Double trouble: Lining up a move, planning a wedding and staying sane
Planning a wedding is supposed to be enjoyable and something that couples can do together as they envision what their big day will be like. What’s more fun than planning for a cake-eating, dance-filled, rice-throwing, champagne-drinking good time? Preparing for your wedding is all about anticipation and excitement!
On the other hand, if you’re planning a move, anticipation, and excitement likely don’t describe what you’re feeling – it’s probably more like stress and dread.
Now, imagine having to plan a wedding and a move at the same time. All at once, you’re up to your eyeballs in more details than you ever thought you could handle. It would be easy (and understandable) to become overwhelmed, but remain calm. With a little organization, determination, and the concierge services that Lodestone Real Estate provides, you can bring order out of this chaos.
Go with a pro or solo?
If your bank account can handle it, it might be worth your while to hire a wedding planner, someone you can just hand things over to while you slog through the details of moving. Or you could hire professional movers to handle the heavy lifting and dirty work while you plan the perfect nuptials. Movers are an especially good idea if you have heavy furniture or lots of stairs to climb.
If a moving company isn’t in the budget, you can still make it all work if you plan carefully and work as a team. But remember to keep your head and avoid arguing with your spouse-to-be. You’ll face your share of adversity during your married life, so you should learn to deal with it now.
Make a list
Sit down as a couple and make a list of everything you’ll need to do for both events. Your move might include items like making minor home repairs or cleaning before you move out for good, then include anything that needs doing at your new place. For example, if you’re buying, changing the locks on your new abode should be a top priority for safety’s sake. If you and your partner aren’t the DIY types, hire a locksmith for the job. Angi notes that along with looking at reviews of local locksmiths, you should also verify a contractor is properly licensed and insured before hiring them to make sure the work is done correctly.
For your wedding list, start broad with headings like “venue,” “photographer,” and “flowers,” and narrow down the related tasks under each of these categories. One important thing to remember is to make sure your guests, friends, and family know where to send gifts if you’re moving before your wedding.
Divide and conquer
There are so many tasks, big and small, to check off your moving list. The good news is that there are two of you now, so divide and conquer. For example, while one of you gathers boxes and packing material, the other can figure out what gets moved and what can be thrown out or donated. One could handle the moving truck logistics while the other figures out what furniture and boxes will go in which rooms.
Put someone in charge of keeping strategic items, like toiletries, sheets, and a change of clothes, packed separately and loaded accessibly – you’ll both be glad you did. You’ll find that divvying up the to-do list for your move will make it a little easier for one of you to stay on top of your wedding day details.
Planning a wedding and a move at the same time might sound like an impossible task. The truth is that there will be moments when you and your fiance feel like you’ve taken on too much – and you may even take your frustrations out on each other. Breaking both endeavors down into smaller, more manageable steps and focusing on the big picture will help you both stay the course so you have the wedding and home you’ve always dreamed of.
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