March 1, 2011

#2 Organizing Principle for Brides:Break it Down!

When was the last time you planned a party for tens or hundreds of people? Never? We'll--you're not alone. In fact, you're one of thousands of brides and grooms who are putting together their dream day without any past experience.

If you're overwhelmed with the thought of being in charge of all the planning for your wedding, then you need to utilize an important organizing principle: BREAK IT DOWN

What do I mean by BREAK IT DOWN? Any large task, such as planning a wedding has many components to it and many players--vendors, family, friends, retail stores, etc. Juggling all of the people and tasks associated with a wedding can be mind-blowing and send the most organized bride into fetal position. 'Breaking down' an overwhelming task enables the brain to 'chunk' information in small, easier to manage bits.

Don't have a breakdown! Follow these steps for 'breaking it down:'

List your tasks
Either on paper or on your computer, list all of your vendors and the tasks associated with them (phone calls, emails, face-to-face meetings, fittings, etc.)

Create a timeline/schedule
There are many bridal websites and magazines that offer wedding planning timelines. Compare them and apply the information to your own wedding needs.

Prioritize
Take your task list and your timeline and determine what tasks need to be done first and what can wait a month or two or until a few weeks before your wedding day.

Delegate (1st organizing principle)
Look at your task list. Determine which tasks you must be in charge of and which others can help you accomplish.

Cross it off
When the task is completed, cross it off your list. It's a great way to show you're one step closer to your goal and your big day.

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