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Just keeping track of your wedding vendors is enough to make any bride's head spin. "With so many details coming at you every day from all avenues, it quickly can escalate to chaos, lost items and frustration," says Amy Mancuso, owner of Amy Mancuso Events in Phoenix. "By keeping organized, you can quickly find whatever it is you need when you need it, and will keep your stress and frustration levels to a minimum." And to help you do just that, our experts are here to give you their top organizational tips.
1. Look to how you work and live to determine your wedding planning style.
"Couples should take cues from their personal and work lives to determine the best approach, asking themselves, 'what's our system for remembering to pay bills, take the dog to the vet, renew the cable agreement, and meet friends for dinner?'" says Betsy Krug, event director and co-owner of Rebecca Rose Events in North Carolina. Apply those systems to your wedding to-do list and payments.
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2. Keep it all in one place.
That way, not a single swatch will go missing. "Binders are great for couples who like to hang on to paper and originals," suggests Krug. But for those who prefer to go paperless, "a good scanner and a folder on a cloud database will come in handy for the tech-savvy couple with little paper clutter."
3. Hire a wedding planner.
"The best way to stay organized is to hire a wedding planner," says Mancuso. A wedding planner removes the clutter and chaos by handling much of your to-do list for you, as well as keeping contacts and contracts at the ready. "If that's not feasible, try and keep up to date with any filings and don't let items get backlogged on your desk or computer," she says. "If you can stay on top of the clutter, staying organized will be a breeze."
4. Create deadlines that work for you, not against you.
Leaving things for the week before your wedding is a big organizational no-no. "Waiting until the last minute will only lead to pre-wedding meltdowns," says Krug. "Everything you need to do for the wedding should be 100 percent complete at least a week before the wedding. Your only focus before the wedding should be spending time with family and friends who have traveled into town to celebrate with you!"