With work and other obligations, it is hard enough to squeeze wedding planning into your busy life. But in the month of December, when shopping and holiday parties are added into the mix, how do you still plan a wedding and your social calendar, while keeping your sanity?
Here are some holiday hints and multi-tasking ideas from your wedding planning that may help organize your holiday bustle.
Remember your wedding planning notebook or spreadsheet? It can be a dear friend when it comes to helping you to stay organized in other parts of your life as well. Using an Excel spreadsheet with multiple tabs that can be sent to your iPhone or a tabbed 3-ring binder/notebook that is small enough for transport, you can label separate tabs for gift ideas, recipes, events and more.
Wedding Invitation Lists
If you’re already organized with your wedding invitation lists, sending Christmas cards should be a snap. If not, this is an excellent time to get organized. As everyone in your family is gathering addresses for their own lists, and seeing distant relatives at holiday gatherings, remember to ask for the missing addresses on your invitation lists. And, if you’re sure that your Christmas card list is the same as your invitation list, you can include an informal save the date with your Christmas cards!
If you are slated to be a bridesmaid in the coming year, you can knock two items off your holiday to-do list in one stop. Today’s bridesmaid gowns are fun and stylishly modern. If you have holiday parties on your to-do list or if you are planning ahead for New Year’s Eve, take an afternoon to look for today’s best bridesmaid styles and see if any of them would work double duty as an evening gown for your holiday events. Even if you are not wishing one dress to pull double duty, you might find dresses that will work perfectly for your office party or New Year’s celebrations alongside your bridesmaid choices.
Take Advantage of the After-Christmas Sales
When you are planning your wedding, you can get some true bargains after the holidays are done. Think about strands of lights for decorating your reception hall, candles for the tables or chocolates wrapped in red foil for favors, wedding welcome bags. Any dollar you save is one that can go towards another wedding purchase you need to make later.
If you are hosting a holiday party at your home and have yet to decide on a caterer, baker or florist for your wedding, now’s the time to multi-task and research at the same time. If you find a vendor you love for your holiday party, you might just love them for your wedding as well.
If you time things right, you can test out your wedding day hair and makeup at the big party, or holiday gathering and see if the style and makeup holds up through the day.
Worried About Money?
If you and your family distribute Christmas wish lists, don’t be afraid to include the wedding day shoes, jewelry or other accessories on your list. You can ask for gift certificates to the salon where you plan to have pre-wedding pampering, or even individual items such as the flower girl basket, wedding cake, or wedding day transportation.
Christmas Gifts, Hostess Presents, and Wedding Favors
If you’re like most people, you’ve been invited to a slew of parties and open houses, and have a variety of “random people” to buy presents for: work colleagues, the mailman, the kids’ teachers. When you’re shopping for wedding favors, keep an eye out for gifts to buy in bulk. Consider boxes of chocolates, bottles of olive oil, or bath products, or goofy gifts from Oriental Trading Company. And, if you’re buying the wine for your wedding yourself, order an extra case to take as hostess presents.
Tips from Nina Calloway, About.com