Whether you’re planning a large, festive wedding or a simple, intimate ceremony, planning a wedding can be a difficult task that takes a lot of time and patience - especially if you don’t have any experience planning a large-scale event. Between venues, flowers, wedding favors, and everything in between, planning a wedding can be chaotic, and it’s almost guaranteed that an important event or detail may get overlooked by accident. To help you keep a level head and a clear mind when planning your dream day in 2020, here are 5 ways to stay organized.

5 Ways to Stay Organized When Planning Your Wedding in 2020

Keep it old fashioned - make a list

If you’re not tech-savvy, there’s nothing wrong with doing all of your planning using paper and pen. Just make sure to keep all of your notes in one place, such as a single notebook or a three-ringed binder. The benefits of this method is that you can visualize and interact with your notes, and you can include everything from a calendar with important dates and milestones marked to pages with cutouts of possible themes, dresses, decorations, and wedding favors. Take some time to sit down with your partner and delegate different tasks and discuss the planning milestones you want to reach. Communication is one of the most important aspects of staying organized.  

Find the fine line between clear, friendly communication and small talk

On the topic of communicating, how you do it is just as important as how often you do it. When communicating - whether it’s with the wedding party or vendors - it’s important to remain friendly and approachable while also staying focused and professional. Otherwise, you may find that things such as bridesmaids getting their dresses or venue tours aren’t getting done when you would like them to be. 

Share the workload

Your friends and family want to help you, so make sure you let them. You’re only one person, and it’s impossible to take everything on by yourself and expect it to get done. Instead, plan a meeting with everyone who is willing to pitch in some time and split up some tasks. It’s important to establish a clear timeline with each person so that everything is ready.

Don’t procrastinate 

Planning a wedding takes a lot of time, so the earlier you start the better. If you set your wedding date three months in advance, don’t wait until a month and a half before the date to start working. Starting early allows you to have the time to work through things slowly while also giving vendors enough time to do their best job.

Plan time in your schedule for planning

You’re never going to have that free time that you promised yourself you would plan during. Instead, plan a quarter-hour or so each day to dedicate to planning and only planning. By making planning itself a task, you’ll find that you’ll be much more driven and will be able to organize your thoughts and what needs to be done better.