What I Learned About My Business Through Planning My Wedding
January 21, 2019
Happy 2019! Sorry for the brief hiatus… between the holiday season and planning my wedding/honeymoon, things were crazy up in here. I hope that 2019 has inspired you to set big goals and start to create an action plan to crush them. I’m still working on my big 2019 goals but will be sure to write a post on them as soon as I have them complete.
But back to the reason we’re here today, my wedding. My husband and I got married on January 5th of this year, and it was indeed the absolute most magical day of my entire life. It’s true when people say that you will remember that day forever. It was perfect.
And I’ll be honest… I know a lot of people say that once the wedding is over, you are so glad the planning is done, but I don’t feel that way. I actually loved the planning process. Some things got a little tedious for me towards the very end, but overall I really enjoyed the entire experience and would do it all over again!
I did learn that planning a wedding is a lot my building my business and I’m going to share my key takeaways from my planning experience that I’m going to convert over to my business.
The more organized you are, the less stressed you’ll be.
I like to believe that I am a highly organized person, at least when I want to be. But the organization that is required to plan a wedding is next level. Coordinating vendors, addresses, payments, guests, gifts, seating charts, menu choices; it all can be very overwhelming if you are not organized and have a clear plan in place.
I DIY-ed a lot of my wedding, so that meant I had a lot of decor and accessories that were sitting around my house just waiting for the day of the event. Using systems that I had put in place, I knew exactly what had been done, what still needs to be done, and where something was at all times. My wedding planners said I was one of the most organized brides they’ve seen (woo woo!).
With any business, processes and systems are the only way you will know what has been done, what still needs to be done, and what goals you are working towards at any moment. To do lists, project management apps, and spreadsheets are great ways to help manage your processes and systems and help you stay organized in your day to day operations
Don’t overthink decisions.
Yes, there are some decisions in your business that are significant decisions that should not be taken lightly. But there are others that are not as important that you can make quickly and move on.
One of the things that made the wedding planning process so easy for me was, I did not overthink the decision making process when it came to choosing vendors to hire. I did my research ahead of time, scheduled a consultation, and if it felt right, we hired them. The only decision that I even scheduled multiple meetings for were venue (duh!) and florist. Everything else was an “it felt right” gut decision. And we could not have had a better team of vendors.
In today’s world of accessibility and technology, we are overwhelmed with options and possibilities that can sometimes slow us down when we have to make a decision. Don’t let small decisions stifle the progress of building your business. Choosing what font to use or what color looks best are decisions that can grow and evolve with you over time. No need to overthink things, unless those decisions are making a substantial financial impact on your business (such as opening a credit card, getting a loan, or hiring a business coach).
One thing I learned in the planning process is to ask questions and ask them often. People don’t know what you don’t know so you cannot expect them to answer all of your questions before you ask them. It’s better to ask the questions upfront, so there is no assumption of the answers. Ask questions, confirm details, and double check everything. I could’ve avoided a few stressors and last minute scares if I would have been better at this.
This goes for your clients as well. Ask all of the questions up front, so no questions are lingering while working on a project. More importantly, if you are working on a project and you are not sure about the next step… stop and ask your questions before you proceed. There’s nothing worse than finishing a project, presenting it to a client, and having to go back and redo it because you didn’t understand something. Just ask the questions!
All in all, wedding planning is a lot of organization, decision making, and follow-up exactly like building your business! The more on top of details you are from the get-go, the less catch-up and problem solving you’ll have to do further down the road.
And now for the reason you are all here… a little sneak peek of my dream wedding day.
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