Trust me, I KNOW busy!  And I can only imagine what you are going through trying to juggle your lives while also planning the perfect wedding that tells the story of your relationship!  Planning a wedding is no joke!  But I think I have a few tips that can help.

  1. HIRE A PLANNER // Obviously, if you don’t have enough time, a planner is always highly recommended.  I have several that I can recommend.  One that I absolutely love working with is Melanie Hill Anderson of Exceptional Events.  Get in touch with her and see how she can help.
  2. BLOCK OUT TIME // If a planner just isn’t in the cards, there are still some options to help you out with time.  Come up with a schedule and block out time JUST for wedding planning.  You might have about 2-3 hours per week to contact vendors, schedule consultations, answer emails, and do site visits.  You could actually break this into chunks throughout the week, but leave the time non-negotiable wedding planning time.
  3. DON’T SKIP DATE NIGHT // Please repeat after me: “I will not wedding plan during date night!”  Again.  Again.  Set aside a time during the week to spend some uninterrupted time with your fiance, and DO NOT PLAN during this time.  You need some time to reconnect.  Trust me, everything will get done eventually, but you want to make sure that you have taken time to build your relationship, too.  Afterall, that (and photographs) will be all that remain after your big day.
  4. SET UP A WEDDING ONLY EMAIL // Set up an email account specifically for wedding-related emails.  That way, you are not sifting through thousands of spam (because, unfortunately, you will get some), and don’t be shy about unsubscribing and deleting anything you don’t want.  Having all of your wedding-related communication all in one place, and deleting what you don’t want, will save a ton of time scrolling through emails trying to find the reply that you are looking for.
  5. ATTEND BRIDAL SHOWS // Bridal shows are a great way to meet a lot of different vendors in a short period of time.  Truthfully, you could plan your entire wedding at one show.  Some of my favorite shows are put on by Bridal Shows, Inc and Soiree Boutique Bridal Shows.
  6. NARROW DOWN YOUR CHOICES // There are an overwhelming number of choices for any type of vendor you are looking for.  Preferred vendor lists are a great place to start, and nearly every vendor has one. Here is my Preferred Vendor list!  Choose one vendor category at a time.  Have specific criteria that you are requiring, and narrow down your choices to around three that would work.  Then contact those three to set up consultations.
  7. BE SMART ABOUT CONSULTATIONS // Keep in mind, that most of these vendors work on the weekends, so meeting at that time may be difficult.  If you have a free weekday, that would work the best.  If time is an issue, see if you can have a consultation virtually by video chat or just talk over the phone.  Face to face meetings are the best when possible, but you can still get a feel for a person or company with a phone consultation.  If you do meet face to face, schedule the two to three consultations on the same day and a location that will work for all, so you are not driving all around town (when possible).  Many vendors are happy to come to you.

I know that vendor selection is only part of the planning process, but it can take up so much of your time.  Once you are able to get this part completed, many other aspects will fall into place naturally.  Hopefully, I helped you gain a few hours of your life back and you are better able to enjoy more of your engagement.

Hungry for more?  I have a post about planning your timeline to get the best photos, and a location guide to help you choose where to take your engagement and bridal photos.  I am also in the process of creating a Venue Guide to some of the best venues that I have photographed.

If you would like to see something more, I am always happy to take suggestions!  Just drop me an email at christina@christinatruelove.com.

 

I’d love to hear about your wedding.  Email me at christina@christinatruelove.com or text/call 469-432-2245 to set up a phone consultation or to grab coffee.