Time-Saving Wedding Planner Hacks for Busy Couples

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.

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1) Enable Alexa Flash Briefings on Your Alexa Device

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!

ICYMI, did you know I launched my own wedding planning flash briefing TODAY!? Yes! Ask the Planner: Wedding Tips in a Flash is finally here! Enable it for more time-saving wedding planning tips today!

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*

Don’t own an Alexa built device? You can still listen to my tips on Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, and iTunes (coming soon!).

Enable Ask the Planner: Wedding Tips in a Flash
Learn more about it HERE.

2) Multitask with Wedding Planning Podcasts

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:

  1. The Big Wedding Planning Podcast – Christy Matthews and Michelle Martinez are hilarious, candid, and fun-loving wedding planners that tell it to you straight. Definitely one of my faves.
  2. From Ring to Veil – From Ring to Veil is a wedding planning podcast hosted by Shannon Palmer and Kim Mills. They have years of experience in the wedding industry and the podcast world. They’re funny, engaging, and understand the intricacies that go into planning a wedding. So much knowledge, so little time!
  3. Your I Do Crew – Atonn Smeltzer from Weddings of the Ages and Lindsay Rozelle of Luckybird Photography LLC are an officiant and photographer duo with years of experience in the wedding industry. They interview excellent guests to answer all the questions couples have when planning their wedding.
  4. Bridechilla – In Aleisha McCormack’s words, “Bridechilla is about banishing the bullshit and features real advice, for real people, on real budgets.” She makes no promises of perfection and having the ‘best day of your life.” Instead, she provides info to reduce anxiety and help you get organized like a boss so you can focus on what matters the most. Be forewarned, she curses a bit (a lot), but she knows what she’s talking about.

Bonus time-saving tip: Listen to podcasts at 1.25x speed or 1.5x speed so you can get through them faster.

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3) Install the Video Speed Controller

If video is more your thing, there are lots of YouTubers talking about wedding planning, too. One of my favorite time-saving wedding planning tips is to instal the Chrome Video Speed Controller. This extension lets you speed up videos so you can listen to them faster. They sound a little like chipmunks on speed, but this often lets me listen to a whole episode in the time it takes me to drop off the interns at preschool. Win!

4) Use Technology Like the Wedding Pros

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).

RELATED: The #1 Tool You Need to Organize Your Wedding Checklist

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.

5) Hire a Wedding Planner

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.

RELATED: How to Choose a Wedding Planner in 4 Simple Steps

Conclusion

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.

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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.

Happy planning!

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