Life and Marriage

August 6, 2019

Easy Ways To Simplify Wedding Planning

It’s August and that means my second wedding anniversary is this month! It’s so hard to believe our wedding day was only two years ago. The time flies so fast, and yet it feels like our lives together have changed so much in so little time. Now as a family of three and still seeing so much ahead of us together, I’m looking back at our wedding and the many things it took to get to our big today, so I’m sharing a few tips I wish i knew back them to make wedding planning so much easier!

Order Your Stationery From An Expert

As a designer, I decided to do my own stationery, but boy did I spend SO MUCH time on it! For a little extra money, I could had it professionally done and not spend hours slaving over paper, scissors, envelopes and more! Back then, I remember specifically looking for acrylic invitations, but they really only had artists on Etsy that did them, and they cost about $5 each! That was way out of our budget, but I recently discovered Basic Invite, who offers them at half the price with some of the cutest designs. They teach all about how to make wedding invitations on their site and customize one of their many designs to be exactly what you’re looking for. Honestly, I wish they were around when I was planning our wedding and I wish I would have let them take this massive project off my hands! Their invites are stunning and prices are so competitive compared to other online wedding stationery retailers, making it so ideal for the budget-conscious couples, plus you can score matching wedding rsvp websites and wedding custom coasters for your guests!

Make a Planning Timeline

To-do lists and timelines were my best friend when planning our big day. I wrote EVERY little to-do item in a spreadsheet with the due date so that I didn’t forget to do anything, and although it sounds overwhelming, I think it was the best thing I ever did because I never forgot to do anything, contact vendors in a timely manner, or make something we needed. Do yourself a favor and set yourself a timeline for when things should be done to space out the work and prevent any last minute cramming. Don’t know where to start? Download my exclusive wedding planning timeline to help you start your planning journey!

Keep Your Notes In One Place

there’s nothing worse than trying to find that scrap piece of paper you threw in your purse two weeks ago, so don’t do that to yourself when planning a wedding. Carry a small notebook with you everywhere for wedding planning so that you have all your notes in one place, and know where to go when you can’t remember your great aunt’s address your dad gave you or how much the flowers were going to cost. You don’t need one of those big, fancy, expensive wedding planning books, even a 3″x5″ pocket notebook from the supplies store will do to help you keep everything together.

Sarah & Jeff’s emotional outdoor wedding ceremony nested amongst the trees on the hillside followed by a fun and energetic wedding reception in the barn at Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms.Wedding photographer; Ryan Davis Photography – Rockford, Illinois.

Bring An Instant Camera To Appointments

Now, with smartphone, life can be so much easier to keep everything at the tip of your fingers, but there’s still something so classic about an instant camera. Buy an instant camera and take it with you to appointments with your vendors to take pictures of your floral arrangements, table set ups and more, then write notes on them and put them in your wedding planning notebook so that you don’t forget your choices and where everything is going during the process.

DIY The Small Things, Buy The Big

To save a few pennies, we DIY’d almost everything at our wedding, but made sure the big things were left to the professionals. It could have been so stressful to try and do all the centerpieces or decor ourselves, but to save time and energy, we let our vendors help us with that and spent our time focused on the smaller projects, like creating a unique guest book we did cornhole boards) or designing our unity ceremony.

Sarah & Jeff’s emotional outdoor wedding ceremony nested amongst the trees on the hillside followed by a fun and energetic wedding reception in the barn at Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms.Wedding photographer; Ryan Davis Photography – Rockford, Illinois.