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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: Plan the Perfect Honeymoon with Honeyfund

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Marrying your better half is the first step in starting a beautiful life together. As a couple, embarking on this journey will have its ups and downs, but you’ll know if you are right for one another before you step foot on the altar on your big day.

This courageous journey is exciting to say the least. And the adventure begins on the glorious honeymoon vacation that you’ll take soon after you recite your vows during the marriage ceremony.

Paying for a wedding is an expensive proposition. In order to have the wedding of your dreams, you took every chance that you had to raise capital or save money so that your big day would be perfect when the time came. You should put forth the same amount of effort to raise funds for your honeymoon.

Your honeymoon is important because it’s the first thing you’ll do together as a married couple. So you want this happy occasion to be perfect!

How can you make it perfect? Honeyfund, the crowdfunding website dedicated to help happy couples raise funds for honeymoon bliss, is an extremely popular way to receive money needed to pay for the perfect trip. It’s the whole reason why the website was created in the first place.

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Honeyfund’s Humble Beginnings

Although this website is finally starting to catch the public’s attention, most people still have never heard of this dynamic honeymoon registry. And that’s a shame because it’s changing the way that we receive wedding gifts for the better.

The founders of this website created it originally because they didn’t have enough money to go on their dream honeymoon. Instead of having a less than satisfactory experience during this momentum occasion, Sara and Josh Margulis decided to take matters into their own hands. Before long, they set up a honeymoon registry that helped soon to be married couples like themselves receive “sponsorships” in lieu of traditional gifts. And this allowed them to get the money to pay for their dream honeymoon.

For one reason or another, couples are often hesitant to ask for “sponsorships” on this honeymoon registry. Some just aren’t that familiar with crowdfunding. Others feel that they shouldn’t receive money instead of traditional wedding gifts.

Do you need money to pay for your honeymoon? Try Honeyfund today and experience the same benefits as thousands of others in your shoes.

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Is Honeyfund the Best Honeymoon Registry to Meet My Crowdfunding Needs?

We can’t think of a better honeymoon registry besides Honeyfund. This site is perfect because it lets you use its platform for free. It’s unique and has many wonderful features. Our favorite is the honeymoon itinerary planner. It lets you add specific activities to your crowdfunding page. And then your guests can make donations based on the activities that they would like to pay for.

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Other Crowdfunding Benefits

If you intend to raise funds for other important milestones during your marriage, we recommend using the Honeyfund sister site called Plumfund.

There are many ways to take advantage of crowdfunding. For married couples, here are a few of our favorites:

  • pay off student loans
  • raise money for a down payment on a new home
  • pay off outstanding credit card debt
  • raise money for in vitro fertilization

Are you ready to take the perfect honeymoon vacation? Honeyfund will help make your dreams a reality.

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

Join Us For Wedding Wednesday at the Philadelphia Flower Show!

We will be in the house, will you?

The Details Made Simple girls will be at the Philadelphia Flower Show for the Wedding Wednesday event and we would LOVE you forever if you and your crew joined us on March 9th!

The #Wedding Wednesday event is hosted by Philadelphia Wedding Magazine and goes from 6-8pm at Pennsylvania Convention Center. We will be there early for a pre-party celebration with live music, cocktails and a bunch of fun at 5pm, so come and join us!Wedding Wednesday Flower Show

 

Tickets are $50 each and include admission to the Flower Show; you can grab yours online here (you’ll find the Wedding Wednesdat event listed as an add-on under “Flower Show Experiences”).

TIP: They usually sell out early, so you’ll want to scoop your tickets up now so you don’t miss out.

We’ll will be in house having some fun and also giving away some pretty cool swag and discounts, so be sure to stop by and say hi!

 

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