line artIt’s not easy being a modern bride. Today’s young women are often the busiest people in their households, balancing career and family obligations. When the task of planning a wedding suddenly gets added to the mix, it can easily seem overwhelming. The key is to step back and consider you options. The six tips that follow will help you stay on track and ensure you a wedding day full of joy.

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Tip #1: Make The Most Of Work Breaks

Coffee and lunch breaks are a resource many brides-to-be overlook. Instead of grabbing a donut and chilling, make the most of that extra 15 minutes. Hit the web and research honeymoon destinations. Update your online registry. Login into your banking app and check your budget.

Got a half-hour or hour lunch break? Great! You can get even more accomplished. Grab your cell phone and call prospective wedding vendors. Leaf through the latest bridal magazine and mark which dresses you like. Create a list of questions you can use to interview venues. With a little foresight, you can get a lot done in a short time!

Tip #2: Consider Using A Wedding Planner

Remember the movie Father of the Bride in which Martin Short played a wedding planner? As funny as he was in the part, wedding planners can provide valuable help to keep your big day on track. They can offer insight into reputable venues and vendors, and create a schedule of tasks to make sure things get done when they need to. This can be a tremendous help for brides already juggling work, family, and social responsibilities. Visit Kate & Co Events for a detailed description of services planners provide.

Prefer to plan everything yourself? Excellent! Nothing can match your vision for your wedding day. Still, consider a day coordinator. This is simply a go-to person who makes sure everything flows according to your plans. Talk with your wedding venue to see if they have a coordinator on staff, or can recommend one.

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Tip #3: Don’t Wait — Set A Date!

If you’re newly engaged and haven’t yet set a date, don’t wait, mark your big day on the calendar! Setting a date makes your wedding day real. You can look at the calendar and know exactly how much time you have before the big day arrives. This helps with all aspects of planning, from arranging travel and accommodations for far-flung relatives, to making sure your chosen venue is free.

Another important aspect of setting your date is it allows you to coordinate with your employer. To you, your wedding day is the biggest day of your life, but to them, it translates into time for which they lack a valuable employee. The sooner you nail down your date, the easier it will be for your employer to arrange coverage for your workload.

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Tip #4: Organize Your Big Day

Organization is key to having your wedding go off without a hitch, but it’s also vital to making your planning easy and productive.

Keep all of your wedding documents; marriage license, vendor invoices, honeymoon itinerary, and more, in a single file you can have with you. This will put everything at your fingertips when you need it, and allow you to stay on top of your plans despite your busy schedule.

Tip #5: Enlist Friends And Family

As your big day approaches, don’t be afraid to recruit friends, family and, yes, even your fiancé, to help with items you just can’t get to. If they’re not involved already, you’ll find that they’re eager to help and happy to feel needed.

Reserve your energy for a short “to do” list of items you want to oversee personally, like meeting with the caterer, or choosing bridesmaid’s dresses. Less personal things, like choosing a DJ, or making sure the invitations get mailed, can be delegated to someone you trust.

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Tip #6: Technology Is Your Friend

Did someone say technology? It is the 21st-century after all. Today there are hundreds of hi-tech helpers to assist modern brides. From smartphone apps to websites, there’s no shortage of digital assistants available for free, and today’s tech-savvy bride should take advantage of them.

Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Today’s smartphones are perfect for organizing and scheduling, but they can help in other ways too. While you’re out shopping, snap pictures of things you love so you can keep a visual “must-have-list” to refer to. How about using a voice recorder app to keep notes of important information — “The dress at Be Unique Boutique costs $1200.00,” and so on. Ideas like these will make your planning tasks a lot less stressful.

Plan Ahead And Rest Easy

It’s clear that today’s brides are busier than ever, but that doesn’t mean your big day can’t be perfect. Hopefully, the advice offered here has inspired you take charge and feel confident enough to plan your dream wedding.





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