Today I am going to be sharing my second post that I put together as the May Guest Wedding Editor of Brit + Co. Below, I share my best tips on how to stay organized when planning your pre-parties and all of the events leading up to your wedding…

See Lauren's full post on how to plan every event leading up to your wedding over on Brit + Co
Hi, everyone! In case you missed it, last week I announced that I’m going to be the Guest Wedding Editor of Brit + Co for the month of May. I’m so excited about sharing my wedding planning tips with all of you in these Wedding Wednesday posts, especially after writing the chapter about my own wedding in my new book Celebrate. For my second post as guest editor, today I’m going to be sharing five key tips to keep in mind when planning your wedding and all of the events leading up to it. There’s so much that goes into your big day, and it’s easy to get lost in the details. When writing this post, I reflected back on what helped me to stay calm and organized throughout the process. And today I’m sharing those tips right here with all of you.

Any bride will tell you that the wedding planning process begins the minute you get engaged and ends the day you get home from your honeymoon. There’s a lot to plan and think about, but it’s also one of the most exciting times of your life. That said, here are my five top tips you’ll want to keep in mind as you enjoy the excitement behind planning and attending your wedding events…

1. Timeline is key.

I talk about this in my book Celebrate, but it’s important to echo it again: Getting your wedding planning timeline set in stone is key. The minute you get engaged, you’ll want to get an idea of what your timeline will be. For example, getting married six months after you get engaged will give you a very different timeline of events than getting married a year and a half after getting engaged. I recommend working backwards: Before you start working on any of the details, decide what time of year you want to get married and think about your location. Then, you can map out where your engagement party, bachelorette, bridal showers, and everything else will fall in the months in between. Click here to see our wedding timeline!

2. Figure out your headcount and guest list.

Nail down the guest list and get those addresses ASAP. You’ll want to know this pretty early in the wedding planning process so that you can make sure you’re not inviting anyone to your engagement party who you won’t be able to invite to your wedding too. You’ll also want to get the contact info from each of your guests earlier on than you think. I set up an online address book system to get the email addresses and home addresses of all of my attendees, and I can’t tell you how often I used it. Having a database like this comes in handy for everything from sending out save the dates to writing thank you notes.

Want to read three more of my wedding planning tips? Head over to Brit + Co to read the rest of this post!

What other tips would you add to this list?

Let me know, and see you here next week!

XO Lauren

Photos: Celebrate