When planning your wedding it is no surprise that you want a day that demands such an emotional and financial investment to be all kinds of magic, but inspiration fatigue is a real thing. We are so lucky to have inspiration at our fingertips through so many different mediums but a few minutes on Pinterest can so easily become hours.
Here are a few small steps will help give you clarity throughout the whole planning process...
Take The Time to Note Down Your Dream Day
It’s so important to get clarity on what your ‘dream day’ really is. Take the time with your partner to envision it, and write it down - there is an entire section dedicated to this in the An Organised Life x Together Journal Wedding Planner. This will help you articulate what is actually important to you both and gives you a point of reference every time a wedding is doing the rounds on Pinterest. This is something you can reflect upon and if you wish, add to, as you progress your planning and become more immersed in your vision.
Choose 4 to 5 reference images as your base and pop them on the pages, pulling out the different things you love about them. What is it about these that inspire you? This might be an emotion or feeling, a colour palette, a favourite bloom. Whatever it is, using your planner this way will help give you clarity at the beginning to use as your sense check when you get swept up in the inspiration.
Pro tip: use Blu Tack instead of tape so you can shuffle these around as you please.
Determine What Is Important To You And Prioritise
Prioritising what is important to you at the beginning is the equivalent of managing your own expectations. Of course, these will change over time but when you see something you love, using this original list might help you determine whether or not you actually love it and whether or not it is actually important to you to have. Inspiration can be a vortex, sometimes, you can appreciate something without needing to implement it yourself, and if you do find yourself still thinking about it weeks later then maybe revisit your list, and re-prioritise. This will give you confidence in the decisions you’ve made and the direction you’re taking.
Take A Break From The Wedding Bubble
Give yourself safe spaces while you’re in the planning process to disconnect. Create a small sanctuary for your mind to have some relief.
Although challenging, try to give yourself a little space when planning and then dedicate time to throw yourself full steam ahead into your planner. Keep this as your little inspiration black book and when you have an idea that you think needs considering put it on a post-it for review then pop it in permanently once you’ve had some time to think about it.
Tips to get the most out of your wedding planner
- Pop your favourite images into your planner with Blu Tack instead of tape so they can be easily manoeuvred, without ripping any pages.
- If you have an idea you’re not too sure about, use post-it notes to pop this in as a placeholder for the time being then you can either discard or note it down permanently after you’ve mulled it over.
- Detail your priorities in the budget section of your planner along with the investment you’re willing to make will help ensure your priorities are aligned with the spend, your budget investment should be proportionate to the level of priority.
- Set yourself checkpoints to reprioritise and review your priorities, and add these to the planning checklist so you don’t miss them.
- Use a small space in your planner to note down how you want to feel at the end of the celebrations - emotions will keep you centered.
Words and imagery by Rosalie Molloy, you can find Rosalie on Instagram at @RosalieMolloy and www.NotSavingLives.com