Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life. From planning your engagement photo shoot to selecting the ideal vendors for your wedding day, to choosing your wedding party and meeting deadlines, there are a lot of items which have to be planned out smoothly, until you walk up the aisle and say “I do”. Using the right wedding checklist for your wedding is crucial but for some can be overwhelming and stressful. MALTA EVENT DESIGN is providing you with some stress-free tips to help you plan your wedding in a more enjoyable way.
1. Make it yours
We all use smartphones in 2017 and therefore downloading a project management app to create a checklist should be easy. The app has to be carefully chosen: check that it provides you with reminders, an option to share tasks, is accessible from different devices and that you can add your personal notes. In addition, the checklist needs to be user-friendly: your time is somewhat limited and besides your daily life chores and your relationship you have to find time to organise all the items to include in your wedding. Keep in mind, checklists for destination weddings are not the same as checklists for weddings in your home country. Three of the most recommended project management apps are Trello, Freedcamp and Wunderlist.
2. Set deadlines
Finding the right app, downloading it and inserting all the relevant items for your wedding is just the beginning. Sit down with your partner, your mother, or your maid-of-honour/bridesmaids to revise the checklist. Set a budget and stick to it. You do not only have to look at the financial side of it, but also make sure to work on the management planning. For destination weddings, a simple task like sending invites has a deadline of ten months ahead rather than of four weeks as with home weddings. Create a reasonable timeline, fit your schedule and map out due dates on your calendar. Ensure that you have ample time to plan and insert items that can take more time than others. Be sure to keep to the timeline at the end of the day to help you make your planning efforts run smoothly.
Start giving tasks and keep to them. Do not overwhelm bridesmaids or best-men with too many tasks or too little time to prepare. For instance, ask them to write the speeches or to sit down with you to shortlist the bridal boutiques where you can get bridesmaids dresses. Consider their ideas, but always keep the final decision to be between you and your partner: it’s your day!
Finally, make it a positive and exciting planning experience instead of stressful and overwhelming one. A well-prepared checklist will give you time for keeping focused on your marriage rather than the wedding day. Take time for yourself and allow time for you to enjoy planning your wedding. We believe that having an event professional in the country where you will be having your destination wedding, who knows their job and whom you trust would definitely make it easier for you to implement your checklist.