Plan Your Wedding More Productively With These 10 Steps

Feeling overwhelmed? Afraid you're not on track with all your wedding planning details? Nip the wedding worry wart in the bud with these 10 productivity tips!

1) Make a Schedule: It's easy to forget about all the things that have to get done before the big day if you don't have a schedule. If you fall into this category, sit down and make one. Don't make it too complicated either. Try starting with what you need to accomplish this week. Jot it down and then allot the specific days and times you plan to work on it. The hard part is sticking to it!

2) Limit the Time You Spend on the Web: Surfing the web for inspiration and wedding ideas is fun, but can become quite time consuming if you don't check yourself. Give yourself a set time (e.g. 30 minutes) to be online and then turn it off and start getting stuff done.

3) Get Organized: If your wedding information and research is all over the place, you'll find yourself spending a good deal of time looking for everything before you can get start getting any work done. Set up a wedding work space and files so you know where to find your vendor information and all the important details when you need them and without delay.

4) Say "No" to Interruptions: Friends keep calling for updates? Family wants your help, but you don't have time? It's okay to tell people "no" every now and then. You have a lot to get done. Let people know you are busy and don't have extra time while you are planning your wedding. Or do what need to get accomplished first and then make time for everybody else. Let them know your plan and it can be a win-win for all.

5) Don't Let it Pile Up: It's easy to let your to-do list pile up. If you keep putting aside tasks that need to get done, that's exactly what happens. If possible, tackle easy tasks as they come in, like opening up your mail, scheduling appointments, or writing thank-you notes.

6) Wake Up Earlier: Getting out of bed a few minutes earlier can put you ahead of schedule. Even ten minutes earlier, can give you extra time to eat a healthy breakfast, meditate, or otherwise, take better care of yourself or finish up a project you were working on the night before.

7) Turn Off Distractions: When you're working on wedding planning, do it fully. Turn off your computer, television, and other distractions that can pull you away from the task at hand. Doing this will help you get more things done in less amount of time.

8) Check Your Time "Wasters:" It's a good idea to sit down with yourself and figure out what's consuming most of your time. Do you get distracted easily? Do you find yourself sleeping in because you're too tired? Are there too many social commitments? Look at what's occupying most of your schedule and see how you can fix it to better manage your productivity.

9) Get Motivated: A little motivation can go a long way. Sometimes all you need is someone there to help cheer you on and make sure you're on track. Choose a person you trust and enjoy working with and ask them to be your cheerleader. Have them check in with you every few days to make sure you're sticking to your schedule and have your priorities in order. Choose someone who can pitch in and help if you need her too, as well.

10) Take a Day Off: Whether it's on a workday or a weekend, dedicating a full day to planning your wedding can help you get caught up. Make sure you use it wisely, however, and keep in mind the other 9 tips so you get the most out of your day.

Photo by Hayes & Fisk Photography at www.hayesandfisk.com or on Facebook and Twitter @HayesandFisk

Bridal Balance is an advice and motivational blog aimed at helping the bride-to-be reduce stress, build confidence and enjoy her engagement. It was founded by clinical social worker and certified professional life coach, Michal Caplan. Contact Bridal Balance to learn more about private coaching or for additional information.

Disclaimer: The information, advice, comments, and resources provided on this site are for general informational purposes only. It is not intended as therapeutic, legal, financial, or other personal advice. While all the information is written with good intention, personal situations vary and individuals are encouraged to seek out professional advice for specific situations. This site or the advice written within does not constitute therapy or counseling and will not be held liable for any financial, legal, personal or other losses occurred.

Monday Motivation

Bridal Balance is an advice and motivational blog aimed at helping the bride-to-be reduce stress, build confidence and enjoy her engagement. It was founded by clinical social worker and certified professional life coach, Michal Caplan. Contact Bridal Balance to learn more about private coaching or for additional information.

Disclaimer: The information, advice, comments, and resources provided on this site are for general informational purposes only. It is not intended as therapeutic, legal, financial, or other personal advice. While all the information is written with good intention, personal situations vary and individuals are encouraged to seek out professional advice for specific situations. This site or the advice written within does not constitute therapy or counseling and will not be held liable for any financial, legal, personal or other losses occurred.

Three Ways to Say Thank You After the Wedding

Gratitude is important in life. Even the smallest child understands the importance of a "thank you." And although you may have spoke the word to your family and friends, it's important to follow up with a written expression of gratitude once your honeymooning is over. Here are three ways to say thank you to those who helped you celebrate your special day.

Your Family: They supported you and stood by through thick and thin as you planned your wedding. And even if they didn't, they brought you into this world and got you to where you are today. It's important to let those special family members who make a real difference in your life know. Supplementing a heartfelt letter with a memorable gift is ideal. Maybe a framed photo from the wedding or a preserved wedding flower keepsake. These are gifts that last a lifetime and show your love and appreciation.

Your Wedding Guests: They came and celebrated your big day with you. They showered you with love, laughter, and gifts. Send out thank you notes in a timely fashion. The sooner you do, the better you'll both feel. Remember, what's inside the note counts too. A generic thank you note says very little from the heart. Instead, consider a specialized approach for each guest. Include an anecdote from the wedding or something unique about them or the gift they purchased for you. It's guaranteed to make a lasting warm impression on your guests.

Your Vendors: They created the wedding you always dreamed of. The planner, the florist, the musicians, and whoever else you hired made your day a reality. Assuming you already distributed gratuities to them, you can do one more very important thing to thank them. Write your vendors a testimonial. If they were outstanding, be sure to note that and provide your feedback on Wedding Wire or other sites. You can ask your vendors where they prefer you to write a testimonial too. Referrals and recommendations are the best way for wedding professionals to get new business. That's the ultimate thank you. Besides, wouldn't you want another bride to have as great a service as you did? Now that's a win-win for all!

Posted on October 17, 2014 and filed under For the Bride.

Bridal Balance is an advice and motivational blog aimed at helping the bride-to-be reduce stress, build confidence and enjoy her engagement. It was founded by clinical social worker and certified professional life coach, Michal Caplan. Contact Bridal Balance to learn more about private coaching or for additional information.

Disclaimer: The information, advice, comments, and resources provided on this site are for general informational purposes only. It is not intended as therapeutic, legal, financial, or other personal advice. While all the information is written with good intention, personal situations vary and individuals are encouraged to seek out professional advice for specific situations. This site or the advice written within does not constitute therapy or counseling and will not be held liable for any financial, legal, personal or other losses occurred.

Thursday Action Step

Posted on October 16, 2014 .

Bridal Balance is an advice and motivational blog aimed at helping the bride-to-be reduce stress, build confidence and enjoy her engagement. It was founded by clinical social worker and certified professional life coach, Michal Caplan. Contact Bridal Balance to learn more about private coaching or for additional information.

Disclaimer: The information, advice, comments, and resources provided on this site are for general informational purposes only. It is not intended as therapeutic, legal, financial, or other personal advice. While all the information is written with good intention, personal situations vary and individuals are encouraged to seek out professional advice for specific situations. This site or the advice written within does not constitute therapy or counseling and will not be held liable for any financial, legal, personal or other losses occurred.

Wedding Wednesday Weekly Roundup

Bling, bling. This week's roundup is devoted to your engagement and wedding rings. Who would have thought there were so many interesting articles out there on your new sparkler. From ring care to "ring selfies," these posts are sure to keep you bling happy!

Engagement Ring 101: Caring for Your Engagement and Wedding Rings via Martha Stewart Weddings

10 Steps to a Better Engagement Ring Selfie via The Knot

5 Times You Should Remove Your Wedding Ring via Lavalier

5 Tips for Choosing a Custom Engagement Ring via Plan Shaadi

5 Ways to Save Big on an Engagement Ring via Bridal Guide

Photo by Sasha Wedding Photography at http://www.sashaweddingphotography.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sashaphotography and Twitter @sashaphoto

 

 

Bridal Balance is an advice and motivational blog aimed at helping the bride-to-be reduce stress, build confidence and enjoy her engagement. It was founded by clinical social worker and certified professional life coach, Michal Caplan. Contact Bridal Balance to learn more about private coaching or for additional information.

Disclaimer: The information, advice, comments, and resources provided on this site are for general informational purposes only. It is not intended as therapeutic, legal, financial, or other personal advice. While all the information is written with good intention, personal situations vary and individuals are encouraged to seek out professional advice for specific situations. This site or the advice written within does not constitute therapy or counseling and will not be held liable for any financial, legal, personal or other losses occurred.