Its funny to think how, when we are children, daydreaming of our wedding day, we see everything as beautiful. Images of the frilliest gown and our hair done up in that perfect Cinderella bun with all the jewelry. Let’s not forget Prince Charming! In all of the glamour and glitz that our little minds create, there is one inevitable item that we do not generate….
THE MOUNDS OF PAPER!!!
From the moment that Prince Charming places that engagement ring on your finger, you will be inundated with mounds of paper. This includes emails from all of the would be vendors and bridal magazines. You sign up online in the hope that you might reduce some of the paper; only to have your inbox become jammed with bridal spam! You still have your paper mounds. They are all promising you that if you choose them, you will have the best wedding day ever! Before you know it you have 400 emails in your inbox and a mound of brochures, rack cards, flyers, samples and magazines growing in the corner of your room like a fungus. You have more information then you know what to do with and you haven’t even made one decision yet!
Dont fret; there is a way to deal with all of it. After 20 years of designing weddings and events, I have a found a few things that help my brides to keep their wits about them and stay organized. There are a ton of pre-made wedding organizing books out there. If you have not bought one you don’t have to run right out and get one. I find it easier and more efficient to make my own. This way I can customize it to my wants and desires for my wedding not a cookie cutter pre-made design from someone else. If you already have one, by all means please use it. There are labels and tape that can be used to rename a tab if need be.
Dealing with the mounds of emails that you will be getting is not as hard as it may seem. Here are few tips to helping you keep it all organized and most importantly not choking out your everyday mail that you need to get to. Set up a new email account using your first name and your fiancés and the future last name i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org. I suggest using Gmail. It’s free and there are a plethora of other applications it has to offer including document sharing. By setting up this account, the two of you can share access to it and it wont clutter up your regular inbox. You will be receiving multiple emails from a wide variety of vendors and venues wanting your business. There is an easy way to organize them as they come into your inbox. Create a folder (a label is what gmail calls it) for all of the items you will be needing; flowers, linens, jewelry, shoes, dresses and so on. Then you will create a filter. Go to settings and click on filter. If you know who you will be receiving mail from, you can use their email, otherwise type in key words (i.e. table linens). Click next step, and check these 2 boxes; Skip the inbox (archive) and apply the label. Any email that comes in from that vendor or with the word linens in it will go right to that folder. When the time comes and you are ready to choose your table linens, you need only open that folder and begin sorting through it. The little amount of time it takes to set this up is worth the time you save in the end when you are trying to make your final decisions. This same basic principle applies to the wedding book organizer. Once you have made your decision about a particular item, delete all other vendors emails and promptly move the vendors emails that you are using into a folder labeled final.
When the wedding is over you just need to go and delete the email account, this will do 2 things. 1. It will keep you from continuing to get wedding emails after the wedding and 2. It really is a great help to vendors as they will get a bounce back email and can then update their email list.
This one is key to keep down the amount of clutter you can produce when planning a wedding. If you don’t already have a pre-made organizer you can make one very simply and customize it to your wedding needs. A three ring binder and some divider pages are all thats necessary. You can get pocket folders that fit in the binder to hold cards samples and leaflets that you may find helpful. Also if you have fabric swatches or things with glitter on them a small package of page protectors isn’t a bad idea. These organizers are helpful in that you have everything in one place. The rule of thumb is don’t put an item in the book until you have made up your mind that you are going to use it. This makes sitting down with your vendors easier and less stressful when you are discussing your dream wedding with them.
CONTROLLING THE MOUND OF PAPER ITEMS
We all love going to the bridal shows and fairs. (Well, at least we girls do!) They are a wonderful way to get to see one on one particular items that you have only looked at in a magazine or on line. Lets face it though, when you come home you are carrying a large bag of paper. Plan on taking a few moments to organize it. Dump your bag and start making piles. The same way you made folders in your email. Rubber band, paperclip or put them in a folder labeled appropriately for their particular offering. So again, when it comes time for you to pick your table linens you need only open that folder to go through it. Once you have made up your mind and your contract or deposit has been made, you need to get rid of the rest. I know, shocking, right! If you feel badly about throwing them away give them to your bridal consultant or a local venue. Most of them have a vendor rack that they can put them in for other brides to have Do NOT hang onto them. They sit and become part of a huge clutter monster you will have to deal with when you get home from your honeymoon!
Take a deep breath and tackle each decision one at a time. You will be far less stressed and a much happier bride with which to deal. You’ll be glad you took the little bit of time in the beginning for the huge amount of time you save in the end. I am more then happy to help any of you with getting your organizing started. Just email me using our inquiry page.
This is the third of three versions of the Moran-Picchio Wedding Video. This one has what we called the Movie Night Treatment. We went with a Silent Movie look for the beginning and a Super 8mm film look for the latter half.
This is the second of three versions of the Moran-Picchio Wedding Video. This one has what we called the Soft Treatment. It has a softer audio track and soft, gauzy treatment.
This is the first of three versions of the Moran-Picchio Wedding Video. This one has what we called the Sassy Treatment. It has a fairly crunchy audio track and punchy color treatment.
Vintage meets bold garden colors! As I sit here and look through pages of wedding blogs, I am captured by the vintage beauty that this years trends are bringing us. The beautiful dress with hints from the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s with the added twist of the 2000’s. There is something so elegant about each of those eras that for me give a sense of grace and and air of a princess. As if that isn’t enough to make a statement, they are coupling it with vintage style decorating with a garden twist. The colors this season seem to be all about the garden. The back yard themes and bold and vibrant colors make for fairy tale settings of which even Disney would be jealous. Here are some of the blogs that have been blowing my mind with their wonderfully savvy sense of the Vintage Garden!
Enjoy…… I know I did!
The picture is from Onestylishbride.com