Looking to be your own wedding planner? You’re not alone! Many brides, whether it be for budget reasons or just their natural love of DIY, decide to plan their weddings — and they totally kill it as their own coordinators! But, as any experienced bride-to-be and professional planner will tell you, it’s a whole lot of work. With endless amounts of decisions, looming deadlines, budgets to manage, and miles-long to-do lists to tend to, planning your own wedding is no simple feat. So where should you begin if you’re the planner, the executor, and the bride? Right here.
First up, get inspired! Before any bride puts forth the logistics of planning her own big day, she needs to create a vision, no matter how vague. One bride may decide to spend countless hours every night on Pinterest, while another may find it useful to pick up a handful of bridal magazines and fold down her favorite pages. Some brides-to-be might even just rely on the advice of former brides who have been down this road before. Whatever avenue you choose, the goal is to be able to visualize how you will be saying your “I dos” with your husband — are you on a beach, in an elegant ballroom or on top of a mountain? Once you have a bare bones idea of what type of bride you are or want to be, the decision making just gets easier from there.
But still, even the most organized and motivated bride-to-be can feel thrown off course every now and then by the chaos and pressure that comes with the wedding planning process. That’s why it’s always a good idea to get a strategy in place, reserve some down time to get through all of your tasks, and plan far ahead so big decisions never come down until the last minute.
From getting your bridal party involved in your planning to crafting the ultimate wedding vision board or creating a month-by-month task to-do list, here are our expert tips and tricks to help any bride-to-be plan the wedding of her dreams.
- Get to Pinning
If you’ve never used Pinterest before, now is the time. Create multiple boards and scroll through the website pinning wedding ideas, DIY projects, food options, and other things that catch your eyeballs. Share your boards with anyone who is interested in helping you out with the wedding plans.
- Keep Your Priorities Straight
You may start to feel like you have so much to do and no time to do it. Push away that overwhelming feeling by setting priorities for the tasks on your to-do list. Rank everything by order of importance and urgency. Save the mini tasks for a day-off or lazy Sunday afternoon.
- Consider Selecting a Theme
If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to planning your wedding or what kind of colors, flowers, or even vibe you want to execute on your big day, considering picking a theme early on to narrow down the selection process.
- Brand Your Wedding
Whether it’s a wedding hashtag or a logo, you and your fiancé can create a couple of branding items for your wedding. You can use these pieces on your invitations, on party favors, and on other aspects of your wedding day.