The Best Wedding Planning Spreadsheet. Ever.

Ok so maybe I’m a little bias! It’s the one I created after all.

We’ve all been there. Or maybe you’re getting there right now (in which case… CONGRATS!!! Let’s see that rock, please show it off in the comments below!). That moment where the initial high of carrying around that extra bling on your hand sets in and you realize you have no idea where to start.

The Three Wedding Planning Checklists You Need.

Free Wedding Planning Downloads:

Buried in Wedding Planning BooksWhen I planned my own wedding, the first thing I did was what every newly engaged sane person would do. I grabbed my keys and drove as fast as I could to Barnes & Nobles with a huge Starbucks latte. I just knew I was going to find the ultimate wedding planning guide and gosh darnnit if I wasn’t going to have a checklist and to-do’s for everyone and probably half my vendors by the time I got to the last page.

So once I got there…

I went into the wedding section and found about 100 different options. Specialty guides for the DIY couple, for the lesbian brides, for the gay brides, for the Asian bride who wants to wear white instead of red — you name it, it’s there. But you know what wasn’t there? Anything digestible.

That’s right. Not one thing that actually simplifies or helps you in any remote way.

I found myself buying 6 planning books that day. Yep, SIX. Crazy, right? But each one had that “one” thing I thought I needed so I ended up taking those 6 and ripping the pages I needed and made my own little wedding scrapbook-ish binder. And life was perfect almost $300 later.

You Spent HOW MUCH on that?

So if you gasped at that $300 on wedding books, you might pass out when you start counting all random itty bitty unexpected costs that start popping up that no one tells you about.

For example, the size of your invitation response envelope. Did you know those adorable little perfect gift-card-sized envelopes that weigh next to nothing and should have a first-class stamp on that sucker, it actually is “too small” and costs WAY more? As in almost $2.00 more. Per Envelope. #DIYfail.

Check here for USPS postage guidelines. Thank me later.

What Do I Need To Know About Planning a Wedding Anyways?

Honestly it really does boil down to a couple things:

  • Budget: Here’s the thing. Weddings are expensive. Like, driving a brand new car off a cliff expensive. The average wedding with 125 guests today costs between $30,000 and $50,000. Find a number that works for you and as you work your “must-haves” into that budget, you’ll start to figure out how many people you can include in your big day or what you need to forego.
  • Must-Haves: Each of you pick no more than 3. This is about both of you coming together and making the day that describes BOTH of you.
  • Your blue sky wedding day: this is the “everything you dreamed of and more” so you can start chipping away at it until you get it to something you love, but can reasonably afford)
  • Canned Responses: This is your golden nugget. It will be especially helpful when people start suggesting what you need on your day. Start practicing “Oh gosh that is interesting! I’ll have to look into it and see if that’s something that works for us”. They feel acknowledged and you have committed to nothing.

Once you get a handle on that pesky budget, the planning is so much easier and is (wait for it) actually enjoyable. You will look back on this time and be nostalgic, and if not for the final price tag — totally ready to plan another one.

My Checklist Gifts To You – Let’s Save You $300

Since our wedding, I’ve reflected on and gathered all the things I learned to help friends and peers who began their own wedding process. I’ve even had the honor of coordinating a number of friends weddings. Since then, I’ve refined and simplified everything you need to know and check off that list for a fantastic best day ever.

Below you will find the links to 3 free downloads — hope they help you on this amazing journey to your best day ever!

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