Sage the Blog : Wedding Wednesday: Wedding Planning Hacks

I am ALL about being efficient. I have to-do list for everything and I am SUPER Type A. Organization is my middle name. I knew when we started planning our wedding I wanted to be on top of things so we knew we were hitting milestones and saving money, etc. I especially did not want things to get crazy in the days leading up to the big day (24 DAYS TO GO!!!!). Below are a few of the ways I have been able to do this!

1. Use a pre-made wedding checklist and tailor it to your timeline and needs. Within a week of getting engaged, M bought us

this awesome planner

from Barnes and Noble. We love it and have used it consistently throughout the past year (I can’t believe it has been a year). I have also used The Knot for adding to this checklist as they have a more detail oriented list.

2. EXCEL. Although the above book has a great budgeting sheet, I also kept track of our budget in excel since we had various accounts from which we were funding the wedding. I also had a guest list excel sheet that listed: Name(s), address, Save the Date? (meaning I had mailed them one), Invite? (similar to save the date column), Invite to rehearsal?, Rehearsal regrets, Tentative RSVP, RSVP # (more on this later), RSVP? (Y/N and date), RSVP names (if different from those on invite listed in Name(s) column), Number of attendees (this column added up for a total count of guests at the end of the sheet), staying at wedding hotel, Table #, Thank you?, Special requests/kids, other info, and e-mail address. This thing has been my LIFE since putting together our guest list and sending out invites.

3. Numbering RSVPs. I saw this hack on pinterest when I first started planning. You basically just number your RSVP cards on the back so that if people return them without names you know who it’s from. Mostly everyone returned theirs with a name on them, but the numbering was also helpful for checking off RSVPs on my long excel sheet since they were in numerical order on my sheet!

4. Post-it table arrangements. I have also seen this hack many other places. We wrote everyone’s names on little post-it notes and arranged them around our tables accordingly. This allowed for a visual representation of our arrangement, as well as an easy way to move people around. Sorry for the crappy iPhone quality.

5.

EBates

and promo codes. I used

EBates

for most of the online purchases I made for the wedding, which got us cash back (read more about it

HERE

)! Before buying anything I would also Google promo codes for the company, such as Minted. I also kept track of the promo codes they would send me through e-mail so that I could use them when I needed to order things. I ended up saving close to $200 on our Save the dates, wedding invites, and rehearsal enclosures between these two!

6. Traveler’s Joy and Cheap Caribbean.

Traveler’s Joy

is a registry that allows people to purchase things for your honeymoon, such as massages, day trips, you name it! You can customize the items you want to list on there and

Traveler’s Joy

will send you a check when you want it! You can see mine as an example

HERE

.

Cheap Caribbean

was a LIFE SAVER and allowed us to book an 8 day

honeymoon

on a budget! I highly recommend it.

7. Fake calligraphy. I refused to pay someone to address my invites and other paper goods, so I learned “fake calligraphy” and did all of my things my hand including my invites, table numbers, seating cards, you name it. It took some practice but it was totally fun to learn! You can find a good tutorial

HERE

.

8. Buy local. We used a local florist and our local grocery store (Hyvee, who caters for the KC Chiefs!) for catering and this saved us a TON of money. The quality was just a great as some of the bigger names and the people working with us were just so much more personable throughout the planning process.

9. Ask vendors to match other vendors. Some of the venues we had looked at originally offered day of champagne for the wedding party, a free projector, and a few other things. Before deciding on

our current venue,

we asked them if they would be able to provide these things for us and they happily obliged! Don’t be able to ask for vendors to match what others offer, they usually will! We did this with our photographer, florist, and a few other vendors and they were all great about being accommodating.

10. Don’t sweat the small things. People are going to say

awful things

, plans are going to fall through, things WILL go wrong and THAT IS PERFECTLY OKAY. When it comes down to it, the day is about you, your husband and GOD. Do not get caught up in the things that do not matter.

I hope this is helpful to all of you currently planning a wedding. For those of you whom have already successfully put on a wedding, what other hacks worked for you?

Tomorrow I am off to Vegas for my bachelorette weekend! I will have some lovely ladies on the blog so I hope you stick around for them!