Hey friend! Do you find yourself pressed for time while wedding planning? Do you wish there were more hours in the day to get everything done? Whether it’s work, school, or your social life, you don’t have extra time for wedding planning. As a wedding planner and business owner, I’ve learned the importance of efficiency. The same goes for couples who are wedding planning. When you have so much going on in your life, every minute counts. In today’s post, I’m sharing time-saving wedding planning tips so you have time to enjoy your engagement.
Instead of scrolling news websites for your daily news enable flash briefings. Avoid falling down a news rabbit hole and listen to headlines while brushing your teeth. Better yet, subscribe to a wedding planning flash briefing so you can while picking out your OOTD. Wait, what’s a flash briefing? Think of them as micro-podcasts. Alexa owners can listen to content from popular broadcasters, such as news, weather, and ME!
I’ve tested out a lot of wedding planning flash briefings and many owners have already given up on them. (One of them still wishes you “Happy Thanksgiving.” Hi, it’s March. Another one has had the same message since January. So don’t waste your time with those.) But do listen to mine and The Knot’s, but at the time of this post, the tip was no where to be found on the Alexa Skills site. *shrug*
Another time-saving wedding planning tip is to listen to wedding planning podcasts during your commute or while cleaning the house. Here are some of my favorites for the engaged:
Bonus time-saving tip: Listen to podcasts at 1.25x speed or 1.5x speed so you can get through them faster.
You’ve heard me talk about it before, but I love using technology to make life more efficient and save time. Here are my favorite tools that I use with my couples:
For Seating: Social Tables and All Seated. Social Tables is what we used in Washington, DC when we needed to seat 1,000+ guests for a gala. It’s legit. Both options have free plans. I stopped using All Seated because it took a long time to load at random times. Not cool.
For Project Management, I use Trello and Asana. I use Trello to manage the checklist and key information for my wedding planning clients. I use Asana in my own business to handle all my to-do lists (yes, as in plural lists).
Google Drive – Have separate folders for your Budget and Vendor Payments, Guest List, and a separate one for each vendor. This way you will have all your information at your fingertips.
Evernote – I take all my notes for vendor calls in Evernote. I can access all the notes via the app on my phone but I can also type into it on my laptop. I never have to worry I’ll lose my notes because they sync on the cloud.
Duh! Sorry, had to get that in there. But let’s be real. There’s a reason why wedding planning is a professional job. It takes a crapload of time (200-300 hours on average) to plan a wedding. Ain’t no one got time for that unless you REALLY, REALLY love it (and I do, so let’s talk). But seriously, there are wedding planners that work with a range of budgets, so you will definitely be able to find the right planner for you.
Do you wish there were more hours in the day to get everything done? As a wedding planner and business owner, I’ve learned the importance of efficiency. There are different tools to help you save time while wedding planning. But for couples short on time, enable my wedding planning flash briefing on your Alexa device Ask the Planner: Wedding Tips in a Flash. I answer questions you didn’t even know to ask. Or hire a wedding planner. No, really. Unless you have 300 extra hours lying around from now until you say “I do,” you will be so glad you did.
When you have so much going on in your life, every minute counts. To save yourself some time and stress, enable my wedding planning Alexa flash briefing on your Alexa Device. No Alexa device, catch up on Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, and iTunes (coming soon!). Listen to wedding planning podcasts like The Big Wedding Planning Podcast and From Ring to Veil. Use technology wedding planners use like Trello, Social Tables, Google Drive, and Evernote. And finally, hire a wedding planner. No, really. Unless you have 300 extra hours lying around from now until you say “I do,” you will be so glad you did.