Are you planning your own wedding? Have you put your wedding timeline or project plan together?
I don’t mean to make this sound like work. I sincerely hope it will be your favourite project ever. But viewing it as such, with a start date, end date and milestones along the way is helpful and can calm some wedding worries. You’ll know everything is on the timeline and cannot be forgotten.
It can help you manage questions
It will also help you manage those well meaning family members and friends. They want to help, but does it feel overwhelming? Explain that flowers, or whatever concerns them, is on the plan for say April and you’ll look at it then,
What order does it all go in?
First get your overall vision for the day in your minds. You can then start with booking the all important venue and celebrant. Will your ceremony be in a Church or licensed venue? Will you need a Minister, Registrar or other celebrant?
You’ll probably start seeking out the dress early on. Most do! This is a good idea as many have a nine month lead time and you may need time for alterations.
Catering, photography and florist come next in my book. After that stationery and entertainment, cake and transportation. Then you can focus on the smaller details.
All Timelines are different
Every couple and every wedding is different therefore your timeline is too. For example, for a Destination Wedding you will have different considerations such as flights or if you have very limited planning time you will be doing more each week than someone with 18 months to plan.
However, the important thing is that everything is on your timeline, allocated in order, and you know what you anticipate spending where and who is responsible for each element if you have a team working with you.
What will you use?
In terms of what you put your timeline together on, this is completely up to you. I have colleagues who use complicated project management systems, others who use Word and still more who have it all mapped out in an online Calendar system.
Personally, as I work on many weddings simultaneously, I am a lover of spreadsheets and have one, with multiple sheets, one of which is the client’s timeline, for each client. There is no right or wrong – just what works for you.
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