7 STEPS TO GET ORGANIZED & STAY ORGANIZED
If you've got your FranklinCovey planner within arms length,
chances are you've already set your wedding game plan. If, however,
you're like most of us, you'll appreciate some tips and tools
for getting organized and staying organized.
1. Don't Procrastinate
We certainly can't stress this morsel of wisdom enough. You'll
enjoy your wedding far more if you're not cramming everything
into the last two months. It's a tad bit difficult to write
romantic wedding vows when you've waited until the night before
the wedding to put pen to paper.
2. Purchase a Notebook and Calendar Organizer
At the top of the list is a calendar organizer (day timer).
Using the Event Checklist, enter key planning tasks on the specific
dates by which you'd like to have them accomplished. As you
start setting-up meetings with vendors, jot those down as well.
You'll also need a place to keep brochures, business cards,
estimates, contracts and other important information pertaining
to your wedding. Click here for a short little shopping
list of the supplies you'll need.
3. Schedule Planning Time
Be sure to schedule meeting times with each other to discuss
the details of the wedding: the schedule, the budget, the vendors,
etc. Be diligent about keeping these appointments with each
other. This is the beginning of another important marriage building
4. Communicate & Compromise
You'll definitely have the opportunity to familiarize yourselves
with the delicate arts of communication and compromise. You're
designing a wedding that suits the two of you, while taking
into account the needs of your families and guests. Through
this process of planning and compromise you will learn new ways
of communicating with each other, as well as discover areas
where it is difficult for you to express yourselves.
Establish a daily ritual to discuss your feelings and share
your thoughts. Even if you only have time for a five-minute
chat. It is the consistency, not the quantity of conversation
5. Share the Tasks & Delegate
Long gone are the days when the groom took a back seat and let
his rosey-cheeked bride make all the decisions. Welcome to the
21st century. Couples are now splitting the list in half. Brides
rejoice! Two people dividing the lengthy task list will not
only reduce stress for the you, it allows the groom, traditionally
the most ignored person in the entire affair, to participate
in his own wedding. A novel concept, we know.
Above and beyond the professional help you hire, create a wedding
support network for yourself. Make a list with your fiancè of the various friends and family who might want to be involved
with your wedding. Give each of them a task, stated as clearly
and specifically as possible. Call them regularly to give them
your appreciation and to check on how their project is coming
6. Be Assertive
Communicate your wishes clearly and tactfully to wedding professionals,
friends and family members. Practice saying "no" and
using phrases like, "we have discussed this and we feel
that" It's your wedding and don't you forget it.
7. Take Care of Yourself
Pay attention to the essentials of good health. Avoid caffeine,
sugar, alcohol and nicotine, which put unnecessary strain on
both body and mind. Eat more vegetables, fruits, whole grains
and fish. Get a all night's sleep to revitalize. Dreaming releases
the accumulated stress of the day and stabilizes the brain waves.
Exercise is the best source of stress reduction known to man.
The endorphins released in even a moderate amount of aerobic
exercise can fight depression and elevate the mood.