By Alexandria Proko
It’s officially 2019!
I’ve been counting down to this year more anxiously than most, as I’ll be getting married in a few short months. I know that I’m not alone in this, so congratulations to those of you who are in the same boat or who have just gotten engaged over the holiday season.
As a bride, I know all too well how the excitement sets in as well as the urge to start planning your wedding right away. But, as a wedding planner, it’s in my best interest – and yours – to tell you to wait. Why? Because you need an action plan first.
It should come as no surprise that in my line of work, organization and detail-orientation are critical skills.
One of the first tasks that I take on with new clients is onboard them into our digital planning portal with checklists, calendars, etc.
Not only does it help me to see where they are and what they are visualizing for their big day, but it helps all of us to get on the same page and to see what items should be prioritized and when.
A deadline makes this heart happy.
Regardless of whether or not you’re working with a wedding planner, it’s imperative that you do the same.
Whether your wedding is a few months out or you got engaged last week, it’s never too early or too late to consolidate the details that inevitably accumulate.
If you haven’t seen a wedding binder, then get ready to meet your new best friend – aside from your Maid of Honor and Best Man, of course.
Mindy Weiss, a celebrity wedding planner, created one of my favorite versions of a wedding binder. Opt for the ring-bound version, which allows you to add vendor contracts and materials of your own.
If you’re more traditional and want something that will last beyond the big day that you can look back on, this keepsake version is a lot of fun and still includes checklists and useful advice.
Many wedding binders focus on the bride, but it’s important to acknowledge that same-sex groom weddings come with their own set of challenges.
I love Jason Mitchell’s same-sex oriented Getting Groomed planning binder which addresses tasks that binders made for “traditional” couples or same-sex brides often lack.
Don’t plan without a plan! Cheers to you, and 2019.
Alexandria Proko is the founder and creative director of Alexandria Catherine Events, a Chester County special events planning company. Her work is driven by a passion for ceremony, tradition and creating memories. She has been featured and has received accolades from Brides, the Philly A-List, The Big Fake Wedding, WeddingWire, etc. Allie can be via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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