How to Stay Organized for your Hawaii Wedding

Have you ever heard the saying, “Organization is the key to success”? Well when it comes to your Oahu Wedding, it is most definitely true! It is very important to stay organized from the very beginning of starting to plan your wedding day. There are so many details that have to go in to planning a wedding, and being organized can prevent you from getting overly stressed. Here at Best Day Ever Hawaii we have a few tips on how to stay organized for your Hawaii Wedding.

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1.
Buy a Calendar or Datebook
Once you determine your wedding date, set specific dates by which you want to get things accomplished. For example, you got engaged in June, and your wedding date is April 24. On August 31, mark in that you want to have the ceremony location and reception hall reserved. Try to get as much done as possible in the first few months so that the last few months won’t be so hectic.
2. Set Aside Time
Choose a day of the week when you’ll focus on the wedding details, or several days. Sit down together and plan. This eliminates confusion – i.e., the groom thinks he’s supposed to call and check on hall rentals when the bride has already narrowed it down to what will suit their needs.
3. Share Duties
This is the best way to get things done. You should both be involved in every step along the way. Make a list of details to be taken care of, then divide the list in half. Each of you choose what you want to do. This will help to make the grooms want to be involved, instead of making them feel like they have to help. Involving your husband to be will make him feel that it’s his wedding too.
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4. Download the App Bride Guide
If you are a bride on the go, you need an app called Bride Guide. It helps you keep all of your precious wedding information in the palm of your hand. It was designed by a wedding planner, so besides checklists, budget trackers, and calendars, you’ll also get helpful articles and real-life wedding advice, like which flowers are in season. If you don’t want to carry a binder to keep track of everything, every where you go, I highly recommend this app!
5. Ask for help! 
Don’t be afraid to ask for help from family members and friends! You don’t want to take on too much and become stressed out months before your wedding. Talk to your friends and see what they would be willing to help out with, that’s what they are there for!
6. Get a Coordinator

It’s important, to have a coordinator help you!  Some brides need a little more help from the beginning of the planning process, some in the middle and if your a complete DIY and super organized type of bride you may not need help until the very end.  Make a decision as to what type of wedding planning help you will need prior to calling a wedding planner.  Check out all of their services and reviews and then schedule a time to meet!  Never book a coordinator without having a consult first!  Take the time to get a good idea for what service they are providing and make sure to have a list of questions for them too.  There are so many details that need to be gone over and checked especially in the last few months before the wedding and theres also, no way the bride (or a family member can step in at the last minute to pull off such an important and large event, the event of the a lifetime!).  This is the most important tip, we can give, hire a planner!  Hire a professional, someone you trust to handle all of the details of your special day so that you can sit back and enjoy all of your hard work and planning! 🙂

 

There’s a lot to think about when it comes to planning a wedding, that’s why it is so important to stay organized from the very beginning! Hope you enjoy our Top 6 Wedding Tips and I hope they help you stay organized throughout the whole process! To all our favorite Hawaii Brides and Grooms ~ Congrats on your engagement!

Happy Monday!

xo,

Nicole + Marielle
Best Day Ever Hawaii
Hawaii’s Premiere Wedding Planning Team

Hawaii Couple Pic courtesy of one of our featured photographers:  Ashley Goodwin.

Our Favorite Wedding Websites

Just get engaged?  One of the first things I did after I got engaged was looked up how to create a wedding website. Surprisingly- there are tons of sites that help you create a personalized website.  I came across a recent post in OnceWed.com which featured the Wedding Window, a new site with tons of super fun templates that helps you to create your very own personalized Hawaii Wedding website. . . Don’t worry, it’s really easy!  In these modern times, wedding websites are the new & hip way to get all your information to your guests (location, map, things to do, hotels to stay at, your couple story, day of events, etc.). Plus, they’re really fun (and simple!) to set up. Another cool site that allows you to create fun personal wedding websites is My Wedding. Both sites have ton’s of templates to choose from and personalize, both sites are really easy to use, and best of all, both sites are FREE!!

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Here’s a link to a sample Hawaii Wedding website I made. Especially check out the “Attractions” page to get some great ideas of how to get your out of town guests some great island tips. Consider including travel information, cool sites local sites to visit – Hanauma Bay, Chinamans Hat, Kualoa Ranch, Sandy Beach, Waikiki at night, etc. You can also include a travel itenerary or special local foods you’d like to recommend to your guests (ie. Helenas Hawaiian food, Rainbows plate lunches, Waiola or Matsumotos shaved ice). You can make your website fun and informative. Contact your Hawaii Wedding Planner today if you need help or want to know more.