Planning is the key to a success. There are those who say, “to fail to prepare is to prepare to fail” and never was a truer word spoken when it comes to planning a wedding. I’m a huge advocate of planning – it’s the most sensible approach to organizing such a big, important occasion. And, not forgetting, there is a very good reason why most betrothed couples take on average 12-18 months planning their Big Day: There is A LOT to consider.
So, for my own wedding, I decided to approach it much like I did my GCSE exams I sat for when I was 16 – by creating a visual wall chart which helped me tackle things in bite-sized pieces. There are loads of lists out there; vast, exhaustive lists of what you need to do 12 months before, 9 months before, and the last week of your engagement. But nothing really worked for my brain – I’m very visual and get great satisfaction from seeing physical proof of my progress. This chart was color-coordinated and had lots of blanks for me to fill in along the journey. And the best part of the chart was that I was never overwhelmed with what I still hadn’t organized. Bite sized pieces = Simple.
So, to make this a little more suitable for a broader range of weddings, I have customized my Personal Planning Chart and adapted it for you to download and print: Wedding-Planner-18-to-12-months-before_Layout-1 (Free Template!)
It prints onto four pages, which you can either store away neatly in your wedding file, or you can pin it up on your wall for a more hands-on approach like I did. It is by no means exhaustive as I wanted it to be suitable for small or large weddings, but covers the important elements which most brides and grooms will find helpful. Pin bits to it, sketch out ideas, and add photos for inspiration – it makes for a great keepsake too!
Great Blog Michelle, I love the printable chart, wish I’d had one for my big day. Good luck with your big day x
I would love to download the free template for the Wedding Planner, but I am unable too! If I click the Download or Printable link it takes me to the Archive page with all the other templates you have available
All three of my browsers seem to not be compatible to download the template. I can’t even see an image. 🙁
I would love to download your free template, but when I click the link, I came to a blank archives page without any download. Isn’t it available any more?
I love this idea but can’t seem to get the link to work!
I would really like to use this template for my wedding planning but it only carries me to a blank page when i click and open it….please help!!
Hi Tashante! The file has been restored! Go ahead and click on the link in the post.
This is adorable! I’m going to share it with my brides.
thank your your blog helps a lot