On average, a typical wedding with a 12-month planning timeline takes about 200-300 hours! That's insane! A lot of things have to come together to make the day go perfectly! Many vendors (as many as 15 or more) have to all come together and be on the same page! If that's not overwhelming enough if you don't have a full-time wedding planner (or even if you do!) you will need some kind of organization system to keep your sanity as you embark on this journey of wedding planning!
Look no further, below I list a few options! If you only take away one thing from this post, take this: STAY CONSISTENT IN YOUR ORGANIZING METHOD! I can not stress this enough!
A full-time planner
If your anything like me, you need everything in one place! I need a physical planner that I can write everything down in! A full-time planner as a wedding organizer is a great tool, especially if you already have one (hello Type A's)! A full-time planner will allow you to have everything from your dentist appointment, to your cake tasting, venue walk-through, your work trip, bridal fitting, down to your girl's night, call with the DJ, etc... It is where you keep EVERYTHING.
The only downside to this is method is if your planner is jammed pack with your everyday tasks. Wedding planning is going to take up room, so be sure you have a large enough planner to allow for this!
If you have a digital planner (like Google Calendar) or use the calendar on your phone, this won't take up any more space than normal! Just one warning! Be careful that you click on each day and scroll through the entire day, so you don't miss anything!
The biggest bonus to a digital planner is the alarm and/or reminder feature! You can set an alarm, so you never miss an appointment meeting or get a reminder 1 day before and even another an hour before! This is a huge help!
A wedding planner
This is a very popular choice amongst my brides! They love having all things pretty...ahem...wedding, in one place! They have their hotel room block information in here, their guest list for the wedding, bridal shower, and rehearsal dinner, they may have color swatches of their wedding colors, a sample wedding invitation, etc...
The downside to this is you now may carry two planners! Many of my brides have their digital planners on their phones, so this works really well for them!
So what are you going to use? Share in the comments below! I'd love to hear!