Welcome to our new blogging series geared towards providing planning advice in small doses! I decided to begin this series because I wanted to spread useful wedding-related information in a way that does not overwhelm the reader. Our "Tiny Tips" will offer three tidbits of knowledge that all focus around one aspect of planning. Hope you enjoy this first round of advice on staying organized.
Create a wedding-specific email account. Planning a wedding (regardless of whether or not you have hired a professional planner to help) takes up a lot of time and space in your inbox. Rather than digging through your personal and work (and junk) emails each time you need to find that link from your florist, do yourself a solid and just have one account to keep it all together. As an added bonus, when you have officially tied the knot you can use it as a joint email account for your utilities, banking correspondence, and anything else you two will be sharing.
Delegate. You will be asked countless times throughout your engagement if there is anything you need help with, but sometimes even the nicest of gestures can be overwhelming when you have so.much.to.do. My advice is to be one step ahead of the game and keep a running list of small tasks or jobs you know are impending but you don't have any problem handing off to someone else. That way when your aunt asks what she can do to help, you can kindly respond with something other than, "Um, I'm not sure, but thank you!"
Keeping track of gifts received. You will undoubtedly receive plenty of gifts throughout your engagement. In order to avoid forgetting the details of a gift and its giver I suggest using Google docs to log gifts when they are received. Recording the following information will ensure that you don't misplace anything: the date a gift is received, a specific description of the gift, the store the gift was from, the name of the gift-giver, their mailing address, the date you sent off your thank you note. Thoroughly keeping track of all of this will make sure you don't wake up in the middle of the night in a panic.
Cheers & happy planning!