The Gabi Chronicles – Careful Planning

As I really start diving into planning our wedding and the events that precede it (specifically the bridal showers and bachelorette party) I find myself focusing, not on my own schedule, but the schedules of those who are getting married just before us. I recently received 8 bachelorette and bridal shower invitations in the mail… talk about overwhelming. Amazingly, none of them overlap with each other. Since these weddings are prior to ours, so are their parties. This narrows my choices of dates to plan my own events. For those of you who are in a similar position (having multiple friends getting married right before you do) I have decided to write out what has helped me during this time of hectic scheduling:

1. Designate and Separate Pick a day and set aside some time to organize your schedule (a few hours perhaps). Separating yourself from distractions and committing yourself to finishing this task will help you get this done and probably help you realize other things you need to do as well.

2. One Calendar I have a planner in my purse, a calendar in my kitchen and a calendar on my desk. Depending on when I get information, dates can be spread out over these calendars, which leads to a not so organized schedule… thank goodness for my smart phone. It syncs up with all my Facebook, Google and work calendars, making it easy to bring all of my plans into one portable, always with me place. I did step #1 and used that time to enter in all of the wedding dates, contact and location information as well as set reminders so that I have a heads up for when a event is right around the corner.

3. Reach Out
While entering data, you may notice that you don’t have all of the information you need (a time is missing or you haven’t received an invite yet). Don’t be afraid to reach out to people if you know you’re invited. I myself had to ask my friend when her wedding was as I had her bridal shower and bachelorette information but no wedding invite (she isn’t doing a save the
date). There’s no shame in making sure you have all the facts.

4. Create a List
After you input all of your dates, take this time to write out what you need to do next for your wedding. Checklists are a great visual to actually see what you need to do.

5. Exhale
After you have a few hours of productivity under your belt, take a deep breath and relax. You deserve it!

As usual, I hope this helps you in your wedding planning. Do you have a scheduling tip you’d like to share? Share it with us in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!

Happy planning!
– Gabi

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