There's a little saying that goes like this: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. And while no one is suggesting you prepare to gorge on a very special mammal, we do think you can apply that same bite-at-a-time philosophy to wedding planning. Here, wedding experts give their best tips on how you can create a gorgeous fete in just a few minutes each day.
Create a to-do list.
But not just any list, says Viva Max Kaley, creator of New York-based Viva Max Weddings. Make a "list that designates which tasks need to be completed by which dates," she suggests. "If you know in advance you won't have as much time during a certain month, you can shift tasks to ensure it's realistic. And make sure you go through the list and check off each item to prioritize what needs to happen first, second, third, etc. — otherwise you can feel stressed thinking you need to get everything done at once."
Let your wedding vendors know your time limitations.
Wedding vendors will often opt to meet in person, says Chandra Keel, owner of Chandra Keel Events in Phoenix. But when you're short on time, it's smart to let them know a five-minute phone call will do. "This helps tremendously in moving communication along," she says. When you do hop on the phone, keep things short by organizing your questions for them ahead of time, Kaley suggests, which limits a lot of back-and-forth.
Chip away at it.
There are only two assignments that should be done in a single sitting, Kaley says, and those are "doing table assignments and compiling your guest list." The rest can be done in pieces. "For example, picking out music can be done along the way — a few minutes a day," Kaley says. "Using technology is helpful with this, such as apps on your phone, so you can chip away at it while waiting for the subway or in line at the grocery store. Create a shared document with your partner so both of you can edit the running list of ideas."
Skip social media breaks.
When you feel like you don't have a second to spare, ask yourself how many times you logged on to Facebook today. Then "take that time you spent on Facebook or browsing through Instagram and use it toward wedding research," says Kelly Heyn, owner of SocialLife Event Planning in New Jersey. That's not just at your desk, either. "Use your smart phone," she says. "As you're sitting on the bus, waiting in line for coffee, or taking a five-minute break from answering emails, grab your phone and do some research."