FullSizeRenderWedding planning is crazy.

Let’s fix that. Kevin and I are way excited about getting married…now. 5 months ago we were on the brink of eloping, fighting, going to bed mad because of the stress of planning a wedding. It’s a lot of work. Regardless of a plan or not, you need to put in the work. But doesn’t everything that matters require work? Yes it does. So here’s 5 steps to make that work more strategic and create more fun and excitement if you’re planning your wedding yourself.

Vomit on paper (word vomit that is)

With anything that requires many components, it’s impossible to have that all swimming around in your head. Dump it all out on paper (yes, paper)
Not your smart phone, not the computer.
Hey, I’m all for the cleanliness of digital, but the whole point of this tactic is to be messy, to allow for scratches, your own hand on paper and getting out of head. On the computer, we tend to edit ourselves like crazy. Don’t edit just write.

Categorize your thoughts

After many drafts I found that these categories help shape your thoughts and most needed areas to address about your wedding.

Here are the categories:
Delegate these tasks
Accessories
Food
Rent these
Tasks for us

SCHEDULE a day(s) for planning

Putting a scheduled blip in our calendars amongst the hustle and bustle of our business lives was absolutely necessary for us. Planning a wedding should be fun and exciting, but to keep it fun and exciting, being organized and decisive about the tasks that need to be done is more important. We’ve seen too many weddings that were disorganized and no one has fun at those.

Have a Google Sheet to shareScreen Shot 2015-05-05 at 4.48.39 PM

The best thing about planning a wedding in this age is all the digital tools we have. Use google sheets to organize all that word vomit you drafted earlier into a concise and shareable document so you can zoom out and see things as they really are and are less likely to let things slip through the cracks.

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Creating a website allows your guests to see you story, get valuable information, stay informed as things change and you can even create an RSVP list. We used weebly.com for ours which was free, looks great and is so easy to customize. I’ve always been a big fan of weebly so I highly recommend it over Wedding Wire’s wedding websites, which look like they’re from 1999.

Feel free to have a look at ours to get some ideas. After you’ve created an awesome wedding website, you can send it to all your guests. It’s a great way to stay connected, which is something we’ve been failing at miserably and plan to change this week.

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Megan is a blogger, podcaster and YouTuber. She creates content for Kevin Le Vu Photography, Get in the Lab Podcast, and Wedding Bros. She freelances in photography and multimedia design. She enjoys creating content from the heart and living in Orange County.
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