Everyone who’s been working from home knows how much of a struggle it can be. Waking up on time, taking a lunch break that isn’t four hours long, focusing on your tasks instead of your pets—that stuff is difficult! Add wedding planning on top of it and the whole situation can seem like a bit too much to handle. But don’t stress! We’ve rounded up our top tips for balancing working from home and planning your wedding to help you out. From getting everything organized to remembering to take breathers, these little nuggets of advice should see you through your crammed workdays and wedding planning seshes.
Here are a few tips for balancing working from home and planning your wedding at the same time.
Get your wedding stuff organized
First thing’s first: You need to get organized. You can’t expect greatness to come out of total chaos, so take a little time to get everything in order. Sort out your wedding planning checklist, make yourself a cheat sheet of all your vendors, and create a concrete plan that tells you what your next steps are. Having everything prepped and ready to go will be super helpful when you’re trying to juggle other tasks along with wedding planning (you know, like your work and your relationships). It’ll also make it easy to delegate tasks to other people (i.e. your fiancé(e) when you just don’t have the bandwidth to hit a wedding deadline.
If you don’t have an office, dedicate a space in your home to working
Not all of us are lucky enough to have an actual office in our homes, and if you don’t have one you’re going to need to create something out of nothing. If you don’t use your dining room table a lot, have a breakfast nook that’s basically been gathering dust, or even a kitchen counter that often goes unused, turn it into your office for the time being. Once chosen, that space should be dedicated to work and work alone. When you’re outside of that bubble you can work on wedding planning, but when you take a seat at your makeshift desk, it’s all about the business, baby.
Make designated working hours for yourself so that you always have a schedule
If your work has put hours in place for you, you can skip this step, but if not, make yourself a work schedule. Choose hours when you’re typically most productive and stick to those so that you have a routine to work through every day. This will ensure that you don’t blur the line between work, planning, and anything else you need to make time for.
Don’t try to tackle work AND planning at the same time
This step is super important: don’t let your wedding planning tasks mix in with your workday tasks. Any overlap could lead to embarrassing missteps, like sending your boss an email about your favourite wedding cake flavours or telling all your coworkers about which undergarments work best with your gown. Your work and your planning hours should be totally separate so that you can focus all of your energy on one task and not face any slip-ups.
Dedicate the time that used to be for commuting to wedding planning
Got an extra hour or two of free time in your schedule since you no longer need to take the bus or subway to work? Use the time you typically would be in transit to plan little bits and pieces of your big day. Sure, you probably won’t make any massive decisions in these hours, but you can chip away at taxing tasks like whittling down your guest list and creating your seating chart. Oh, and if your partner isn’t going into the office either, invite them to get in on the wedding planning action.
Share the wedding planning workload with your partner
Speaking of your partner, you need to remember you’re not on this journey alone. Your partner is there for more than support—they should be helping you plan your celebration, too. From choosing linens to putting together your dream playlist, they need to be just as in it to win it as you are (unless of course you’ve discussed taking on more or less of the workload).
Stay in constant contact with your wedding vendors
You should be staying in contact with your wedding vendors, even if you can’t see them IRL right now. Keep them updated on your plans as they change (if they are changing at all), so that they can plan accordingly. For example, you don’t need to call your florist every time you make a change to your seating chart, but you should probably let them know once you decide how many tables you have so you can start figuring out wedding centerpieces.
Set clear deadlines for yourself
Just like you have deadlines for work, you should have deadlines for wedding planning. Figure out when you want to have your vendors booked, your seating chart finished, and every other detail figured out and stick to that schedule. If you’re not sure when you should be aiming to get stuff done, go ahead and ask your wedding planner or knowledgeable pal for help.
Remember to take breaks
Breaks are always important! Take time for some rest and relaxation, away from both work and wedding planning to recenter yourself. Your mental health is important, and you need to tend to it in these trying times!
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