So you’ve decided you will not hire a wedding planner and you wanted to DIY and plan your entire wedding on your own. That’s pretty amazing! All the power to you my love! We’re here to help you break down some steps as you go through planning a wedding.
Sure, there are binders our there that you can download and you can list “generic” tasks. It is still up to you however to break it down further. But, not to worry, here’s a sample of how to REALLY BREAK IT DOWN YO, actual steps in planning a wedding!
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What type of steps in planning a wedding are we about to breakdown you ask? Well, we’re giving a specific example. So here’s how you can do it, instead of just saying “BOOK PHOTOGRAPHER“, you can create a sub checklist under it that will say:
1️⃣ * research top photographers for 2-3 hours with your partner, rank them accordingly (grab a glass of wine too and cast it to your TV so that you can really enjoy this time together!). I would suggest to come up with 6-8 choices;
2️⃣ * reach out to the top 5 photographers based from your research;
3️⃣ * based on the responses you receive from the top 5 photographers you reached out to, schedule meet/virtual consultation with only top 3 (oh yeah, we are chopping down the list American Idol style lol!) out of the top 5 photographers that were contacted;
4️⃣ * discuss with your partner on who will be the best choice, and make the final decision to book (you can spend another 1-2 hours on this), at this point, you can ask your photographer of choice few more questions to validate your decision;
5️⃣ * put down an initial payment and sign the contract;
6️⃣ *file away and move on to the next task in your steps in wedding planning;
See how that was broken down in detail? The breakdown helps you tackle the big goal instead of just saying “book a photographer” into step by step and just by looking at it, it makes you feel good that you have a road map on how to do so. This helps break down the steps in planning a wedding.
SIDE NOTE: research mentioned in 1️⃣ , includes studying their portfolio, packages, previous client experience, their peers in the industry, where they have worked before, etc. When you’re discussing 4️⃣with your partner, consider how you guys felt in your meeting, were you comfortable, did you guys have a good laugh? Since you have already established that they are amazing photographers, the next thing you have to evaluate is the personal aspect.
You can create similar step-by step process when booking other vendors, again, when your steps in planning a wedding has a breakdown, this helps you have a better flow. Set standards and limits, and follow through with them.
Still in the process of planning your wedding? We can help through virtual consultations (available worldwide and the initial consultation is free!), to assist you in building concepts and overall design, whether it be mood board building, or assisting with step by step guides for your set-up. You can also download our complimentary wedding planning binder here to help you get started!
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