Sipping champagne in a bridal salon surrounded by gorgeous gowns. Sampling cake flavors with your partner. Picking out a far-flung honeymoon destination. Yes, some parts of wedding planning are truly as magical as everyone says they are, and you should savor every moment. But others? I’ll be straight with you: They can be downright tedious and annoying. But, your slightly-naggy-in-a-sweet-way future-mother-in-law is right—you’ve got to get through these less-than-glamorous tasks nevertheless.
Here’s a hot list of all of the wedding planning tasks you should cross off your to-do list as soon as possible, so you can get to the good part: Getting married!
Compile your guest list, complete with addresses
Thinking about dancing the night away with all of your family and friends? Amazing. Thinking about rounding up all their names and addresses into a living document that must be kept vigilantly up to date over the next year or so? Nightmare (for most of us, anyway). Still, the wedding wouldn’t be a wedding without guests (it’d be an elopement, which is totally an option, by the way), so you’d best get to the guest list sooner than later, because it’s a necessary evil. The easiest and fastest way to get it over with? Store yours online, so there’s no way it could get misplaced or deleted off your hard drive, and so multiple folks can access it whenever they need to, from wherever they are. Online guest lists also sync up with RSVPs and even address labeling, so you’ll be knocking out a few tasks at once by updating yours. As for figuring out exactly who’s coming in the first place? You need a venue locked down first—then just build your guest list based on its max capacity. Trust me, once you get started it’s a piece of cake! (And you’ll have your friends’ and family’s addresses for birthday cards and holiday packages for years to come!)
Meeting your vendors, IRL
This isn’t annoying per se, but making time for an in-person meeting when literally every part of wedding planning can be done over email these days can be a bit of a hassle (I get it, you’ve got a life to live!). But seriously, you get one wedding, and that one wedding hinges almost entirely on your vendors being people you like, trust and share a vision with. So, in the early stages of planning when things are still relatively calm and panic mode hasn’t yet set in, make it a point to arrange super-short meetups with all of the important vendors. It can be as simple as stopping by their offices to drop off a check in person and introduce yourself. Yes, it’ll be an interruption to your daily programming, but you’ll be glad you did it on your wedding day, when you’re surrounded by familiar faces who are more than just email addresses in your inbox.