CALLING ALL DIY-BRIDES:
This one is for you.
According to Martha Stewart Weddings, couples working without a wedding planner will spend 200-300 hours on their wedding. During a 9-month engagement, that could be 30 hours a month! Hello, new part-time job!
As a DIY Bride, I wanted to make sure that I had enough time to do all my crafts without the stress of getting them done last minute, while juggling my full time job.
While I was planning my wedding, my planner was my most prized possession. I took it everywhere with me -- to work, restaurants, coffee shops, bars… seriously, I just put it in my backpack, and it kept me SANE.
This is the planner that I used, but I’m sure that all others will do the trick just fine.
Once you have your planner, it’s time to create a timeline. This will probably seem intimidating at first because there are so many decisions to make ahead of your big day (not to mention booking things far enough in advance, keeping up with vendor communications, gathering the supplies for all the things you have to DIY — ugh. Exhausting.)
But I wouldn’t leave you hanging! Here’s a month-by-month breakdown that I recommend for the 10 months before your wedding.
As with accomplishing any big goal, breaking things up is key. Create weekly and even daily goals with your big goals in mind. This will help ensure you’re spreading out the work and can enjoy the last weeks before your wedding without much stress.
Keep in mind that this schedule is just a starting point! If you’re not planning on making your own invitations, floral arrangements, favors, etc., then feel free to omit. Plus, there’s no shame in hiring professionals to help your wedding vision come to life. Check out some of the services I offer that won’t break the bank.