Feeling overwhelmed?!

Is life feeling too full to plan a wedding?

Juggling wedding planning and life can be a CHALLENGE.

I am outling 8 tips for managing planning while working full-time. 

(Feel free to substitute “going to school”, “raising a child”, or “navigating a health challenge” …just to name a few.)

Life can feel TOO busy to plan a wedding for many couples. I hope these tips make it a little easier to balance it all.

If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed, please keep reading.

And then take time to reflect on the best solution for your budget, priorities, & options.

Try these 8 tips to balance work and wedding planning:

Bride looking at her bridal bouquet
Stay Organized

Staying organized is essential for any couple planning their wedding, but especially if you are both working full-time. Having everything ready to go when you do have time to spare will allow you to get things done more efficiently. While a binder is great, it can be a hassle to carry around. Having a digital spreadsheet will allow you to work on the go whenever you have a spare moment. 

Plan Ahead

Approach each work day knowing what you hope to accomplish while at your desk and after. Having those duties planned out in advance makes it easier to tackle them whenever a burst of free time opens up for you.

Lunch Hour is Key

Take advantage of this special time slot! This is the time for all vendor calls, inquiries and meetings! An hour a day, five hours a week, is precious productive time waiting to be used! Just make sure you don’t let your planning tasks spill over into company time! 

Free Time Is YOUR Time

Every little 10 minutes here, 20 minutes there, is an open opportunity to fit in more wedding work! Calls can be made during your commute, reception music ideas can be listened to during your workouts.

Outdoor wedding centerpiece for a tent wedding
Invest in Help

We have heard time and time again this to be one of the best investments a couple had made during the wedding planning process. There are simply decisions that you don’t have time to fully research or situations you did not plan for (COVID-19, anyone?) and having someone to lean on to execute your wedding vision is invaluable. Most planners offer different packages and are willing to customize a package to help meet your budget needs. So, hire one and trust me – you won’t regret it!

Divide and Conquer

Don’t take on all of the planning burden yourself. Make sure that you, your future spouse, and even family members have certain aspects of the wedding that they are in charge of. Dividing and conquering is one of the best ways that you can plan a wedding without letting it take over your life. 

Consider All-inclusive Venues

You can certainly plan a DIY wedding while working at a full-time job, but it is important to remember that the more decisions you need to make, the more time planning will take. Why worry over what types of chairs, tables, and flowers to choose when you could just get a venue with all of it included? Sometimes all-inclusive options can save you some money too!

Bride & Groom being intimate on their wedding planning
Make Time For You

Juggling work and wedding planning can be overwhelming, even when utilizing the strategies I’ve outlined above. At the end of the day, make sure you do something just for you whether that be exercising, meditating, reading – the list goes on. Trust me, the work emails and the guest lists will still be there when you return.

Last, but not least, remember that working full-time and planning a wedding is challenging for EVERYONE. It’s not that others have figured out the ultimate solution to balancing everything, but rather that you will find the right solution for you.

Until next time, friend.


P.S. — Remember that I’m here to support you in this journey if you’re needing more support.

Marsha VanArk, Lead Wedding Planner at Distinctly Yours Wedding & Events
Marsha VanArk, Lead Planner & Owner of Distinctly Yours Wedding & Events,llc