When I wrote this title, the first thing that popped into my head was the song, “Physical” by Olivia Newton-John. Switch out the last word and you’ve got “Let’s get organized, organized, I wanna get organized.” It’s unfortunately stuck in my head and now it’s probably stuck in yours too and I apologize. To stop the madness that is this damn song in my head, I’ve reverted to listening to a wedding party playlist on Spotify. I guess it’s a win-win situation because I am also able to find songs to play at the wedding reception.
Back to what this post is actually about: getting organized! I’ve had over a year and a half to figure out what works best for me, and I wanted to share my ride or die’s that have helped me stay sane and on track. To preface this, I am an organized person to begin with. Now I am not insanely organized like Marie Kondo or The Home Edit, but I like a good checklist, color coordination in my closet, and clear bin storage for my fridge if you know what I’m saying.
The first tool I wanted to recommend is an online planner. The one I use is called Aisle Planner and I was given access by my month of coordinator. It is an all-in-one platform event professionals can use themselves or can give access to couples, allowing for the planning and managing of all details related to weddings or events. What is great about the interface is that it is customizable and has everything you’d want to see and have access to such as, checklists, timelines, budget sheets, guest lists, seating charts, lead management, proposals, and contracts to name a few. Brandon and I can directly communicate with our coordinators through the site making it convenient for both parties. Aisle Planner was designed by a team of wedding industry professionals, and it shows!
My second recommendation I didn’t find until my best friend and I were looking on Etsy for a detailed checklist a few months back. I have had a book planner since being engaged, but always felt like it was too high level and missing the minor details I craved. I’m so happy we found this wedding checklist because it seriously is next level. Not only does it break down the to-dos for each month, starting with just being engaged, but it also provides a checklist for after tying the knot. And to top it all off, it’s only $5! I have this downloaded on my iPad so I can take notes and then also on my phone to have at any point I need access. Check out this link for the exact wedding checklist from FocusedLifeCo or check out Etsy for other options.
Organization looks different to everyone, but for me these two have been key in keeping my sanity. Hopefully these help any current or future brides out there. My last bit of advice is to keep it simple and not go overboard in using multiple platforms. Weddings are stressful enough and you do not want to be overwhelmed trying to track everything in different places. If you are using another organization tool and loving it, please share!