So the love of your life finally popped the question, and you’ve said yes. Now what? If the thought of planning your big day stresses you out, don’t worry. Even if you are super busy and work from nine to five, these simple tips will ensure that you remain stress-free throughout the months leading up to your wedding. If you’re someone who is currently working, we understand that you cannot compromise on your career by putting too much time on the wedding planning. However, if you have a lot of time left until your wedding, you can plan your nuptials step by step according to the months that are leading up to your wedding. If you start your preparations well ahead of time, then the stress of planning your wedding will definitely be reduced tenfold. So here are eleven ways you can plan your wedding without having it interfere with your job:
1. Set The Budget And Find A Venue
Since you are trying to juggle and balance your wedding planning and your work life, we understand that you will have little to no time to prep. So it is important to discuss your wedding budget with your partner and decide where you want to have the wedding. Whether you want to have a large wedding or a small one, remember that most wedding venues take bookings months in advance. Hence you and your partner must plan it out so that you book the venue at least 9 to 12 months in advance, especially if it is a popular location. Some prior planning can go a long way in saving your time once the wedding is nearing.
2. Make It Official
From around six months before the wedding date, it is a good idea to keep your co-workers and boss in the loop about the number of leaves you will be needing. Let them know that you will be juggling between planning the wedding and working. If you have a great rapport with your boss, you can even request them to let you leave a few hours early in the coming weeks. This will help you have some extra time to finish up your wedding responsibilities. Now is the best time to start utilizing for leaves and off days you’ve been saving all this while. Also, keep a list of weekends and official holidays with you. You can utilize these for any appointments that you may schedule.
3. Make Sure You Do Adequate Research
Utilize your lunch and evening tea breaks to research wedding ideas. You can make use of Instagram and Pinterest to find unique and fun ideas for your wedding. If you spend a lot of time commuting to work, you can use this time to make calls to vendors and follow up and discuss your plan’s progress. Don’t be afraid to ask your bridesmaids and family members for help and advice on where to shop and what vendors to choose. You can also utilize the weekends to it’s maximum potential.
4. Start Sending Out Invites
Around three months before your wedding date is when you need to start getting more serious. You need to start informing your loved ones, colleagues, and everyone else and send out “save the date” emails to people. Inform your guests about the dates well in advance so that they can shop for your wedding, book their tickets and apply for work leaves. Apart from focusing on the wedding decor and prep, consider your guests’ time and negotiate about their availability and arrival ahead of time. It will help you to shortlist the guest list and accordingly order all the food and gifts.
5. Book A Makeup Artist
Instead of trying your luck and experimenting, ask your friends, colleagues, and family for advice on which makeup artist to go for. Once you’ve received enough recommendations, start looking up these makeup artists on their social media accounts and start contacting them about their portfolios. Dig through their past works and find the middle ground for your kind of look.
6. Buy Your Wedding Outfit
Before you use up all your leaves to go lehenga hunting, make sure that you’ve done extensive research. You should look up the fit, colors, trends, and different styles that you may prefer. If you don’t do this, you will end up hopping from one store to another in hopes of finding that perfect lehenga but get confused and derailed in the process. Not to mention, meeting your deadlines will get hampered.
7. Finalize Your Photographer
Even when you are looking up photographers to cover your wedding, it’s a good idea to trust your friends’ and families’ advice over anything. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you just settle for anybody. Make sure that you ask them to share a portfolio of their work, and you can even prepare an excel sheet and compare the photographers’ prices. Also, discuss exactly what you want to capture with the photographer to ensure that there aren’t any shots missing on the big day.
8. Start With Your Trousseau And Honeymoon Shopping
As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and we can say the same for an enviable wardrobe. Now is the best time to start shopping for your honeymoon and curating the perfect trousseau for your loved ones. Make sure that whatever you curate is both practical and trendy. Start by planning and making a list of everything you will need, from your footwear, outfits to your bridal jewelry. Use a list-based app to keep track of everything and make sure that nothing slips through your mind.
9. Finalize On Decor And Outfits
Yes, now is the time for you to start binging on those bridal entry videos and different bridesmaids’ dance performances. You can also screenshot outfit and decor ideas and create your very own mood board. Send your besties all the pictures for color and design suggestions. Pinterest is a wonderful source for all of this. Just ensure that you get your family’s and friends’ inputs on everything to avoid being stuck with the “Bridezilla” tag!
10. Start Booking Guest Accommodation
Many of the wedding guests that you have invited will have to travel to the venue. And while you may have the most generous heart, you cannot offer your home out to all your wedding guests. Pick hotels that are close to the wedding venue so that your family’s commute is more manageable. And what’s more? You can even have some of your pre-wedding ceremonies at the same hotel. This will save you a lot of time and research and prove to be convenient for everyone.
11. Get Hair And Makeup Trials
Now is the perfect time to call up the makeup artists you were looking at and ask them to try out various looks on you. You should bring as much inspiration and as many ideas as possible for your stylist. Also, carry the outfit you will be wearing on the day of the wedding so that your makeup artist can plan your makeup look accordingly.
Here’s a golden tip. Don’t lose your sanity over managing your professional and personal space. All it takes is advance planning, timetables, and the backing and support from your fam to run things smoothly. You can meet your task deadlines and also make your wedding a great success. In the end, the only thing that matters is that you are marrying the one you love. If you are diligent about your wedding planning beforehand, you will be sorted on the day of your wedding. Do let us know all of your thoughts in the comment section below!