goals or working with Brides, she enjoys getting to know the Nation’s Capital, brunch with friends and serious TV-show binging sessions.
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