With less than a month to go, it is crunch time for my wedding. I like to think of myself as someone who can take on challenges. I mention a whole bunch of them in the post just before this one. One of my most physically gruelling challenges was hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru.
Clearly, I am no stranger to taking on a challenge. For anyone who has gone through it or if you’re currently going through it like myself, you’ll know that wedding planning is a HUGE CHALLENGE. The majority of people I know hated the whole process and couldn’t wait to get it over with.
I am part of that majority. I find myself wanting to do other things. I will go as far to say that I’d rather cook and clean than wedding plan. Wedding planning can be a lot of work and take up a lot of time. Since I have been Lil Miss Procrastinator, I am spending practically every weekend and many evenings during the week on wedding stuff. Now I understand why people get wedding planners.
I like to think of myself of an organized person. Early on, I was on the ball and had the major wedding tasks completed. I would brag to family and friends that all was left were the little things. But come early September, after my cousin’s Labour Day weekend wedding, it hit me hard.
It’s those little wedding tasks that kill you. As I started to make the list, it became longer and longer. I had multiple lists and a heck of lot of scribbling in a notebook. I actually had a couple of breakdowns and sleepless nights. I didn’t know where to start or what was priority.
After venting to my bridal party, I realized I needed to take a different approach. While the traditional method of jotting down things on a list normally works for me, I knew for something as big as a wedding (and given the fact I despised wedding planning), I needed another method to help get this shit done.
I got introduced to Trello at my current job.
While Pinterest to me is a visual inspiration/idea board, Trello is the visual organization board. By dividing my lists into categories such as:
- Haven’t Started
- In Progress
- Task Assignments
I add “cards” or items to these lists. What’s great about them is that you can add labels, set due dates, add comments to the items and add members to these items so they can comment when applicable (I added my fiance to some of them). If they don’t have Trello, you can add their email address by using the add members option located on the menu so that they can view your board.
The lists are dynamic. Rather than crossing them off and having them stay on the list crossed off, I move the cards around. For example, a card will be in the Haven’t Started list, then it gets moved to the In Progress list and then eventually the Done list (this is my favourite list). Moving cards to the Done list is just as satisfying as the old school way of crossing things off.
I know that this can be done with a google sheet and then all you would have to do is share it with people and enable them to edit the sheet, but I prefer this. Maybe it’s because I’m sick of using spreadsheets and Trello is just more visually appealing. It looks cleaner in my opinion.
Here’s a screenshot of My Wedding Planning Get Shit Done Board:
With so many things going on for the wedding and all of them being at different stages, using Trello helps me organize everything in one place. I like how I can see all my lists in one glance. It gives me a snapshot of the progress of my wedding planning, which I think is going a lot better
I also have a board for my blog, but it’s not as detailed as this. I will most likely be using it more for my blog once the wedding is over and things are back to normal.
I should note that I wasn’t compensated by Trello in any way.
Do you use Trello? What do you like about it and what do you use it for?