Saturday, December 13, 2014

Wedding Time, Part One: The Big To-Do

My weekly column on The Broke-Ass Bride is up:

Photo: Persimmon Images 
It’s not always the first meeting. Sometimes it’s the second meeting where it comes up:
“The wedding timeline I found online says that I should have started planning this seven months ago. I’m supposed to have my engagement photos and my lingerie by now!”
Or something to that effect.
Basically, whatever  you’ve done so far, whenever you are, the clock on the wall and the page on the screen is telling you that you’re already behind.  And the clock is still ticking …

Guess what? You are not behind. You are not late. You are fine where you are.
Change the way  you look at it, and the way you look at it will change: Focus on the checklist, not the countdown. These timelines are pretty good about the order of what you should do (pick a date, find a venue, find a caterer, etc.), so stick with that. But it’a all about managing the (admittedly long) checklist. You can borrow my Rule of Threes, if you want.

The Rule of Threes:

I’m not sure if you've noticed, but for every wedding checkbox, there are a ton of choices, and a ton of choices that depend on other choices. In order to narrow it down, and, well, be flexible at the same time, I give my couples three options for each one. So, instead of picking one date that will work, pick three. That way, if you find the perfect venue, you’re not stuck with an unavailable date. Three wedding venues that will work with your style and budget, before you schedule your appointment, so, you’re not as disappointed if the first one won’t fly. Three caterers, three photographers, three dress shops. One at a time for a little less stress. Decide who you want to meet, and then decide who you want to hire.



See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events

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