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Budgets, guest lists, important dates, to-do lists, and more can flood your mind and make what should be a fun and exciting time feel quite the opposite. Don't worry — thanks to digital documents and smart phones, you can stay up-to-the-minute organized in an easy way, keep everything you need to know on you at all times — and ultimately save your sanity. Enjoy wedding planning a little bit more, by keeping these four running lists at all times.
Guest List & RSVPs
Once the dreaded initial draft of the guest list has been decided upon, create a Google Doc or something similar that is editable and instantly saved and shared including names, guests, and addresses. You'll be grateful you've done this on a few occasions — once it comes time to assemble and mail invitations, tracking RSVP's as they come in, and when it becomes time to make the seating arrangements, too.
All Type-As out there rejoice — this one's for you. Every single bride should keep a running list tasks, even if they have enlisted the help of a wedding planner or coordinator. If you think nothing is more satisfying than crossing off your to-do list, it's 10x better for overwhelmed brides-to-be. Whether you prefer to keep it old school and use a trusty notebook or keep use an app for your planning needs, as long as you have one, you'll be organized and accomplished daily.
While traditionally your maid of honor or bridesmaid will be tasked with writing down what you receive and from whom at your bridal shower, you will likely receive gifts outside of that occasion too. As a gracious and thankful bride, keep a running list so that writing out thank you cards is a bit less overwhelming. It's also great to save this list as an upcoming reference for when you're a wedding guest, too!
"Day Of" List
It will be here before you know it and to keep your wedding morning focused on beauty, mimosas, and excitement you'll need to make sure you have every single thing you need for the night before, day of, and morning after you say, "I do." You may be surprised as to how much stuff you will need on hand for your big day, from the more obvious items like your gown and undergarments, to reception décor, toothpaste, and makeup remover — be sure you are prepared. Nothing is worse than a last-minute errand or snafu to throw off your positive pre-wedding vibes.