After the engagement deal is sealed, many couples rush to the bookstore to get a wedding planning organizer, a few popular print publications and then they dive into the planning fun. While that is certainly not a milestone to miss out on, there are some items to add to your checklist that are more logistical, but will save your sanity.
Sign up for social media: We live in a world where planning is done digitally and inspiration is shared with friends, family and wedding pros via social platforms such as Pinterest and Aisle Society. If you haven't already, sign up for free accounts so that you can start curating and sharing your dream day vision.
Get a printer/scanner: Make sure you have a printer/scanner at home (or can use the one at your office) because you will need it . A lot. I was surprised at the seemingly old-school method of document deliverables when I was planning my wedding (has no one heard of Echosign?!) but you will be required to print, sign and scan multiple contracts. Which leads me to my next point …
Stock up on checks, envelopes and stamps: Another surprise I incurred during planning was the lack of credit card usage. Almost all payments had to be done via personal check (other than rent, I can't remember the last time I wrote a check!) and mailed to the vendor.
Sign up for Amazon Prime: There are going to be so many little things that pop up over the course of the planning process that you need … easels to hold signage, snacks for the welcome bags, BAND-AIDS to have on hand in the bathroom and so much more. Instead of trying to remember all of these tiny details for your next shopping trip, it's so much easier to just add to your Amazon cart when it pops into your head and have it shipped directly to you within two days, sans shipping costs (particularly perfect if you're not a natural organizer!) Also, you get access to Transparent, which in itself is completely worth the $99 annual fee.
Set up an email account specifically for wedding correspondence: Another great item for organization is to have an email address that is just for wedding planning. Email organization can get pretty messy during the planning process because there is so much back-and-forth between you and multiple people, so having an account dedicated to just wedding topics will allow you to navigate the archives easier.
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