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Congrats on starting your wedding planning journey. We are so thrilled for you! Did you prepare a wedding planning checklist as per your timeline? This will help you stay on track as you navigate your wedding planning journey in the months to come. If you are planning to a wedding and juggling a full-time job at the same time, we understand that the upcoming months can be quite hectic for you. We have put together a list of Dos and Don'ts to help you balance your wedding planning tasks better.
DO: Divide the planning tasks
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The wedding planning process is a handful for one person to take care of completely. Our suggestion is that you divvy up the wedding planning tasks between all the family members. Sit down for a round table discussion or get on a virtual call to decide which family member/friend picks what task. This way a larger chunk of the tasks are divided and each one gets enough time to manage these tasks.
DON'T: Stretch your work hours
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A strict routine is to be followed. Yes, you heard us right. If you are working-from-home, you might be enjoying flexible hours of working, but it is best to avoid stretching work hours beyond the regular shifts. For this, you should wake up early and start on time. If you delay the process right from the start, you will end up working late and therefore fail to manage the hours of the day and use them to your best benefits. If you avoid stretching work hours, you can maintain a good personal and professional life balance and thus find time to plan your wedding too.
DO: Make use of the commute time
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Download the WeddingWire India app and make planning on the go easier! If you are not driving a car yourself, you will have enough time on the way to work to read wedding blogs, and update your guest list. You can also use this time to search for wedding venues and wedding vendors that are within your budget and read reviews from real couples available on their storefront.
DON'T: Delay Vendor communications
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Your wedding pros can be excellent resources, especially during this difficult time. Of course, a wedding planner should be your point person in terms of keeping things on track, but your other wedding vendors can be quite helpful, too. Have open and honest conversations with each of your vendors and outline the tasks that need to be done within a suggested timeframe. Let your vendors know your work hours and try and plan meetings over the weekends to sort things out.
DO: Have a dedicated workspace (If you work from home)
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With a designated space of work, it was easy to differentiate between work hours and personal time. Once you logged out of your work and came home, work was "over" for the day. However, with most couples these days, the trouble of separating work time and personal time has heightened, and this makes them feel like they are "working all the time." Separate workspace at your residence is as significant as dedicated work hours.
Once you get up from that desk or couch, the feeling should be the same as walking out of your office. When “work time” is over, physically get up and leave your workspace to signify that you’re no longer on the clock—and able to focus on other things.
DON'T: Forget to take breaks
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In order to keep yourself de-stressed from all the wedding planning and work that needs to be ticked off from your to-do list, you must take breaks. It is in fact a lot to deal with even on a regular day and now with the pandemic, the stress levels are higher than usual. Maintaining your physical and mental health through these times is of utmost importance and a non-negotiable factor.
Walk away from the work and planning at regular intervals. Halt your wedding planning for a few days if needed or take a leave at work to rejuvenate and relax. You will be impressed by the tasks that the wedding planners take care of on behalf of you to make your wedding planning easier. You can hire a wedding planner and catch up with those To-Do lists once you feel fresh.
DO: Set Deadlines
If you’re starting to feel all that planning momentum is slowing down, it may be a good idea to set deadlines for each task you need to complete. Yes, it may sound super annoying, but we promise, it will make a huge difference. Use an online checklist to help stay on track.
Wedding planning is supposed to be fun. To avoid the whole process from becoming a dreadful one that you run from and to keep your sanity at work alive, these are some of the Dos and Don'ts you need to take care of. Trust us, planning your wedding while carrying your work-from-home forward is going to be a breeze.