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The Checklist Before The Checklist: 5 Things To Do Before You Really Start Wedding Planning

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As Wedding Coordinators, we know how essential it is to stay organized when planning a wedding, and one of the main ways we do that is with wedding checklists, timelines, to-do lists, and of course our tried-and-true traditional wedding binders!

Traditionally, timelines and to-do lists have been printable, one-size-fits-nobody documents that start after many things are already in motion and get stuffed away (and somehow lost) in those binders we mentioned. Thankfully, technology has done wonders for our organization skills, and many new-age wedding planning tools are developed with interactive capabilities for brides, grooms, and wedding planners to take full advantage of. This wedding checklist tool from WeddingWire, for example, uses your personal wedding information — your wedding date, progress so far, etc. — to generate a customized and super detailed to-do list.

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But what about the earliest of early details — before you have that wedding date, or really any idea of what you want your big day to look like? Enter: the checklist before the checklist.

Below is a list of some of the early things to start thinking about if you’re engaged or know you’ll likely be getting engaged soon (we know the best secrets are hard to keep!). This is basically a “take some time to daydream” checklist, or list of questions to ask yourself — you know, if you didn’t grow up fantasizing about every floral detail.

 

Talk With Your Fiance

This may seem obvious, but it’s too important to leave out like all the other wedding checklists do. All too often we hear brides sighing in frustration over their disengaged fiance, or the opposite where someone is shocked over how much their partner cares about certain things. This is why you should start everything with a conversation. Have some fun with it! Make it a date where you celebrate your upcoming journey, but where you also ask one another about your wants, needs, and preferred involvement in the entire process. This ensures that you start wedding planning as a team, but that you understand and respect the role you each will play going forward.

Of course, things change — so make this a reoccurring chat where you have frequent check-ins to keep communication open.

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Get Realistic With Research

While we called this a daydream list, it’s more fun to fantasize within the realm of what’s possible. Start by digging into what weddings commonly cost on a high-level, including everything from favors to venues. These numbers will help you understand what’s realistic and what’s not, what things you’re willing to cut out all together, which things are must-haves no matter the cost, and also with the next item on this list.

 

Know Your Financial Personality

This is less fun than the others, but still important and more useful than being prompted to “choose your budget.” If you know a friend or family member would want to contribute heavily, are you comfortable having large expenses come out of someone else’s pocket? If you know you’re on your own, are you comfortable living with any added debt? Answering these questions honestly and right away will then guide every other decision you make, and how you’ll think about those choices in the first place.

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Find Your Favorite Time of Year

Your wedding should be a representation of who you are, so think about which season brings you the most joy. Meditating on this fact will help you then decide other crucial details, like your actual wedding date and whether or not you want an indoor or outdoor venue.

If you come alive in the summer, for example, you’ll need to figure out if you’re willing to risk the chance of getting caught in the rain at an outdoor celebration. It seems like we’ve gotten worse than ever at predicting the weather, but tools like Weather Planner try their best to help with picking dates far in advance and could be worth checking out.

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Focus On The Feeling

This may seem silly, but we promise it’s worth trying out. This is kind of like a meditation and vision board exercise in one. At some point, you should sit quietly with yourself and close your eyes and without thinking of anything else, just picture your perfect wedding day. What do you notice first? What does it feel like? Let the images play out in your mind for at least 5 minutes, and then write it all down on a piece of paper or create a Pinterest board even. Hopefully you’ll have a mix of things, from the people you really love to certain colors or moods, like lightheartedness or serenity.

This piece of paper is now the physical embodiment of “the big picture” that you need to remember and revisit often whenever you feel like you’re getting wrapped up in minute details that really don’t matter, which happens to the best of us. But at least this way, you’ll remember where your planning all started and what you’re truly working towards.

And Hey – Remember, having a Wedding Coordinator by your side will make the wedding planning process that much easier. We will guide you through all these wedding checklists, make sure you are on track all while keeping you and the hubby stress-free. Let’s face it, wedding planning can be hectic and not easy – but is still should be fun! XOXO

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Guest Post: FREE Wedding Planning Tool ALLSEATED Makes Seating Charts a Breeze!

Thank you to Carla for allowing us to take over Details Made Simple blog today, giving us the opportunity to introduce you to AllSeated!


AllSeated’s online planning tools are all about simplifying your life while limiting the stress that is so often associated with planning your special day.

Yes, you read that correctly – we simplify your life and limit stress (much like your DMS Coordinators)! Contrary to popular belief, wedding planning does not need to be stressful! Using our easy-to-use tools (which are FREE!) can really help you to organize all of your wedding details in one place while saving you time — giving you more time to spend on enjoying this special time in your life.

 So what exactly is AllSeated?

AllSeated is a free online event planning tool helping brides easily plan their special day. With everything stored in one place and updated in real-time with access from anywhere, there’s no longer a need for PDF files or hand-writing your wedding planning details!

What AllSeated helps you to do:

  • Instantly build wedding floorplans
  • Arrange seating charts
  • View floorplans with seating arrangements in 3D < – so cool!
  • Manage guest lists
  • Collaborate with your wedding vendors and entourage
  • Track RSVP’s
  • Build event timelines
  • Store meal types and keep notes
  • Print reports

Since AllSeated is a collaborative tool, you will have the ability to invite the important people into your AllSeated account to not only assist you but keep everyone on the same page. Also, did you know that the fabulous ladies at Details Made Simple are fully trained on the platform? They can help walk you through anytime you need!

 **The DMS gals at the office being trained by Rebecca and Dina**

Displaying D00D8CA3125B44B98D4C0A6305FA1722.jpgDisplaying D00D8CA3125B44B98D4C0A6305FA1722.jpgNeed your best friend’s help with your seating charts? Invite her in!

Want your caterer’s opinion of your floorplan layout? Invite him in!

 

Need to send your guest list to the calligrapher for your invitations and escort cards? Not a problem, generate a report of your guest list directly from your AllSeated account (in either PDF or Excel format) which can then be sent to your calligrapher.

We recently released our 1st version of the AllSeated “Day-Of App”, available for iPad and Android tablets!

The AllSeated Day-Of App is an extension of AllSeated built specifically for the day of your wedding. The Day-Of App offers a full check-In system, the ability to view the floor plan setups in both 2D and 3D, while also giving you access to the guest list and seating arrangements with table breakdown. If there is a guest that can’t find their seats, no problem your Wedding Day Coordinator can easily look up their seating arrangements on the app!

Top Features:

  • Check-In System: Allows you to check in guests as they arrive
  • Realtime collaboration on the Check-In
  • Overview of the Check-In status
  • View the layout both in 2D and 3D view
  • Reports: Guest list and seating arrangements

 See what Brides Tiffany &  Hannah are saying about AllSeated!

 

Learn more by visiting the AllSeated website where you can also create your free account. Please be sure to follow us on social media too! We are always sharing the latest and greatest wedding trends and articles!~

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Go Shawty, it's our Birthday!

Go, go, a go Shawty, it’s our Birthday!!

We are so excited to celebrate our 5th anniversary today! We are so blessed and thankful for the last 5 years, what an amazing ride it has been! With 5yrs down, now a team of 8, over 200 weddings done and many fabulous brides and grooms that will forever be in our hearts, we are blessed to celebrate such a great accomplishment with you!

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You may have heard me say this before and I still stands by that I seriously have the best team in the wedding industry and we have so much to be proud of! Each one of us has this crazy obsession with weddings and undying passion for helping others, and that is what truly sets us apart.

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In honor of this amazing milestone, lets celebrate 5 years with an additional 5% OFF any full Wedding Coordination Package till the end of the month! *new clients only *

Help us celebrate by spreading the word, SHARE the news to your engaged friends, family members and fellow  #girlbosses!

XOXO,

Carla

The super proud Owner & Founder of Details Made Simple

Details Made Simple Wedding Day Coordinator Celebrates 100 Weddings!

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Details Made Simple Wedding Day Coordinator Celebrates 100 Weddings!

We are so excited to say that today we celebrate our 100th wedding since the launch of Details Made Simple in 2011!

Wow, what a fabulous ride it has been! Being a wedding day coordinator is so awesome! It has been a true pleasure to work with each and every one of our brides as each one has impacted our lives in one way or another! It is so humbling to know that the hard work we do turns into the reason why our brides have the dream of their perfect wedding become a reality.

To celebrate such a fabulous accomplishment and to show our appreciation we are offering $100 OFF any full package for the month of April. So if you have any gal pals getting hitched you, please pass this on to them!

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To our first 100 brides, THANK YOU for being a part of this accomplishment! We are so honored to have been a part of your special day!

So please join us at we toast to our greatest accomplishment to date! Here’s to our first 100 weddings and to the next 100 fabulous weddings we do! CHEERS! (…clink clink)

XOXO,

Carla, Michelle and Shadé

 

Details Made Simple's 3rd Anniversary!

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It was three years ago today when I sitting in my living room thinking, there has to be a way to help brides and groom make there big day completely stress-free and amazing. Three years ago today I thought about how with all my skills and passion for love, I can definitely do something about this and Details Made Simple was born!

It’s been a long road to build such a unique company to what it is today, but we would be nothing if it wasn’t for all our amazing brides throughout the years. Every single one of them has changed our lives, one wedding at a time, in some way or another and for that we are eternally grateful.

I look look forward to providing the best services in the tri-state area and still being one the New Jersey’s top wedding vendors!

WE LOVE YOU!

~ Carla Friday

Owner of Details Made Simple

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